Westerville city officials pin hopes on vacant land

June 26, 2013 by  

Westerville, Ohio, city officials want their community to play a more active part in developing land in and around the community. According to reports, the city is considering buying 67 acres that have been vacant for over 10 years. The property, known as “Altair” is currently owned by private developers, and is located on the south side of Polaris Parkway between Africa Road and Cleveland Avenue. While this particular land has remained unused, retail developments and offices have gone up on three sides of it.

Dave Collinsworth, who is Westerville’s City Manager, believes the area is ripe for development, and would like to see the city itself become more active in the process. Collinsworth believes Westerville is being passed by in favor of development in other cities. He cites the fact that other communities are announcing developments taking place there, and believes that Westerville needs to concentrate on capturing opportunities they’re currently missing.

Development plans have been extant for this parcel since 2001, according to Julie Colley, Westerville’s Assistant City Manager. The plans were updated in 2005, and a multiplex theater and hotel were developed elsewhere. The economic downturn of 2008 brought much of the planning to an end, but the city is now determined to market the property to developers, and will add the infrastructure that will make the parcel attractive to potential retail and office establishments.

Since the city wants to bring new business to Westerville, officials could work with brochure printers to develop materials for distribution/mailing to potential tenants, explaining the advantages of locating on the new property.