We Can Only Go Up from Here
City of Whitehall
We Can Only Go Up from Here
High Density Mixed Use Planned to Replace Blighted Neighborhood in Whitehall
Like in life, it’s not the hand your dealt that defines you in economic development. It’s about how you play your cards and capitalize on opportunities for your community.
For decades, Whitehall faced economic stagnation and developed an admittedly negative reputation. But with changes in leadership and proactive City-led economic development activity—such as property acquisition and public private partnerships—this reputation, and the face of Whitehall is changing for the better.
Case in point: the transformation underway at the intersection of Broad Street and Hamilton Road. On the heels of Norton Crossing—a new $50 million mixed use development at the southwest corner of the intersection—the Rockwell District promises to bring vibrancy to this once forgotten gateway into Whitehall by adding 1,000 new residential units, 75,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 250,000 square feet of Class A office.
But getting the Rockwell District project to its current state hasn’t been an easy task. In fact, it took a 12-year public nuisance case in Franklin County environmental court for the City to acquire the 35-acre condominium complex that once sat on the site. And once finally acquired, it’s taken countless partners to position the site—once home to over 150 stand alone condominium structures (with basements)—to be ready for redevelopment.
From the master developer T-Squared Developments, to the Central Ohio Improvement Corporation, to the Ohio Department of Development (which granted over $4.1 million for demolition of blighted structures), it’s truly taken a village.
But like most things in life, it’s worth fighting for the things most worth having. Today, the former condominium site has been combined with an adjacent 15-acre City owned site to make a 50-acre redevelopment opportunity like no other in the region.
All told, the $300 million project is anticipated to create 3,000 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs, inducing thousands more, resulting in a $4.7 billion total economic impact on the region. With site demolition complete, the City looks forward to welcoming you to the first phases of the Rockwell District in 2025.
Housing demand outstrips supply so much that developers can be – and are – very selective about where they choose to invest. Factors like land price, annexation and zoning processes, infrastructure costs, density, and community design specs will make or break a developer’s go-or-no-go decision. This panel discussion will provide insights into developers’ decision-making processes, as well as help direct the focus of local economic developers to those areas in which they can add value in housing discussions.
The Call for Presentations for the OEDA Annual Summit to be held September 4-6, 2024, at the Glass City Center in Toledo, Ohio, is now open. The Annual Summit offers a unique platform to highlight innovative solutions, spark discussions, and share impactful strategies that have positively influenced communities. The Annual Summit organizers are seeking speakers to provide a variety of high quality educational sessions to attendees.
The Ohio Economic Development Association has announced JP Nauseef and Dr. Ned Hill as the keynote presenters for the upcoming Ohio Basic Economic Development Course, April 29-May 2, in Dublin, Ohio. JP Nauseef, the President and CEO of JobsOhio, which has been described as the “best in class state economic development partnership,” will welcome the Basic Course students and Keynote the course. Dr. Ned Hill, a recognized national expert in economic growth, regional development, and economic development, will kick off the course by covering “What is Economic Development and What is the Job of an Economic Development Professional?”