Several hundred people gathered Tuesday night in east Columbus to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said recommendations will be forthcoming soon regarding the future of Nationwide Arena and the Columbus Blue Jackets. And the mayor pushed for a joint management agreement between Nationwide and Value City Arenas.
The fight over an Arena District casino may be over. The company looking to build a casino in Columbus now says a location on the west side is its best option. Penn National Gaming Tuesday agreed to build its casino at the site of the shuttered Delphi automotive plant on Georgesville Road.
The company interested in building a casino near downtown Columbus has completed the purchase of acreage in the arena district. But in the face of strong opposition to a casino in that area, officials with Penn National Gaming say they are still reviewing possible alternative sites.
One of the leading opponents to a downtown Columbus casino was very much for a similar development in Pittsburgh. Nationwide Realty Investors is credited with guiding the development of the very successful Columbus Arena District. Four years ago Nationwide wanted to build a similar district in Pittsburgh; but that one would have included a casino.
A new report commissioned by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce says the city’s NHL franchise the Blue Jackets is losing around $12 million annually. Those losses have led to fears that the team might be sold and/or moved elsewhere. That would be a disaster for the Arena District says the top chamber official.
The board of Columbus’ travel and convention bureau decided Wednesday not to take a position on statewide Issue 3. That’s the ballot issue that would amend the constitution to allow the building of a casino in downtown Columbus and three other Ohio cities.
If voters approve Issue 3, Columbus might see a casino in the arena district, one of the city’s main tourist destinations.
In workplaces, schools and at homes, Central Ohioans stopped what they were doing to witness history. WOSU reporters watched the inauguration with three groups of people. WOSU’s Sam Hendren leads off our coverage. He watched the ceremony at the Martin Luther King Center on Columbus’ Mount Vernon Avenue.
Nationwide Realty Thursday announced plans to turn an Arena District Eyesore into a new 20-story condominium tower and complex Officials say the development was inspired by the success of similar downtown developments. Nationwide Realty Investments plans to renovate the currently empty A&P warehouse on the corner of Neil Avene and Spring Street.