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Exit ramp to be widened for I-71 at routes 36/37

By Gary Budzak, The Delaware Gazette

Posted: 4:28 am - January 5th, 2016

 

The Interstate 71 North exit ramp for U.S. 36 and State Route 37 will be widened this spring, which means exiting the freeway sooner for drivers going to Sunbury or Delaware.

 

According to a graphic recently provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the ramp, which currently starts across from the A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson dealership, would begin just above the truck weigh station.  The exit ramp would be two lanes until it branches off into four lanes near the traffic signal.

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Weather permitting, construction is expected to begin in March and be completed in June for the outlet mall opening.

 

MORE: http://delgazette.com/news/5119/exit-ramp-to-be-widened-for-i-71-at-routes-3637

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Meanwhile, just south of the Tanger Outlet Mall, the proposed NorthGate development that was recently annexed into the Village of Sunbury got its zoning approved:

 

Sunbury approves NorthGate rezoning

By Dean Narciso, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 6:08 AM

 

The Sunbury Village Council approved the rezoning of 250 acres of farmland Thursday night that now is poised to become commercial and residential development.

 

Many of those objecting to the 6-0 vote live in a housing subdivision that is just south of the proposed NorthGate Centre project. ... Through annexations, the village has extended its border westward to I-71, which will allow NorthGate Centre to build a mix of homes, restaurants, hotels and commercial property on the site.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/04/08/1-sunbury-approves-northgate-rezoning.html

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Tanger Outlets Columbus expected to draw huge crowds all opening weekend

 

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The four-year journey toward the opening of Tanger Outlets Columbus was by all accounts a bumpy road.

 

Friday – the first day open for the 350,000-square-foot Delaware County outlet center – however, that road would best be described as packed with 15,000 shoppers expected and traffic at noon backed up more than five miles down Interstate 71 from the Route 36/Route 37 interchange.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/06/24/tanger-outlets-columbus-expected-to-draw-huge.html

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...traffic at noon backed up more than five miles down Interstate 71 from the Route 36/Route 37 interchange.

 

The Dispatch took a mainstream reporting approach to the huge traffic jam caused by yesterday's Tanger opening:

 

- Shoppers create traffic jam getting to new Tanger Outlets Columbus:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/06/24/traffic-brisk-for-tanger-outlets-opening.html

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While CU founder Walker Evans took a more satirical reporting approach to the huge traffic jam at http://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-tanger-outlet-mall-columbus:

 

"If you enjoy sitting in traffic and circling endlessly in overcrowded parking lots, then you’re in luck!  The new Tanger Outlet Mall officially opened this morning, just off Interstate 71 at the Route 36 exit between Delaware and Sunbury.  Shoppers jam packed the shopping center this morning to take part in the opening of the initial 74 stores at the mall.

 

Members of the media were invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am, but were not provided with any parking accommodations.  After 45 minutes of circling the parking lot and receiving no assistance from event organizers except for a “sorry about that” text message, Columbus Underground decided that the experience was complete for anyone looking to visit the outlet mall on opening weekend."

 

Walker then posted photos of the outlet mall taken from the road that rings the mall (see the aerial photo taken about one week prior to opening - posted below by me) alternated with photos of the traffic jam(!)

 

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EDIT:  Additional 2016 aerial photo that looks north toward the existing I-71 at Rts. 36/37 exit has been added on 5/22/18.

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^ A second I-71 exit, south of the existing one at Rts. 36/37, has been in the works for years:

 

2014: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/12/11/2nd-interchange-planned-near-3637.html

 

2016: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/delaware/news/2016/05/06/interstate-71-interchange-being-planned-south-of-3637.html

 

Exit plan graphic from 2014:

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Wasn't too long ago that there were zero exits between 270 and 36/37.

I think 22 years ago when the Polaris interchange was built. But DelCo had been wishing for southern interchange since before Alum Creek Reservoir was filled in.

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Bluestem Neighborhood Launching Near Tanger Outlet Mall

 

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Representatives from Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI) announced today that the first lots within the Bluestem Neighborhood — a subsection of the Northstar Community residential development in Delaware County — are now available for purchase. The neighborhood is centered around the Northstar Golf Club, just north of the Tanger Outlet Mall.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/bluestem-neighborhood-launching-near-tanger-outlet-mall

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Developer sets plans for retail center near Tanger Outlet Mall

 

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The developer of a long-planned retail project in Sunbury is fleshing out details of the open-air concept.

 

NorthGate Development is building an open-air shopping center off I-71 near Sunbury.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/04/12/developer-sets-plans-for-retail-center-near-tanger.html

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Berkshire Township: More interchange meetings planned

By ANDREW KING, THISWEEKNEWS.COM

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:05 PM

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation expects to resume public meetings this summer on a new Interstate 71 interchange south of U.S. Route 36 and state Route 37 in Berkshire Township.  If the project moves along as planned, it is expected to cost an estimated $54 million.  Construction could begin as early as 2018, depending on ODOT scheduling and funding.

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The new interchange is meant to alleviate traffic on the current interchange at routes 36 and 37.  Traffic continues to increase in the area, especially after the recent addition of the Tanger Factory Outlet Center. ... After the first public meeting in 2016, ODOT selected a route that would connect the new interchange west to the intersection of Africa Road and Routes 36 and 37.  The project also would construct a new road, called Sunbury Parkway, that would stretch to the other side of routes 36 and 37.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20170413/berkshire-township-more-interchange-meetings-planned

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240-acre development with nearly 700 housing units planned off I-71 in Delaware County

By Laura Newpoff, Columbus Business First

Updated: June 16, 2017, 10:30am EDT

 

A huge residential development is taking shape in Delaware County that will allow people to get apartments, empty nester condos and single-family homes in the Olentangy Local School District.  Local developer Pat Kelley has teamed up with a group of investors to create Northlake Woods, a 240-acre project that’s broken into two phases and situated at the intersection northwest of the new Tanger Outlets mall.

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Final approvals are expected soon from Berlin and Berkshire townships to extend Fourwinds Drive north from Route 36.  The development is just west of the northwest corner of the Route 36 and I-71 interchange. ... Overall, the project will have approximately 350 single-family homes and more than 90 condos in addition to the apartments.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/16/240-acre-development-with-nearly-700-housing-units.html

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Nationwide Realty taking wraps off new Northstar phase this weekend

 

Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. is taking the wraps off its second community at the massive Northstar development in Delaware County.

 

Called Bluestem, the neighborhood will feature Fischer Homes, Rockford Homes and Schottenstein Homes; they'll initially build on the 55 lots in the southern portion. Including the northern portion, Bluestem has 114 lots.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/23/nationwide-realty-taking-wraps-off-new-northstar.html

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Developer teeing up new 225-home development near Tanger Outlets

 

Prolific developer Pat Kelley has his eye on another large-scale expansion in Delaware County.  Plans are coming together for a new 225-home development northwest of the intersection of I-71 and Rt. 36, near Tanger Outlets Columbus.

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This project will be just north of a 240-acre project Kelley is already developing in the same area.  That project, called Northlake Woods, will include 252 apartments and 90 patio homes, and work is underway.

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/03/30/exclusive-developer-teeing-up-new-225-home.html

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Esports venue at Planet Oasis targeting fast-emerging industry

 

When Planet Oasis opens in Delaware County, its developers say competitive gaming is going to be a big part of the attraction.

 

Blue Horseshoe Ventures Ltd., the development group behind the proposed 350-acre Planet Oasis entertainment complex near the Tanger Outlet Mall at the intersection of I-71 and Rts. 36/37, wants to make esports a key component of the development alongside traditional indoor and outdoor sports, wellness activities, conference centers and other attractions.

 

The multi-billion-dollar development has a bold strategy: Targeting industries that are growing in major global markets, but are relatively under-invested in the Midwest.

 

"We have a partner who can immediately bring this to the worldwide stage, and esports is a fast-emerging market," developer David Glimcher said in the announcement.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/08/13/esports-venue-at-planet-oasis-targeting-fast.html

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$40M 'multi-tainment' anchor of Planet Oasis could open next year

 

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The developer behind the planned $2 billion Planet Oasis project has signed an agreement with its prospective anchor tenant, which could mean a major opening at the complex as soon as next year.

 

Blue Horseshoe Ventures Ltd., the New Albany-based partnership of David Glimcher, Lenni Male and Tony Sekulovski, made the plan official for California-based UltraStar Cinemas to join the expansive Delaware County project.

 

The company has one UltraStar Multi-tainment Center open now in Maricopa, Arizona. The new $40 million, 160,000-square foot facility would include a major movie theater with 3D showings and D-BOX motion-enhanced seats, as well as amenities like in-theater dining, beer, wine and cocktails, and VIP suites with soundproof rooms for parties of six to 20.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/08/27/40m-multi-tainment-anchor-of-planet-oasis-could.html

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Planet Oasis developers split, raising questions about massive project

 

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The development team behind the massive Planet Oasis proposal in Delaware County has split up, leading to questions of what will happen to the proposed $2 billion entertainment and sports complex. 

 

David Glimcher and Lenni Male have parted ways with Tony Sekulovski and Alex Sekulovski, both sides confirmed Tuesday.

 

Together, they made up New Albany-based Blue Horseshoe Ventures Ltd., which unveiled plans for the 350-acre entertainment and sports complex near Sunbury this summer. Separately, they both say they're moving forward with the project without the other.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/10/09/planet-oasis-developers-split-raising-questions.html

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Former Planet Oasis partners say $2B project is going forward – separately

 

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After a nasty split, two teams say they are moving forward on their own with the ambitious $2 billion Planet Oasis sports/entertainment/hospitality mega-complex in Delaware County.

 

The development team announced the split this month, putting plans for the 350-acre entertainment complex in Berkshire Township in question.

 

New Albany-based Blue Horseshoe Ventures Ltd., the development entity incorporated last year that includes Tony Sekulovski and Alex Sekulovski, says it's wrapping up early a planned contest to rename the project.

 

Submissions are now due by midnight on Oct. 31, "due to the overwhelming number of entries already received," said spokesman Ryan Stubenrauch.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/10/19/former-planet-oasis-partners-say-2b-project-is.html

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Tug of war over Planet Oasis continues

 

The two sides at odds over the $2 billion, 350-acre mega sports/hospitality/entertainment complex each reaffirmed commitment to the Delaware County project this week.

 

New Albany-based Blue Horseshoe Ventures Ltd., controlled by Tony Sekulovski, said some of the tenants that were announced when there was one group behind the project were moving forward with them.

 

Among them, UltraStar Multi-tainment Centers, which developers said over the summer would be the site's anchor, as well as Sidney-based Action Sports Agency, which it said would provide strategic planning for sports and entertainment facilities.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/10/26/tug-of-war-over-planet-oasis-continues.html

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