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Developer claims Planet Oasis moving “full steam ahead” amidst bizarre drama

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Despite some pretty weird drama, one developer is claiming Planet Oasis is moving “full steam ahead!”

David Glimcher, who has been the face of the project since its inception, issued a release Monday, stating that “lots of exciting happenings behind the scenes” are happening with the $2 billion entertainment complex planned for Sunbury.

Glimcher and his partner in Planet Oasis Ohio LLC, Lenni Male, have allegedly had “major meetings with the Ohio Department of Transportation and Delaware County officials” in recent weeks, reports This Week News.

A few months ago, Glimcher parted ways with his then-business partners in Planet Oasis, Tony and Alex Sekulovski.

After the dissolution, both Glimcher and the Sekulovskis were vocal about pursuing the entertainment complex.

In a news release in October, the Sekulovskis said they had:

“entered into discussions with David Glimcher about the possibility of Mr. Glimcher becoming one of the owners in the development group [Blue Horseshoe Ventures]. While these discussions were taking place, Mr. Glimcher provided some limited assistance to the company. Since the company and Mr. Glimcher were unable to reach agreement on the terms of him becoming an owner, the company is moving forward without him.”

Sekulovskis filed a lawsuit in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas seeking a declaratory judgment that Blue Horseshoe Ventures holds all legal rights and obligations to purchase and develop the 350 acres in Sunbury, reports This Week News.

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Glimcher responded by telling The Dispatch that he has “retained counsel that’s dealing with the situation.”

It was at that time the Sekulovskis opened up a contest to the public to help them rename the Planet Oasis project in exchange for a $1,000 prize.

Last week, they announced the new name: Arcadia.

Here’s the website.

When asked on Facebook about the name change debacle, Glimcher replied:

“Unfortunately, a disgruntled ex-partner, who is not a developer, trying to compete with us.”

Planet Oasis, proposed for Routes 36/37 and Interstate 71 in Delaware County, is to include an indoor water park, a wave park for surfing, an outdoor lake, skate park, ice rink, e-sports arena and a shooting range, as well as spaces for go-kart racing, indoor skydiving, rock climbing, a 200,000-square-foot entertainment center with movie theater, bowling alley, laser tag arena, arcade and a “uni-coaster,” a roller-coaster-type attraction reaching 150 to 200 feet and so, so, so much more.

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Orange Barrel Hell: 5 road projects to avoid at all costs

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The ubiquitous orange construction barrel: a sign of central Ohio’s continual growth, and the stuff of traffic nightmares.

Road construction in central Ohio is a headache that may be impossible to avoid, but at least you can try. Here are five ongoing road projects to watch out for.

Watkins road at 33 – Closed indefinitely
A truck hit the 33 overpass at Watkins Rd on Thursday, leading to a closure of Watkins that could last for months, according to ODOT officials.

I-70 between I-270 and Wilson Rd – southbound Wilson closed for the weekend
I-270 to I-70 eastbound on the west side, as well as Southbound Wilson Road over I-70, will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday. The closure will last through the weekend. All lanes will reopen at 5:00 AM Monday.

I-71 South Side ‘Mega Fix’ Between Grove City and Columbus
The South Side construction project on Interstate 71 between Columbus and Grove City will add extra lanes, new bridges, and exit ramps throughout five miles of highway. The project will be under construction for at least three years, with completion targeted for the Fall of 2020.

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I-670 / I-270 Smart Lane
Construction on the Ohio’s first SmartLane has begun. The project spans seven miles miles of I-670 between downtown and John Glenn International Airport.

The new lane, called a SmartLane, will utilize state-of-the-art digital overhead signs installed every three-quarters of a mile to let motorists know if the lane is open to traffic. SmartLanes are intended to ease traffic congestion during peak rush hours.

3rd Avenue Widening near Railroad between Edgehill Road and Columbus Fire Station #25
Eastbound 3rd Avenue is detoured at Northwest Boulevard, except for local business traffic. This detour is expected to be in place for the rest of the year for a widening, reconstruction, and pedestrian path project.

What ongoing road project grinds your gears in your daily commute? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: Local church apologizes after kids spit on pastor

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Please consider this story your weekly reminder not to spit on people—even if they’re literally asking for it.

The Impact City Church in Pataskala has issued an apology over an Easter lesson gone wrong, in which youth minister Jaddeus Dempsey encouraged kids to slap him and spit on him. One student, at Dempsey’s direction, even cut the pastor’s bare back with a knife. The exercise was intended to teach students about Christ’s crucifixion.

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In a statement posted to Facebook, the church assured the public that there is a formal review and investigation of the incident under way from their Board of Directors:

While Dempsey’s future at the church is uncertain, perhaps this bizarre incident did manage to convey a simple lesson—don’t spit on people!

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There’s still hope for bigger, better Whitehall Kroger

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Two years has gone by since Kroger purchased a former Big Bear grocery store at the Town and Country Shopping Center in Whitehall, but the massive marketplace is still promising a bigger, better store for the community.

The place may just be a vacant lot right now, but according to This Week News, the 8.2-acre site at 3680 E. Broad St could become a shopping center with a drive-through pharmacy, fuel center, expanded kosher offerings, ClickLists, and other amenities.

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But ultimately, the project timeline is still being worked out.

Via a 15-year, 53% tax-increment-financing agreement Whitehall City Council approved in 2016, Kroger’s deadline to begin construction was pushed back from the end of 2018 to the end of 2021.

Kroger purchased the property for $4.2 million and is expected to shell out another $24 million to build the new store.


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