ODOT Prepares For Outlet Mall Madness

Owner Expects Up to 15,000 Visitors First Weekend

Drivers who use Interstate 71 in Delaware County should be on the lookout for “slow or stopped traffic” near the near the exit for Routes 36 and 37 beginning this Friday.

To prepare for the new Simon Tanger outlet mall opening in Delaware County, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and mall representatives met recently to discuss traffic control on opening day and the first weekend.

“The safety of the motoring public is paramount to ODOT,” said Jack R. Marchbanks, District 6 Deputy Director. “In addition to partnering with local law enforcement, ODOT will utilize several resources including overhead electronic signs, traffic cameras, roadside message boards and social media to alert drivers of the congestion.”

Some of those message boards will be located in Franklin County before drivers reach the Polaris/Gemini exit, and to the north in Morrow County near Route 61so drivers can use an alternate route if traffic is backed up on I-71 in Delaware County.

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Ohio Department of Transportation will deploy a State Farm Safety Truck on I-71 this weekend for the area around the brand-new outlet mall opening on Friday.

Vehicles stopped on the highway while others are driving by at interstate speeds is extremely dangerous. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office shared with ODOT they will have deputies stationed at all of the ramps. The mall expects 10 to 15,000 people during its first weekend.

“Coordination and communication is key to a safe weekend,” said Jack Marchbanks.

ODOT will also assign a State Farm Safety Patrol vehicle that normally patrols the Columbus area to I-71 in Delaware County for the opening weekend. The unit will patrol between Interstate 270 in Franklin County and Route 61 in Morrow County.

“That safety patrol vehicle will be an extra set of eyes and ears all weekend long for ODOT,” said Mitch Blackford, District 6 Highway Management Administrator. “The safety patrol vehicle can assist motorists who may run out of gas or need help changing a tire.”

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Delaware County Home Sales

It was another busy week in the Delaware County Ohio real estate market with 97 valid sales taking place and accounting for nearly $28 million in transfers.

Delaware (27) and Lewis Center (20) are common communities in the top-three however Westerville was finishing up the month strong with 15 units.

Sales only include transfers that are marked as “valid sales” by the Delaware County Auditor’s office.

Delaware County Homes Sale Statistics

August 24-30, 2015

City Units Amount Average
Ashley 1 $75,500 $75,500
Centerburg 2 $460,400 $230,200
Columbus 1 $186,700 $186,700
Delaware 27 $6,444,480 $238,684
Dublin 2 $755,000 $377,500
Galena 8 $3,026,363 $378,295
Johnstown 1 $75,000 $75,000
Lewis Center 20 $5,560,915 $278,046
Ostrander 1 $248,000 $248,000
Powell 11 $4,162,973 $378,452
Sunbury 8 $1,926,066 $240,758
Westerville 15 $5,049,197 $336,613
Total 97 $27,970,594 $288,356.64

Click on the community name to get a listing of homes sold in that community during the past week.

Lia Sophia Party To Benefit Delaware Humane Society

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A Lia Sophia party will be held on Thursday, August 16, with a portion of proceeds being donated to the Humane Society of Delaware County. (photo submitted)

A Lia Sophia Party will be hosted by Michelle on Thursday, August 16, at P.J. Pizza in Sunbury, Ohio, with proceeds from the sales going to The Humane Society of Delaware County.

According to the Humane Society’s Web site, Proceeds from every sale go directly to the Humane Society of Delaware County. Lia Sophia Jewelry packs a life-time warranty and you can spruce up any outfit with a little bling of Lia Sophia. If you volunteer to host a jewelry party, you will receive any piece (under $100) just for $15 as a hostess special, plus proceeds from your party will go towards the animals in precious need.

For more information or to RSVP plans to attend by Tuesday, August 14, at 5 p.m. to Michelle at 614-327-0894.

P.J.’s Pizza is located at 571 West Cherry Street in Sunbury, Ohio.

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Memorial Day Events Around Delaware County

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There are numerous events taking place around Delaware County on this Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and a chance for Americans to honor those that made it possible for this great nation to be what it is.

It is extremely hard to figure out where the tradition began but General John Logan in May 1865 was among the first to put out a call for nationalization of America’s war dead.

Delaware County continues that tradition this year with many communities continuing the tradition honoring those that have given their life for the American cause.

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

  • Delaware, 3 p.m., Soldiers Circle, Oak Grove Cemetery

Monday, May 28, 2012

  • Radnor, 8 a.m., Breakfast at Radnor United Church of Christ; 10 a.m., Parade ends at Cemetery for ceremony, Hog roast to follow by Radnor Fire Department at Community Center
  • Plain City, 9 a.m., parade, elementary school to Bigelow Cemetery
  • Westerville, 9:45 a.m., parade from the corner of State Street and College Avenue, pause at the old National Guard Armory on State, then proceed to Otterbein Cemetery
  • Powell, 10 am., Parade followed by memorial ceremony at Greater Powell Veterans Memorial.
  • Sunbury, 10 a.m., Parade, J.R. Smith Park
  • Dublin, 11 a.m., procession from Bridge Pointe Center to Dublin Cemetery with wreath-throwing ceremony on the Bridge Street bridge. 11:30 a.m., ceremony at Dublin Cemetery. Noon, commemoration at Grounds of Remembrance in Veterans Park with speaker Alex Rozanski, military veteran and brother of Capt. Nicholas Rozanski, an Ohio National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan in April. 12:30 p.m., free picnic lunch on the grounds of the Dublin Library.
  • Galena, 1 p.m., Village Square

So thank a veteran today for giving some – or better yet – get out to one of these events and honor those veterans that gave it all during a war.