Public Input Accepted on Future of Former Westland Mall

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Franklin County planners took input from the public Monday about what to do with the former Westland Mall property, on West Broad Street.

The county's Economic Development and Planning Department took the opinions about the property, with the mall owners buying the former Sears site for just over $3-million.

Sears did have veto power over what could have happened with the property, but that's no longer the case.

Many residents and officials who talked to ABC-6 Monday wanted to see something along the lines of a hotel or event center, a hospital, or even a facility for more white-collar jobs, which they say is what the area needs.

Others say something to compliment the nearby Hollywood Casino would fit best for the area.

The mall officially closed in 2017. Ultimately, the property owners have the final say on what happens to the facility.

(photo courtesy ABC-6)

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