Township hopes for more development on westside

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By Amanda Amsel
Staff Writer

An apartment community that has been an eyesore for Prairie Township for over a decade was recently purchased.

Havenwood Townhomes, an affiliate of the Romney Group, purchased the Metro West Apartments.

“We are very pleased by this purchase,” said Tracy Hatmaker, Prairie Township administrator. “We hope this purchase will motivate other businesses to invest in this area and result in further development.”

The township is currently in the process of demolishing several of the Metro West units because of its disrepair. This purchase will not affect that demolition.

According to a press release, 313 of the original 1,700 apartments units have already been demolished and an additional 328 units are slated to be demolished this month.

“The new owners want to concentrate on renovating the townhouse style apartments and have given us the OK to continue demolition on the garden style apartments,” Hatmaker said. “This community has been an eyesore on the community for sometime, so we are thrilled that action is finally taking place.”

Havenwood Townhomes plan to remodel 856 of the townhomes into luxury two, three and four bedroom units. They also plan on doing a complete exterior renovation.

“Our plan is to convert this property into one of the premier residential communities in west Columbus,” said Anthon Stauffer, director of acquisitions at The Romney Group. “We are going to devote significant resources and top-level management to ensure that we create a large family-focused community that out residents will be proud to call home.”

A portion of the Metro West apartments has been plagued with issues since 2004, when a fire took place and killed 10 people. Since then the properties have been vacant.

The Romney Group is a Utah based company that is owned and operated by Mitt Romney’s son Josh Romney.

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