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This is technically not an official development proposal. But with four different proposals for outlet shopping centers currently being floated in Central Ohio - that's right FOUR - the director of Economic Development and Planning for Franklin County is asking why Westland Mall shouldn't also be considered. Or as he asks in the article, “Why doesn’t Westland remain viable for another retail use?”.From a purely planning standpoint this idea makes alot of sense. At 860,000 square feet, Westland Mall is larger than the 350,000 square feet needed in the other outlet center proposals. But some selective demolition could whittle Westland down to an acceptable size. Plus, the buildings and infrastructure are already in place. However, the biggest plus for locating an outlet shopping center at Westland is the newly constructed Hollywood Casino that is right across the street from it. Locating a tourist magnet like an outlet mall next to the existing tourist magnet of a casino seems like a natural match. Plus, Westland's location right next to I-270 allows for good access and visibility. Below is the article (full access subscription restricted) from Columbus Business First:Business First: Schimmer asks why not Westland for new outlet mall? The other four outlet shopping center proposal are as follows: (with links to their UO posts)Delaware County I-71 & Rts. 36/37 Tanger Outlet ProposalDelaware County I-71 & Rts. 36/37 NorthGate Centre ProposalNew Albany ProposalMadison County Proposal