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01-16-04: West Bank booming

17-acre site in Celina combines condos, rental villas, a pond, swimming pool and banquet hall


Phase I of the Westlake Village development on West Bank Road is complete, with more than half of the 72 condominiums already sold and the villa rentals fully booked for 20 weekends in 2004.
A little more than six months ago the 17-acre site between U.S. 127 and Grand Lake St. Marys was bare. Now the site is packed with three large condominium buildings overlooking the lake and 46 rental villas surrounding an interior pond and swimming pool.
Romer’s Catering and Entertainment Facility has a building on site and will be relocating to Westlake from their Galleria location across Celina in February.
“The Westlake villas and condos are such an asset. It was only a hole in the ground, and six months later it’s a village,” Karen Romer, co-owner of Romer’s said Thursday.
The project started out as Westlake Villas and Luxury Apartments last March. The switch to Westlake Village occurred when the developer, Crawford Communities, of Columbus, decided to convert the apartments into condominiums and sell them rather than rent.
In an interview at the Westlake office with Crawford vice president Tom Hoying and chief executive officer Bobby Hoying, the brothers said potential renters of the lakeside apartments preferred to buy the apartments.
Since then, a condominium association has been created and crews went back into the apartments and upgraded things like countertops and appliances, because the units were not selling.
Travis Pedrosa, a 24-year-old Visions employee, is one of the first to move into a condominium complex. His one-bedroom suite has a glass door opening to a patio overlooking Grand Lake. The interior is spotless, with a new washer, dryer, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator and other amenities. From the rear of the building, it’s a short walk to his garage or the pool.
“I love it. In the morning, when it’s nice out the sun comes right through that door,” he said.
Pedrosa said he pays about $600 per month on the loan he secured for the suite. He says condominium dues are waived for all new owners for three years. The dues would cost Pedrosa less than $100 a month.
The suites available include one-, two- and three-bedroom, with the one bedrooms starting at $89,900.
“We’re trying to make this as easy for the buyer as possible,” Tom Hoying said, speaking of the finance company lined-up to offer assistance to buyers, Ohio Bancorp, of Columbus.
There is a phase II to the project, it includes more rental villas on the south side of the condominium site.
“We want to go through a full year first,’ Bobby Hoying said. “But we’re real excited about the progress so far.”
“What is encouraging is all this has happened in the off season. So we’re real excited to see what spring and summer will bring,” Tom Hayes, from Ohio Bancorp said.
For all big Celina weekends, like Lake Festival and Memorial Day, the rental villas are already sold out. Also, a dozen weddings are booked for 2004 where every villa is rented for guests.
Going hand-and-hand with the villas, Romer’s Catering is also seeing the reservations pile up.
The last night at the Galleria is Jan. 24, with the grand opening at the new location on Feb. 14. The nationally-known comedian The Killer Beaz is set to perform.
Karen Romer said regular entertainment will be a new feature for Romer’s.
“We’re at that point where we’re ready to dig in and go,” she said.


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