City Of Columbus And Casino Invest In West Side Community Fund
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus City Council made its first investment into the West Side Community Fund that supports West Columbus neighborhoods around the Hollywood Casino.
$125,000 will be used to support the Hilltop YMCA. Penn National Gaming, which runs the casino, said it matched the investment.
"We're proud to partner with Hollywood Casino to invest in the great neighborhood that surrounds it," Columbus mayor Michael Coleman said. "The Hilltop YMCA has been a valuable community resource on the West Side for more than half a century, and it is highly deserving of this first major investment."
The money helped the Hilltop YMCA expand its facilities including: new gym space, childcare area and rooms for health education and programs.
Eventually, the city and casino hope to invest millions of dollars back into the community. They city wants the West Side Community Fund to hit $5 million within the next two years. The city and Penn National Gaming will split the cost to reach the goal.
Local business owner Benny Phillips said he's hoping for a spark that helps revitalize the West side.
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