Is there trouble in Planet Oasis paradise?
The potential $2 billion sports and entertainment complex in Berkshire Township announced a naming contest in a press release, which is reprinted in its entirety below. Buried in the release was a split between developer David Glimcher and Blue Horseshoe Ventures, though.
Glimcher, whose developments included Polaris Fashion Mall, was seen as the face of the project when it was announced this summer. However, the release said that Blue Horseshoe Ventures Ltd. and Glimcher were unable to come to an agreement regarding Glimcher becoming one of the owners.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s website said that the Blue Horseshoe Ventures name is registered to Tony and Alex Sekulovski. Media reports said Blue Horseshoe Ventures has contracts signed to purchase the 350 acres the development would take up, as well as contracts with anchor tenants.
However, Glimcher and Lenni Male have formed their own company, Blue Horseshoe Development, LLC, and have said they are moving forward with Planet Oasis.
In the meantime, Delaware County and Berkshire Township officials are unsure of what’s going on. And when asked by The Sunbury News when the project preliminary plan would be presented to the township at a zoning meeting so the public could have their say, a spokesman said he believed the property was already zoned for whatever the development will be named.
“As we move forward in the months to come, we will continue to engage with local homeowners and business owners and the people throughout the community. We want to be good neighbors,” said Ryan Stubenrauch, spokesman for Blue Horseshoe Ventures.
Action Sports and Entertainment Destination in Delaware County Near I-71 Announces Exciting Next Phase of Development
SUNBURY, OH – Today (Oct. 9), Blue Horseshoe Ventures, the ownership group and developer behind the upcoming action sports and entertainment destination in Sunbury, Ohio, announced the next exciting phase of development for the project, including a public naming contest to rename what was initially referred to as Planet Oasis.
To date, interest and news coverage in the project has been intense across Ohio and even other parts of the United States. As Blue Horseshoe Ventures continues to move forward with the project, the company wants to provide the local community with the opportunity to be more involved in the project by choosing the new name. Other public outreach and community engagement efforts will be announced soon. As discussions with potential tenants and other parties interested in participating in the project progressed, there was a consensus to look for a name that better represented the nature of the project.
“This project will be the largest action sports and entertainment complex in Ohio and one of the largest entertainment and recreation destinations in the world,” Ryan Stubenrauch, spokesman for Blue Horseshoe Ventures said. “We know the community will play a big role in making this dream a reality, which is why we want to develop a strong community partnership. That partnership starts with naming the project.”
Beginning today (Oct. 9), Blue Horseshoe Ventures is asking any Ohioan who’s interested to visit BlueHorseshoeContest.com and submit a creative name for this $2 billion action sports and entertainment destination that will cover more than 350 acres. The person who submits the winning name will win a $1,000.00 Visa Gift card and get the opportunity to help cut the ribbon on opening day.
Blue Horseshoe Ventures, based in New Albany, Ohio, began laying the foundations for the project in 2017. The company entered into discussions with David Glimcher about the possibility of Mr. Glimcher becoming one of the owners in the development group. While these discussions were taking place, Mr. Glimcher provided some limited assistance to the company. Since the company and Mr. Glimcher were unable to reach agreement on the terms of him becoming an owner, the company is moving forward without him. “The owners didn’t want to slow down the progress of the project by getting sidetracked in lengthy negotiations, so the owners are moving forward and wish Mr. Glimcher the best in his many other ventures,” Stubenrauch said.
The company also announced that the facility would be built using environmentally responsible methods and will include wind and solar powered micro-generators throughout the facility to minimize the energy footprint. People enjoying the complex will be able to recharge their phones and devices using these micro-generators which will be strategically located throughout the venue.