Otterbein, Westerville preparing for Democratic debate

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — David Gonzalez has lived on the edge of the campus of Otterbein University in Westerville for 17 years.

He’s excited about the Democratic Presidential Debate coming to Otterbein next week despite the fact that his street will be closed for the day.

“We’ve gone through some of that when they have big games and stuff like that but I think it’s quite exciting for Westerville to be a part of this,” Gonzalez said. “No matter what party you’re in favor of, to get this opportunity you should open your arms and throw out the red carpet.”

The debate is scheduled for Tuesday Oct.15 inside the Rike Center at Otterbein.

University Vice President Michael McGreevey said they are finalizing details on parking and transportation issues.

“There’ll be over 500 journalists in town for this event and then lots of people will attend the event and then there’s just lots of people that we can’t anticipate that just want to be part of it.”

The City of Westerville said a noticeable increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic is expected through Uptown beginning this Saturday.

The city has announced a number of road closures and parking restrictions. Road closures will be in effect from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

  • Main Street from Knox to North West Street
  • Grove Street from Park to Home Streets
  • Home Street between State and North West Streets

There will be no parking in the following areas during the same timeframe:

  • North West Street
  • West Broadway Avenue (no parking from Oct.8-16)
  • Vine Street
  • Home Street, Executive Court and Directors Court
  • City Hall Parking Lot (behind 21 South State Street)
  • Vine Street from East College to Park Street
  • Park Street from Otterbein to State

The following residential streets will be closed. Residents will be allowed access but should carry a state-issued ID or utility bill for proof of address to show law enforcement.

  • Sunset Drive
  • Martin Drive
  • West Broadway Avenue

Please expect increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic in Uptown beginning Saturday, Oct. 12. Delays are expected on State St. as a result. Please seek an alternate route as needed if Uptown is not your destination. Please note the following:

  • Merchants will be open special extended hours on Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15.
  • Most Uptown restaurants are booked for this event.
  • Special-interest groups may host “watch parties” in some public spaces in Uptown.

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