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Ohio County Development Authority Secretary John Olejasz, left, and Board Chairman Commissioner Randy Wharton chair Thursday’s OCDA meeting at the Highlands Event Center.

The Highland development is set to get a cohesive and distinctive new look.

On Thursday evening, members of the Ohio County Development Authority gave their approval to begin a project with landscaping company Bohler of Pittsburgh. According to the plan, a new look for The Highlands will be designed in five phases and Bohler will receive a total of $32,000 for the work.

“I thought that was a pretty decent price for what they’re going through,” commissioner Zach Abraham said. “I guess it will be a three to six month undertaking.

“That kind of takes us to the next stage of executing what we want to do.”

A committee will be formed to determine what needs to be changed at The Highlands, and those ideas will be prioritized, according to Abraham.

The purpose of the design will be to create a visual identity for The Highlands, County Administrator Randy Russell added. Signage along the bridge over Interstate 70 is likely to be high on the priority list.

Paint color, lighting, and use of unused space should also be considered.

Separately, Harvey Greenidge, General Manager of Highlands Sports Complex, provided a financial update on the operations of the facility.

He said use of the sports complex is “in full swing” at the moment, as tournaments fill the facilities on weekends. The period from January to June will be the high revenue period for the sports complex, he said.

Greenidge acknowledged that the facility was a bit behind expected revenue, but that he believed revenue would increase for a full tournament season.

He said Bob Robinson Chevrolet was no longer interested in buying the naming rights to the Highlands Sports Complex, but wanted to be a sponsor.

But Greenidge said he may have to limit the number of sponsors with signage in the facility as it could become a distraction and detract from the resort’s appearance.

The OCDA will then meet at 6 p.m. on April 14 at the Highlands Events Center.

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