Kettering could purchase 305 acres at Miami Valley Research Park

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 5:07 PM


            City of Kettering will purchase 305 acres of the Miami Valley Research Park for $1.5 million. FILE
City of Kettering will purchase 305 acres of the Miami Valley Research Park for $1.5 million. FILE

In a push to attract new businesses to the city, Kettering could soon buy 305 acres of the land in the Miami Valley Research Park.

The city is expected to approve a contract Tuesday to purchase the undeveloped land in the Kettering portion of the giant commercial business park. The non-profit foundation, Miami Valley Research Foundation, that runs the development has been looking to sell off land and buildings.

Gregg Gorsuch, Kettering’s economic development manager, told the Dayton Daily News that if council agrees to the contract, the city would close on the deal in July. He said the deal will cost the city $1.5 million at closing, and could go up to $3 million if certain deed restrictions are lifted. The deal does not include any buildings already standing.

One of those major deed restrictions requires any business that moves into the park to be science or research-oriented. Gorsuch said the purchase would allow Kettering to lure in new businesses and help current businesses expand within city limits — a major economic driver.

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“The biggest restriction is the requirement for any business operation going out there having to have a research and development component to it,” he said. “It’s fine, we can do that, but it would open it up to more business opportunities if it was lifted.”

If the restrictions are removed, the city would then be able to utilize its locally controlled zoning codes to work with prospective businesses, said Stacy Wall Schweikhart, city spokeswoman.

The business park spans 1,250 acres in Kettering and Beavercreek and is home to some of the Miami Valley’s largest companies, including Reynolds and Reynolds. In October, the Dayton Daily News reported that the Miami Valley Research Foundation was looking to sell four buildings and more than 700 acres of undeveloped land valued at $30 million.

In the early 1980s, the state granted more than 600 acres of land and $20 million to develop a business park that would focus on research, scientific, academic and related organizations. Later, more land was purchased in Beavercreek to bring the total to 1,250 acres — that land does not have a deed restriction that the original land has, which stipulates what type of company can acquire residence within the park.

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Land Holding LLC will assume ownership of the four existing buildings from the foundation. The University of Dayton, Wright State University, and Sinclair Community College will continue to lead efforts, in collaboration with regional leaders, to attract innovative new organizations to the complex, according to a statement.

Local college presidents from Sinclair Community College, the University of Dayton and Wright State University are permanent trustees of the foundation, and they now say the park should transition into a new phase — with new ownership of the land, different leadership in the foundation, and a loosening of property deed restrictions.

WSU, Sinclair and UD presidents are permanent Class A trustees, and MVRF board chair Steve Johnson said they don’t see the need for presidents to be required leaders of the foundation. It would require state action to officially take the presidents off the board.

“The Miami Valley Research Foundation Board is pleased with this news, both for what it means for our community and for the future of the Miami Valley Research Park,” Johnson said. “This investment provides an excellent opportunity for economic development for the future of our community and also provides the Research Park with the stability needed to move forward. This is a great day for all parties involved.”

The original purpose was to promote scientific and technology-based work within higher education while creating a tighter knit community of local universities. Johnston told this newspaper in a previous interview that the recession had impacted the economic health of the park, and it was difficult to use the same business model the park was founded under.

As the economy bounces back, the land will open new opportunities for the city, said Kettering Mayor Don Patterson. He said the universities worked graciously with the city to execute the land purchase.

“Reinvestment in the Miami Valley Research Park is essential to the long term growth and stability of our region,” Patterson said. “As a land-locked community, the opportunity to acquire green space appropriate for commercial development is rare and one we couldn’t pass up. We are confident that this is a wise investment for the future of Kettering.”

BY THE NUMBERS

1,250: total acres in the park

$410 million: amount of capital investment in park development

22: total buildings in the park

450: total acres developed in the park

4,000+: workers in the park at various companies

Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks for door latch issue

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:51 PM

Ford Motor Company Co. is recalling more than 1 million vehicles, including F-150 vehicles, in North America.
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Ford Motor Company Co. is recalling more than 1 million vehicles, including F-150 vehicles, in North America.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 1.3 million 2015-2017 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty vehicles in North America.

In a Wednesday news release, the company said a water shield needs to be added to door latches. Without the shield, the latches could freeze and cause the door to not close or open correctly. 

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“Should a customer be able to open and close the door with these conditions, the door may appear closed, but the latch may not fully engage the door striker with the potential that the door could open while driving, increasing the risk of injury,” Ford said.

Reuters reported that Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said those who have the affected vehicles should get a notice next month. She did not have a time frame for when parts would be available, according to Reuters.

“We take the safety of our customers very seriously. Our decisions are driven by the data available,” Weigandt said in an email to Forbes. “When the data indicates a safety recall is needed, we move quickly on behalf of our customers.”

Dealers will inspect door latch actuation cables, which could be bent or kinked without the shields, and repair them at no cost if needed. Dealers will also install water shields over the door latches at no cost to the customer.

The company said it is not aware of injuries or accidents tied to the issue.

More information can be found at the Ford Motor Co. website.

New area Dunkin Donuts sold

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:47 PM


            The Dunkin Donuts at 1310 Woodman Drive just south of Linden Avenue in Riverside. MARK FISHER/STAFF
The Dunkin Donuts at 1310 Woodman Drive just south of Linden Avenue in Riverside. MARK FISHER/STAFF

The year-old free-standing Dunkin Donuts in Riverside has a new owner.

GOC Realco LLC sold the Dunkin Donuts location at 1310 Woodman Drive to Nathan Nahmias and Joyce Arlene of Los Angeles, Calif., Montgomery County property records show. The sale price is given as $1.962 million.

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Two years ago, Gilligan Oil, a Cincinnati-based Dunkin Donuts franchise, applied for a county building permit to build a home for a new Dunkin franchise near the intersection with Linden Avenue.

The national coffee and breakfast chain has been expanding, and that store was an indication of exactly that. The Woodman Drive store was the Dayton area’s sixth Dunkin’ Donuts shop when it opened last October.

It was the fifth Dayton-area location launched by franchise owner Pat Gilligan, who has been responsible for reinvigorating the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in southwest Ohio, this news outlet has reported. Gilligan has also opened new Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Sugarcreek Twp., Springfield, Kettering, and Centerville.

The Woodman property was sold in July 2016 from Riverside Professional Building LLC to GOC Realco LLC for $250,000, records indicate.

6 legit money-saving hacks for apartment renters

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 12:42 PM

Each one of these tips will help you save a little money when it comes to renting an apartment Check out rentals in the chilly months. Choosing the second floor of a place with three levels of units saves dramatically on the utility bill If you're responsible for the electric bill at the apartment, hack away at it Get renters insurance Make an inexpensive deck tile upgrade that merely rests on the bathroom floor and can be used at your next place Make time to schedule a walk-through at the empty apartmen

From the moment you start searching for an apartment until your last goodbye to the landlord, there are numerous fees, utility costs and more than can make having your own place a little more expensive than you planned.

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There are several money-saving hacks to trim some of those added costs, according to frugal bloggers, lifestyle pro's and real estate experts.

Each one of the tips below will help you save a little money so that you can save toward splurges and bigger goals− like homeownership.

Apartment hunting got you down?(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Check out rentals in the chilly months.

While November through February offer fewer rental options, you can strike a deal for a lower rent more often and more easily in the winter months, according to Lifehacker. Landlords have to look harder for tenants in these slow apartment hunting months, so they might be more willing to take less rent or a lower deposit, or to offer a few extra services than what you'd get in spring and summer.

Choose floor No. 2. 

While conventional wisdom indicates saving money by opting for a floor that's higher in the building, that cheaper rent could push your other bills higher, according to the Wise Bread blog. Choosing the second floor of a place with three levels of units saves dramatically on the utility bill -- far better than getting a nominal rent break. The best insulated floor of three is the second, which is particularly important if you'll be paying for air conditioning in the sunny South.

Power down on the electric bill.

If you're responsible for the electric bill at the apartment, hack away at it, real estate website Trulia advised. Be sure to identify energy sappers like appliances that use a remote control or an external power supply or have a continuous display, Trulia said. All of them continue to use electricity even after they're turned off. To save as much as $150 on your power bill annually, invest in a smart power strip and plug in such devices as TVs, cable boxes and game consoles to cut off "phantom power" at the source.

Save on renters insurance

You could always save on renters insurance by forgoing it altogether, but that leaves you open to losing all you own, according to The Balance. Instead, get the insurance, but economize by exploring professional discounts if you are in a profession such as police officer, firefighter, teacher or nurse or are a credit union member or retiree.

If you haven't already chosen where to rent, you may want to opt for apartments near a fire station, in a low crime area or in a newer building to further reduce your renter's insurance.

Make a movable bathroom floor upgrade

A lot of the most affordable apartments, and even some of the pricier ones, have unattractive, cold or warped bathroom floors. To keep from losing your deposit by altering the actual bathroom floor, consider making an inexpensive deck tile upgrade that merely rests on the floor and can be used at your next place, too, RentManager.com suggested. And instead of cutting tiles to fit that specific floor, fill in the hard-to-fit nooks and crannies with black river rocks.

Walk through on your way out. 

Make time to schedule a walk-through at the empty apartment before you're gone for good, Wise Bread recommended. Look at the place with your apartment manager, and review any charges you might incur against your deposit and any outstanding bills. While it's tempting to avoid the face-to-face even if you've had a wonderful rental experience, having the supervisor sign off on notes from your conversation lays the groundwork for protests far better than waiting to get the refund in the mail.

Massive new local greenhouse to deliver produce to Dayton groceries

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:51 AM

A photo of a Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum in a greenhouse at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A photo of a Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum in a greenhouse at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Construction on a massive greenhouse that will grow produce for delivery to area groceries is starting this week.

BrightFarms, Inc. is breaking ground in Wilmington this week for construction of its first greenhouse farm in Ohio, the company said Wednesday.

The 120,000-square-foot farm will provide locally grown salad greens and herbs to supermarkets in the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus metro areas.

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With greenhouse farms outside of Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, the Wilmington farm will be the fourth greenhouse for the company.

“We have seen demand for our salad greens climb sharply as the market for local has grown,” Paul Lightfoot, BrightFarms chief executive, said in the company’s announcement. “The salad greens on shelf in supermarkets are grown on the West Coast and typically spend up to a week in transit to the Midwest. Growing inside of a greenhouse allows us to supply Ohio supermarkets with local produce on a year-round basis.”

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“The company is proud to note that its Wilmington facility will be creating 30 permanent ‘green-collar’ jobs for local residents, each paying a living wage and offering health benefits,” Bright Farms said.

Salad greens will include spring mix, spinach, baby kale, romaine and arugula.

All of the company’s salad greens are pesticide free and are certified non-genetically modified, it said.

New York-based Bright Farms describes itself as a company that finances, builds and operates local greenhouse farms in partnership with supermarkets, cities, capital sources, and vendors.