Greene County to add traffic signal near Cornerstone

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 3:11 PM


            Cornerstone of Centerville, the site of what used to be Sugarcreek Twp.’s Dille Farm under contstruction. Nov. 22, 2016. TREMAYNE HOGUE/STAFF
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Cornerstone of Centerville, the site of what used to be Sugarcreek Twp.’s Dille Farm under contstruction. Nov. 22, 2016. TREMAYNE HOGUE/STAFF(TREMAYNE HOGUE/STAFF)

A new traffic signal will be going up at the intersection of Brown Road and Wilmington Pike near the Cornerstone of Centerville to help aid with the traffic flow created by the retail center.

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“When they widened Wilmington Pike for Costco, the people that lived in the end of Browns Run and the school buses had trouble getting out onto Wilmington to make a left turn safely,” Greene County engineer Robert Geyer said.

The signal will cost between $150,000 and $200,000 and is expected to be operational before the start of the 2017-2018 school year. The signal will be owned by Centerville, but paid for by the Greene County engineers office.

“We did a traffic study and it determined it warranted a signal. I couldn’t get anybody else to do it. Even though it’s in the city of Centerville, I’m paying for the signal to get it up because it’s protecting the residents of Greene County,” Geyer said.

Austin Landing South development could spur $350 million in investment

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 9:39 AM
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 1:18 PM


            So far, Austin Landing South is undeveloped land at the southeast corner of Austin Boulevard and Interstate 75. This view comes from the south side of the property in one of Springboro’s industrial parks. Staff photo by Lawrence Budd
            Lawrence Budd
So far, Austin Landing South is undeveloped land at the southeast corner of Austin Boulevard and Interstate 75. This view comes from the south side of the property in one of Springboro’s industrial parks. Staff photo by Lawrence Budd(Lawrence Budd)

As much as $350 million could be invested in development of Austin Landing South, the project proposed in Springboro across Austin Boulevard from the existing mixed-use development, according to Springboro City Manager Christine Thompson.

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That would be 10 times $35 million of potential public investment in roads and other infrastructure Springboro could provide to support the project to be constructed on about 60 acres, just east of Interstate 75, on the southwest corner of Austin Boulevard and Ohio 741, Main Street in Springboro.

On Friday, local officials and developer Larry Dillin said the 10 percent public share was necessary to make the project a reality.

“To develop a special project of this magnitude requires a public/private investment partnership to accomplish creation of space that is both special and lasting. That’s my commitment to Springboro and theirs to me,” Dillin said in a statement.

Thompson said the city government was considering the financial commitment to the project - on some of the last undeveloped acres within Springboro’s city limits - in hopes of securing “the best thing for the Springboro region.”

“This is an unusual opportunity. There are a broad spectrum of opportunities and development possibilities,” Thompson said. “So we need to be open to examine all of them.”

The Warren County Port Authority is preparing to finance as much as $35 million for Springboro to use in “acquiring, constructing, and equipping certain public improvements in connection with the Austin Landing South project”.

Earlier this month, the authority board approved a resolution in preparation for the financing, as well as a cooperative agreement with the city to help with the project, located in Montgomery County.

On Thursday night, Thompson and Assistant City Manager Chris Pozzuto said they were unaware of the port authority financing resolution and indicated the amount to be borrowed and repaid through diversion of property taxes on the improvements was yet to be determined.

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“We don’t have all of the numbers yet,” Thompson said after contacting port authority officicials about the resolution, approved on July 10 by the port board.

There has been no public presentation on Austin Landing South. Few details have been provided.

Dillin recently described his vision as “a mixed-use development that can readily adapt to the changing retail industry.”

RELATED: What’s next at Austin Landing?

How much of the development winds up residential, commercial or retail has yet to be determined.

Thompson has expressed hope Austin Landing South is developed as Levis Commons was by Dillin in the Toledo area.

In emails obtained by the newspaper, Dillin indicated Austin Landing South would be “pedestrian oriented and created at a quality level comparable to Levis Commons- complete with clock tower and fountains.”

RELATED: Springboro council traveled to Toledo area to tour example of developer’s work

Earlier this year, the entire city council and staff spent the night at the Hilton Inn at Levis Commons. During the trip, the Springboro group was to tour the development, hear a presentation from Dillin and meet with local officials involved in the Levis Commons development in the Perrysburg area.

On July 10, the Warren County Port Authority approved an agreement, mirroring one already approved by the Springboro council, establishing a partnership in developing Austin Landing South - although the land is in the Montgomery County portion of Springboro.

Austin Landing South “is expected to enhance, foster, aid, provide, and promote economic development within the City and the State by creating and preserving jobs and employment opportunities and enhancing the availability of adequate housing in the City and improving the economic and general well-being of the people of the State of Ohio,” according to the resolution.

“The Authority is possessed of broad powers relating to economic development and the creation and preservation of jobs and employment opportunities,” according to the cooperative agreement.

The other resolution indicates the financing would be used by the port authority to “reimburse” the city or developer for infrastructure, such as roads and utilities.

It indicates Springboro is expected to use money from a tax incremental financing fund set up for the Austin Development District - land in the four quadrants around the interchange in Miamisburg, Miami Twp . and Springboro. Property taxes from building improvements typically comprise tax incremental financing funds.

But no development agreement has been reached between the port authority, Dillin, acting on behalf of Springboro Landing Associates, and the city.

The resolution including the $35 million figure fulfills “an IRS requirement allowing future tax revenue to be used for developer public improvements. We were given that number as an estimate, but the plans are not ready to the best of my knowledge. We are waiting for their and the city’s lead,” Martin Russell, deputy administrator in Warren County, said in an email.

The newspaper has been covering development around the Austin Boulevard interchange for more than a decade. We will continue to bring you the latest information on this regional economic development, including the unfolding of plans for Austin Landing South, the 60 acres of the development district in Springboro.

Springboro moves forward with medical marijuana ban

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 8:30 PM


            Springboro City Council, at their meeting Thursday evening, July 20, 2017. (Lawrence Budd/Staff)
Springboro City Council, at their meeting Thursday evening, July 20, 2017. (Lawrence Budd/Staff)

The Springboro City Council moved forward on Thursday with a prohibition on cultivation, processing and distribution to a second reading.

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The council held a first reading on the prohibition after a public hearing on the issue during which no one other than Dan Boron, the city’s planning consultant, spoke.

The prohibition would replace an existing moratorium after council approval.

Ohio, local leaders react to news Sen. John McCain has brain cancer

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 11:31 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 11:31 AM

McCain cancer

The news that Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, has brain cancer drew reaction from across the country and in Ohio.

Here’s what some local and Ohio leaders had to say:

Congressman Mike Turner, R-Dayton

“I have had the privilege of working and traveling overseas with Senator John McCain to strengthen our Armed Forces. He has not only been a hero for our country but also a mentor to me. I have no doubt that Senator McCain will tackle this diagnosis with his decided courage and strength. My thoughts and prayers are with the Senator and his family.”

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich

“If there is anyone who knows how to fight against the challenges life throws at us, it’s Senator John McCain. Prayers for a speedy recovery.”

RELATED: Trump, Obama others send messages to McCain

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio

“John has more fight in him than anyone I know, and I look forward to having him back in the Senatr soon.”

RELATED: McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Springboro moving ahead with medical marijuana prohibition

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 2:12 PM


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The Springboro City Council is expected to take another step on Thursday toward declaring a moratorium on cultivation, processing and distribution of medical marijuana.

RELATED: Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio

The prohibition would replace a moratorium in place since last August in Springboro.

The prohibition would not prevent research or use of medical marijuana as permitted by new state law, Planning Consultant Dan Boron said in a memo to the Springboro council.

The council is expected to hold the first of three readings leading up to a vote on the issue.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control program is currently reviewing 185 applications for 24 cultivation licenses.

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Communities around the Dayton area and across Ohio are responding in different ways to the new law.

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Last week, Lebanon City Council ended months of debate over declaring a moratorium by letting proposed legislation die without a vote.

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The public hearing in Springboro is to begin about 7 p.m. Thursday at Springboro City Hall, 320 W. Central Ave. in Springboro.