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Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:31 AM
In the past year, several parcels of land totaling nearly 20 acres in a one-mile strip of East Dixie Drive in West Carrollton have been targeted for demolition.
The city is looking to redevelopment the Dixie/Central Avenue corridor along with the Great Miami River near Interstate 75 with the vision of turning it into a multi-million dollar entertainment district.
The sites targeted for redevelopment include:
-Carrollton Plaza, 1100-1192 E. Dixie. The city last year bought 13.75 acres next to I-75, land seen by local officials as a cornerstone for the entertainment district plan along the river. The $3.2 million project includes the planned demolition of the plaza targeted for this summer.
-The former Sonny’s Auto Spa, 744 E. Dixie. Kettering Health Network last year announced an intent to build a medical office building, a service lacking in West Carrollton’s City Center district. While details have not yet been proposed, the city last year demolished the structure on 3.84 acres as part of a three-way deal with KHN and the Montgomery County Landbank program.
-The former Duke’s Restaurant, 630 E. Dixie. Dayton Hydroponics, located on Ohio 725 in West Carrollton, last year bought the 1.4-acre site. It plans to tear down the building this year and construct a new home twice the size of the structure that’s there, according to the city.
Nearly 5,000 square feet will be available for lease, the first time in about 20 years new retail space will have been constructed in that district, according to the city.
-The former West Carrollton Car Wash, 518 E. Dixie. Last summer the city tore down the former business it has owned since 2013. No plans have been announced for the 0.324-acre site since the demolition, funded by a $20,000 Community Development Block Grant, according to the city.
-Colyer’s Automotive, 429 E. Dixie. The city plans to buy the land at the western end of the Dixie/Central split and across from the West Carrollton Civic Center. It plans to demolish the building using Ohio Public Works Commission grant funds, which are expected to cover 75 percent of the estimated $183,000 cost.
City Manager Brad Townsend said West Carrollton has long-range plans to convert the 0.191-acre parcel into a small park, similar to The Point at eastern end of the Dixie/Central split.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
TROY — A bicyclist was killed late Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while riding on West Main Street.
Troy police said Ball was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main Street just before noon when he was struck by the sport-utility vehicle also headed west, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.
Ball was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
The driver of the SUV was injured, police said, but was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy as a precaution.
The crash remains under investigation.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:55 PM
MIAMI COUNTY — UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.
Traffic is moving but motorists can expect delays due to a truck fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A.
Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a truck caught fire.
The incident was reported shortly before 7:45 p.m. at exit 69, near Tipp City.
Fire and EMS is on scene, but it’s not clear what led the vehicle to ignite.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:45 PM
— A video game that gives the player the choice to be an elite SWAT team member or take the role of an active shooter during a mass casualty event is drawing national and international backlash.
“Active Shooter,” developed by Revived Games and offered through the Steam video game platform, is a point-of-view simulation game that allows the player to lead a team to extract civilians and neutralize the shooter, or play as the mass shooter, according to its description.
“I have been stormed with accusations and heavy (criticism) from people across the globe,” the video game publisher, Acid, wrote. “First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting. Originally when this game started its course of the development, I (had) planned on having SWAT only based game-play. Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian. While I can see people's anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone. After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release, unless if it can be kept as it is right now.”
In addition to commenters on the video game storefront on Steam disgusted with it, a petition on change.org trying to stop its release has garnered more than 5,350 signatures.
Infer Trust, a United Kingdom charity, asked Valve, the company behind the Steam game store, to drop the title ahead of its June 6 release.
"It's in very bad taste,” an Infer Trust spokeswoman told the BBC. “There have been 22 school shootings in the U.S. since the beginning of this year. It is horrendous. Why would anybody think it's a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children? We're appalled that the game is being marketed."
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM
BEAVERCREEK — Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.
The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.
VIDEO: Beavercreek tornado of 2015
Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.
“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.
Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.
“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.
Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.
“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”
The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.
There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.
“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”