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Prep work starts for $30M Beavercreek shopping, restaurant project

Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Prep work begins for $30M Bavercreek project

A developer has begun removing homes and trees on about 10 acres in Beavercreek where it plans to build a $30 million project that includes stores, restaurants, offices and possibly homes.

The property sits across from St. Luke Catholic Church about a quarter-mile north of the intersection of Dayton-Xenia and North Fairfield roads. Synergy Building Systems has acquired the land for a potential mixed-use development project.

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The developer has been in the process of acquiring homes, Synergy President and CEO Jerad Barnett said, and now can move forward with additional zoning work with the city of Beavercreek.

The property Synergy has purchased had eight or nine homes on it. Some of the people who were living there are still in the process of moving out, Barnett said.

It’s still too soon to announce who the anchor tenants or users will be for the new development, he said.

“There’s a lot of interest in the area and we’ve drawn up a lot of different site plans,” Barnett said. “I think in the next month or two, we will finalize our site plans for that.”

The plan is to build space for retailers, restaurants and offices. A limited residential component could be included, Barnett said.

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“That’s one thing we’re continuing to play around with,” he said.

Synergy hasn’t gone through the city’s specific site plan process yet for the project, Beavercreek City Planner Randy Burkett.

“The final layout/tenants are unknown at this point,” Burkett said.

Synergy worked with the city last year to get properties rezoned for a mix of office and retail use, Burkett said.

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“They have removed the trees/vegetation and will remove the existing structures within this area in advance of any site plan application,” he said. “The city was not involved in the acquisition of the properties.”

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University of Dayton and Deca High students help clean up Five Oaks

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

University of Dayton and Deca High School students joined together today for the annual Five Oaks neighborhood cleanup in recognition of Earth Day weekend. 

Located on the UD campus, Deca High is a preparatory school dedicated to helping students achieve their goal of graduating college. 

Bill Marvin, presdient of the Five Oaks Neighborhood Association and UD philosophy professor, said approximately 80 to 100 students came out to help clean up the neighborhood, around 20 of them Deca students. 

"Five Oaks is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city," Marvin said. "A lot of good people come together and it's really good for the community." 

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Members of the community also participate, helping the students with trash pickup, weed pulling, and tree plantings. 

"The more we take care of our common space, the better it is for everybody because we are all in this together, " said Marvin. 

Dona, a junior at Deca, sees the cleanup as an opportunity for herself and her classmates to come together and do something that benefits their community. 

"We don't have to come here, said Dona. "But we are tired of seeing trash everywhere and the neighborhood looking bad. We came here for our younger kids so we could show them that we can do things together that don't just benefit us." 

Cleanup efforts will continue April 22.

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Missing child found in Harrison Twp.

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:40 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Dayton child missing

UPDATE @ 8:52 a.m.:

Deputies have located the missing child at the Dollar General in the 5200 block of North Dixie Drive, according to reports.


Sheriff’s deputies are reportedly looking for an 8-year-old child who is said to have been missing for about an hour.

Officials were searching the area of Kildare Avenue in Harrison Twp. around 8:30 a.m.

We’re working to learn more.

Dayton child missing

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Volunteers help at Five Rivers MetroParks 31st annual Adopt-a-Park

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31st annual Adopt-a-Park cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day. 

Volunteers of all ages helped remove trash, plant trees, repair trails, and prepare flower beds at more than 2 dozen sites. 

Volunteers received a free lunch at Riverscape and a T-shirt for their efforts. 

"We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers. 

“The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn't be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians,” Kepler said. 

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Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 65,000 pounds of trash, 32 miles of river ways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed, according to a press release. 

"I think the success of this event reflects the community's support of MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage," said Kepler. 

Adopt-a-Park is sponsored by Vectren and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. 

To find out more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log on to or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

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Casa del Sazón open for business despite fire 

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

Tex-Mex restaurant Casa del Sazón notified its patrons via their Facebook page they have resumed normal operations after a fire was put on the premises Friday evening.

The fire department was dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m., after a cigarette was thrown on mulch outside the building. 

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Restaurant manager Armando Soto said no one was hurt, and the only damage caused was to the sidewalk next to the mulch. 

"Thankfully we caught it in time and it only damaged the sidewalk," said Soto. 

"The fire department came quickly and everything is OK,” Soto said. 

The restaurant resumed normal business hours this afternoon.

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