WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There are several developments on the horizon in West Carrollton.
The more timely development centers around the mostly abandoned Carrollton Shopping Center.
The city purchased the shopping center in April of 2017. Most windows read “closed” or “we’ve moved” and that’s exactly what West Carrollton plans to do with the buildings: move on.
“It’s probably been a long time coming for people. Some people wanted it to happen a lot faster than it has. We are excited that we are almost there,” said West Carrollton Public Relations Coordinator, Erika Mattingly.
Traffic flows pretty heavily through East Dixie because of I-75.
West Carrollton is close to a $662,420 deal to demolish the buildings in hopes of moving forward with the Miami Bend Entertainment District.
The contract is expected to be approved Tuesday night.
“Here recently, it really does look like they are trying to make West Carrollton look a lot better. All the old buildings are being torn down, and the older houses that need to be torn down to renovated are gone now,” said Robert Bolden, a local resident.
As buildings go down, some are going up.
The Downtown Library re-opened after closing in 2017 for a rebuild.
Just down the street near the intersection of Miami and Central Avenue a 7-acre property is about to be purchased by SpikeIt, LLC.
They plan on building a $4.5 million athletic facility/bar.
SpikeIt is based out of Cincinnati and plans to bring several volleyball courts and bars to the area.
“Anything like that seems like it would bring more work to the area.I think it would be better for everybody. Especially the whole of West Carrollton. It brings more tax dollars into the city period,” said Bolden.
The deal still needs to be approved, but if everything works out, a 44,000 sq. ft. indoor and a 38,000 sq. ft. outdoor facility would be built and open by Cctober of 2019.
The new facility would bring in a minimum of 50 new jobs.
There are still 12-acres near the old Friend Paper office that the city hopes to develop.
Want to learn more? City council will discuss all of the above this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.