Neighbors say they’re excited about the future of the former site of the Hara Arena as a Kentucky-based developer announces plans to purchase the property.
It has now been nearly two years since the Hara Arena shut down. Neighbors we spoke with said it was once a local staple for shows and concerts.
“It was an outlet just for people to be able to do all kinds of stuff,” said Trotwood resident Nathaniel Smith.
Smith said he believes another entertainment venue or shopping mall may be good options to build in the future.
“There’s a lot of things,” Smith said. “It’s just space. It’s a big old building. Anybody that has any kind of vision, you can do all kinds of things. But it has to be something the community needs.”
Brenda Coleman, another Trotwood resident, said she believes something the community needs is a supermarket.
“There ain’t none around here,” Coleman said. “And you have to go so far out to the grocery store.”
According to city officials, plans are still in the works for the site, and crews will first better secure the property after it is purchased by Garrett Day LLC.
Neighbors we spoke with said they’re pleased to see the site is getting interest from a developer.
“I’m just glad that somebody’s buying it and something’s going to be done versus there’s a lot of places in Trotwood that have been bought or just not in use anymore, and nobody’s done nothing in years to it,” Smith said. “So at least they’re going to do something with it.”
It’s too early to determine what could become of the site, according to officials.
The city is set to release more details at a press conference Monday.