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WMOH Updates Archives for 2021-09

FAIRFIELD APPROVES KOCH DEAL

Fairfield City Council has approved a tax incentive and utility improvement agreement with Koch Foods which will result in a $140 million expansion of their facility on Port Union Road. The company is planning to build a second manufacturing plant on over 18 acres behind the current facility. Koch is already Fairfield's largest industrial employer, with 1,190 full time workers currently at the site. The expansion will initially add another 400 jobs, with 200 more possibly in the future.

The city will give the company a 10-year, 75% property tax incentive on the expansion. The agreement also calls for the company to compensate the Fairfield City School District 30% and Butler Tech .5% of the tax abatement each year of the abatement.

HAMILTON CONSIDERS DORA EXPANSION

Hamilton City Council will get their first look at a proposal to expand the DORA program in the city, including longer hours and expanded boundries. In a report issued to council, City Manager Joshua Smith and Jacob Stone with the Department of Neighborhoods says the expanded boundries include Heaton Street from MLK Boulevard to North 8th Street, Maple Avenue from MLK to 7th Street, and Park Avenue from North B Street to Eaton Avenue. The program would also operate extended hours, beginning at 9:00am and lasting through midnight. Currently, DORA hours are from12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight. An October 27th public hearing is planned on the proposal.

 

IN MEMORIUM: COVID CLAIMS DEPUTY/HALL OF FAME ATHLETE

COVID has claimed the life of a hall of fame athlete, lawman, fisherman, and family man. Craig Mills passed away early Sunday at Mercy Hospital Fairfield. He was 57. Mills is a member of the Hamilton High School and Butler County Softball Halls of Fame. He was drafted in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers in 1982. He spent several years in the Tiger's organization, returning to Hamilton after injuries cut short his baseball career. Mills was a Butler County Sheriff's deputy from 2000-2019, becoming a part-time deputy after his 2019 retirement. He also worked for late county prosecutor John Holcomb. Mills played on six city softball championship teams in Hamilton, and also played for the nationally acclaimed Jay's team. Mills also became a pro fisherman, winning two Major League Fishing tournaments, and placing in the top ten 15 times. He was also a beloved coach at West Side Little League. Funeral arrangements are pending.

BIG CHANGES FOR BUTLER COUNTY ON GOP LEGISLATIVE MAP

Republicans in the Ohio Senate have released a proposed re-districting map that would 

mean major changes to Butler County's legislative districts. According to the map, the  4th Senate District would continue to serve Butler County, with the exception of Milford and Wayne Townships, Trenton, and Seven Mile, which would be represented by the 5th Senatorial District. The 5th district also encompasses Preble and Miami counties, along with parts of Montgomery and Darke Counties. On the house side, the 44th house district will represent Hamilton and Oxford, as well as Reily, Hanover, and Fairfield Townships. The 45th house district would cover Ross, Morgan, and West Chester Townships as well as the city of Fairfield. The 46th District would represent St. Clair, Madison, and Liberty Townships, along with the cities of Middletown and Monroe. Trenton, Seven Mile, Milford and Wayne Townships would be included in the 39th house district, which also includes Preble County and parts of Montgomery County.  

 

COUNCIL APPROVES BENNINGHOFEN MILL DEAL

Hamilton City Council took an historic vote for the Lindenwald area last night, approving a deal with developers Bloomfield/Schoen, who are planning to turn the old Benninghoffen Mill on Pleasant Avenue into a 20 million dollar mixed use development featuring apartments and retail venues much like the Marcum downtown. Under the plan, the city will buy the old factory for $650,000, making it eligible for historic tax credits. The city will then turn the property over to the developers, along with a $695,000 dollar grant and a 15 year tax abatement. Bloomfield/Schon has developed several projects in the area, most noteably the Peters Cartridge Plant Site in Warren County.

 

SPOOKY NOOK BEGINS BOOKING TOURNAMENTS

The owner of the Spooky Nook development at the old Champion mill updated Hamilton City Council about the project Wednesday night. Sam Beiler says they are now booked solid with sports tournaments from April through August of next year, and they may book earlier dates, depending on the progress of construction. Beiler says the tournaments should draw 8,000-10,000 visitors a day to the city. Beiler says the collapse of the frame for building 500 during a severe windstorm in March affected the project, but now they've finally been able to start moving the steel that had been on the ground hampering construction. Beiler says they've also contracted with an orthapedic practice, Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio, to set up a 22,000 square foot office in Mill One of the sprawling development.

 

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