HUBER HEIGHTS — The City of Huber Heights is in negotiations with the Montgomery County Agricultural Society to possibly sell a 80-acre parcel of land to relocate the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
Greg Wallace, Executive Director/Project Manager for the Society confirmed the discussions on Monday afternoon.
“We are in conversations with Huber Heights, that’s all I can say at this time,” said Wallace. “We still have a lot of things to consider and look into.”
The site, which sits directly east and north of Gander Mountain, sits near the intersection of I-70 and Old Troy Pike in the Northpark Shopping Center. That development currently includes Lowes, Kohl’s, Elder-Beerman, and Marshalls, and a Staples.
The Huber Heights City Council authorized Schommer to negotiate with an unidentified party for the sale at its July 11 regular meeting. At the time, Schommer described the project vaguely as a “recreation complex.”
In an unsigned and non-binding letter of intent that was part of the Council action, the city described the project in broad terms.
“The City of Huber Heights is pleased to express its intent to partner with the developer in the purchase or transfer of approximately 75.3 acres of land for the purpose of constructing a new recreational and event complex,” reads a non-binding letter of intent for the project. “The developer proposes to develop and manage a state-of-the-art recreational and event complex comprised of a variety of buildings.”
The property, described as Northpark Section 4 on the Montgomery County Auditor’s website, was sold to Wildcat Development Ltd. in 2010. The City of Huber Heights obtained the property in 2015 after a Sheriff’s Sale for unpaid taxes.
The location of the new fairgrounds has been the subject of much debate since a site in Brookville was deemed not viable. The current location, at 1043 S. Main Street in Dayton, has four companies competing to redevelop it once the fairgrounds is relocated.
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