HUBER HEIGHTS —Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer recently spoke at the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce “Spotlight on Huber Heights” Annual Community Update about strengthening the foundation for economic development in Huber.
Schommer said voters in Montgomery County recently passed Sinclair Community College’s Issue 13.
“Their promise was good jobs and for our future,” said Schommer. He said the future can’t end at Sinclair until it starts in our local schools. He said marketing needs to be the core foundation of the educational force and said Huber Heights has a good school system.
Schommer talked about redevelopment in Huber Heights, highlighting economic growth since 2008 to keep the foundation strong as businesses reinvest with about a $69 million total private investment through a public investment of about $710,000 through grant funding for 1451 full time and 163 part time jobs retained or created. Schommer said that most of the grants issued by the ED/GE Committee are centered around retention.
Schommer distributed a brochure “Economic Development in Huber Heights” noting 24 projects reflecting investment to redevelop existing commercial properties. These include Enman Tool, Mattress Firm, Rural King, ABC Supply, Huber Health Center, Aida expansion, Huber Crossing (redevelopment of vacant Frank’s Nusery), Trimble Expansion, PVS Plastics, Fed Ex freight hub expansion, Children’s Health Center, K.E. Rose, Grismer Tire, McDonald’s on Merily Way, Marian Lanes, Arby’s at Brandt Pike and Merily Way, Roosters, Smyth Parts Plus, Clark Power/PTI Trucking, HH Gregg, Big Lots, Fifth Third Bank on Old Troy Pike, Aspen Dental and Taco Bell on Brandt Pike.
Approximately 587 homes have been built since 2008, including Carriage Trails (437), The Oakes (62), Lexington Place (23), Callamer Farms (12), Heathermere (10), Cottonwood Glen (13) Windbrooke (19) and Parktowne (11) reflecting $85,740,988 in property investment with an average home value of $146,066. Schommer said this housing is “growing the base” as people choose to live in Huber.
Schommer told Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge that the city has had some great partnerships with the county, which he said would continue to grow.
Schommer indicated that in the past five months, there is about $116 million of projects and investment started. He said one project will bring in new residents with a $37 million investment by Miller Valentine for multi-family market rate luxury rental units (apartment complex). Shommer said that people age 55 and up are expected to move into these as some residents seek to downsize.
Schommer said the Rose Music Center had a “great” first season with over 60,000 people attending the shows this summer. He said it is a “destination to our region, hopefully bringing in more growth and development.”
He said the Kroger Aquatic Center had a couple of years where it had some struggled due to weather.
“We had similar weather this year,” said Schommer. “But, we re-looked at how things would be managed…and turned things around a little bit. We’ve got more great ideas coming in for some additional marketing and providing more opportunities. It’s a gem for our community…”
Schommer said staff continues to focus on recreation in the community with direction from the Huber Heights City Council. He said the city focuses on the quality of life and building things like recreation and amenities to foster a sense of community and continue to establish a foundation to build and grow on. He said the city will seek to maintain collaboration and partnerships with the county, the state and local organizations such as the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce.
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