HUBER HEIGHTS — The changing face of Huber Heights showed up a number of times at Monday night’s city council meeting.
The first mention of ongoing development was the possibility of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds relocating to Huber Heights. The fairgrounds, currently located in Dayton, are looking for a new home.
City Manager Rob Schommer reported that an environmental study of the land the fair board is interested in has been completed. The land is located behind Gander Mountain and the shopping center on Route 202.
“We’ve been working with their representatives in an attempt to contact the North Park Phase I shopping center owners to review and discuss all the access easements, drainage easements, etc.,” Schommer said. “As those things, looking and examining the title, continue on then that will allow the fairgrounds and fair board to evaluate their continued interest in the land and we will continue with our discussions from there.
“Those are a couple of the key things we’ve been relying on the parties to get through before we get back in contact to continue our discussions to see what their plans are and hopefully we’ll have some more details to bring.”
Later in the meeting, council passed on to second reading a resolution that would authorize the sale of Lot 5 at the Rose Music Center to a developer for construction of a hotel. When the music center was built, the lot was designed for a hotel, but the initial development plan didn’t pan out. Schommer asked that the resolution be passed to a second reading with the understanding that at the next council meeting council could be asked to waive the third reading and pass the resolution as an emergency measure.
The price for the two-acre lot would be $600,000 and it would become home for a hotel with a minimum of 88 rooms.
The continuing development of Carriage Trails also was on the agenda with passage of an ordinance providing for the sale of notes not to exceed $3,611,000 for construction of streets and accompanying services in the area.
To top off the evening, Council Member Richard Shaw reported on new business development in the city. He said the Planet Fitness building is scheduled for completion in December and that ground will be broken soon on an International House of Pancakes. He also said a new furniture store will open soon and a beauty supply store on Troy Pike will hold a grand opening on Oct. 29.
Council’s next meeting will be held Nov. 14 at city hall.
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