$80 million Tipp City project stalls after tax abatement decision

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TIPP CITY — NorthPoint Development informed Tipp City officials Tuesday evening they will not pursue a planned $80 million project with two 500,000 square-foot warehouses in the city after the local Board of Education declined to approve a request for tax abatement.

At their meeting Monday, Tipp City school board members did not second a motion by President Simon Patry to approve the abatement request. Without a second, the motion died.

The motion was made after the board met earlier in its meeting with representatives of NorthPoint Development and Matt Spring, city development director. Board members did not discuss the merits of the abatement request in their public meeting.

The request was for 100 percent abatement for 15 years on the buildings targeted for around 97 acres of land. NorthPoint Development notified the city Tuesday evening it was letting its option on the land expire, said John Green, city finance director.

NorthPoint had outlined a series of payments it proposed to make to the school district over the life of the abatement, including a payment in lieu of taxes and a share of the city income tax.

NorthPoint Development earlier this year said it was looking to build two 500,000 square-foot warehouses on property north of Evanston Road, between Interstate 75 and County Road 25A as available space for projects at the Dayton International Airport became limited.

The company has developed warehouses at the airport and in the Columbus area, among other locations, Tim McElroy, regional vice president of NorthPoint Development, told the board of education.

“We really need to have a tax abatement to compete with these areas. It really levels the playing field,” McElroy said in comments to the board. Messages seeking comment were left with his office Wednesday.

The abatement also would have required the approval of Tipp City Council. The developer needed the approval of both bodies for 100 percent abatement. It could have applied for 50 percent abatement, which only requires the approval of City Council.

Council was notified of NorthPoint’s decision Wednesday morning.

“The Board of Education failed to act on the motion put forth, and absent the CRA agreement, the developers have determined they will not be able to move forward with the project,” Green said in a memo to council. “They have been in contact with Matt Spring to thank him for his time and effort put into the proposal but at this time they will be letting their option on the property expire.”

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