Greene County commits $1M toward water line project to Athletes in Action development

A rendering of what the Wooden Family Fieldhouse would look like on the Athletes in Action complex in Xenia. CONTRIBUTED

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A rendering of what the Wooden Family Fieldhouse would look like on the Athletes in Action complex in Xenia. CONTRIBUTED

Greene County commissioners have approved giving federal stimulus money through the American Rescue Plan Act to several nonprofit projects and internal infrastructure improvements in the county.

The largest dollar amount is $1 million for Athletes in Action through the city of Xenia to build a water line out to the organization’s planned Wooden Family Fieldhouse.

The faith-based nonprofit is building the new sports complex and indoor soccer field on its Xenia campus, expecting to draw over 400,000 athletes to Greene County per year.

Total estimated project cost of the water line is about $1.2 million, county administrator Brandon Huddleson said, with the city of Xenia picking up the remaining portion. The project also lays the groundwork for further development in the area, most notably the county-owned Greene Regional Business Park, across US-35 from the athletic complex.

“It really benefits the Greene Regional Business Park and positions it better for development,” Huddleson said.

United Way of Greater Dayton also received $150,000 to expand the organization’s Strong Families Initiative in Greene County. Last year, United Way of Greater Dayton expanded its Strong Families program into Greene and Preble counties, which works with families to obtain affordable and sustainable housing, increase their income, and support their children academically.

Michael’s House in Fairborn, an advocacy center for victims of child abuse and neglect, received $47,000 for technology upgrades. Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine also received $250,000 to expand its medical program building.

Other coronavirus relief money will fund internal county projects, including $1.35 million for communication and radio systems for Greene County Sanitary Engineering, which allows each site to work remotely, and $360,000 for wellfield upgrades.

The county board of elections is in the process of upgrading its early voting facilities, and received $300,000 for building modifications.

Of the county’s $33 million in American Rescue Plan Act money, $29 million has been allocated or is being considered for grant approval. Approximately $4 million remains unallocated.

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