Indoor volleyball facility proposed near I-675 may help Fairborn stormwater issues

FAIRBORN — A volleyball group wants to build a 30,000-square-foot indoor recreation facility on 5 acres off Interstate 675.

The Dayton Juniors Volleyball Club’s plan would include a rezoning, and stormwater improvements to vacant land at 860 Yellow Springs Fairfield Road to help address current and possibly future drainage issues, city officials said.

The club’s plan to upgrade the site’s stormwater flow may be contingent on obtaining a state grant, an effort the city backs, Fairborn Engineer Lee Harris said.

“We wanted to show our support because we know we have issues there with stormwater and this would help them in building their facility and help us with stormwater issues,” Harris said.

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He added later, “a new business like that in Fairborn would be beneficial to all of our residents.”

Attempts to contact the club about its plan were unsuccessful.

Dayton Juniors had more than 200 players on 22 teams this season, practicing in the spring, summer and fall, records show. Players range from second- to 11th-graders.

The plan involves a two-story volleyball facility largely built of metal, city records state. It would include four courts, a lobby, office space, training, equipment and locker rooms, as well as a snack bar, according to Fairborn documents.

If it is awarded an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant, the club’s plan may be a first step in fixing drainage issues that have existed for years on that site and surrounding properties, officials said.

Harris said more than 10 properties in that area are all impacted by drainage that runs through the proposed development site.

The club’s stormwater work “will not be an independent fix just for that site,” Fairborn Assistant City Manager Michael Gebhart said. “It will be part of a larger fix as we move forward.”

Mayor Paul Keller said he was “happy that these folks are looking at Fairborn for something for our youth…and are willing to tackle this.”

“I know that we’re trying to work a bigger plan for all of it that involves a tremendous amount of coordination and effort” by the city and nearby business owners, Keller added.

The club is also seeking a zoning change from light industrial to planned unit development, a move unanimously approved by the planning commission. Fairborn City Council will hold a public hearing on the issue April 4, Keller said.

The land is owned by Reed Hill LLC, according to Greene County records. It has been appraised at $127,900.

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