Kettering Health plans for $10M medical building at ex-Kroger in Centerville approved

City’s planning commission OKs proposal, with several conditions, on major site plan for project.

Kettering Health’s plans for a $10 million physician office building at the former Kroger in Centerville Place have cleared a significant hurdle.

A major site plan has been approved for the project, a 66,000-square-foot facility Centerville officials have said will add jobs, health care options and redevelopment to a site that has been vacant since 2011.

The city’s planning commission voted Tuesday night to approve the proposal — with several conditions — that’s part of 15.2 acres at 1023 S. Main St., Centerville Development Director Michael Norton-Smith said.

Credit: FILE

Credit: FILE

Construction documents for zoning and building inspection permits are still needed, but no more approvals are required from the commission or city council for the major site plan, Norton-Smith said.

Kettering Health said Wednesday it was not able to provide the number of jobs expected to be housed at the site. But the city’s approval is a welcome step, the applicant said.

“We’re excited to get going and turning in plans for building permits and we’ll get going as quick as we can get all of our different approvals, municipality-wise,” said John Kopilchack, development director for Synergy Building Systems, a Beavercreek firm representing the landowner.

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The one-story facility is expected to open in fall 2022 and will operate under the Kettering Physician Network, according to Kettering Health.

The regional health care provider said the site will include primary care, specialty services, lab and imaging services, and educational, wellness and support programs.

The office building will feature a care team of medical providers, including physicians and advanced practice providers, Kettering Health has said.

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The land is owned by Queen City Lease Management LLC, Montgomery County records show. Queen City bought it in 2017 for $9.2 million, documents state.

The site is where developer Larry Dillin proposed a $130 million plus investment before withdrawing it in January 2020, Dayton Daily News records show.

Kroger operated on the site from 1979 to 2011, when it opened a new Kroger Marketplace just south of the building, city Planner Mark Yandrick has said.

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