Study of traffic issues at I-675, Wilmington Pike lands county funding

A study of needed improvements for the Interstate 675 and Wilmington Pike interchange to help relieve heavy traffic was granted needed funding by Greene county.

It was on of three Community Investment Program grants given by Greene County commissioners to Sugarcreek Twp., Xenia and Bellbrook.

Sugarcreek Twp. will be awarded $100,000 for a feasibility study that would look at the I-675 and Wilmington Pike corridor and what work needs to be done to decrease traffic and car crashes in the area, the township said.

Sugarcreek Twp. is under contract with LJB to study all the roads and bridges in and around the interchange.

Xenia could be awarded $200,000 to help the owners of the Eavey building on West Third Street rehabilitate and redevelop.

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The Eavey project is also actively seeking grant funding including a JobsOhio Vibrant Communities grant for $1.9 million and state and federal historic tax credits. The county funds are dependent on Xenia getting the state funds, said Greene County Director of Development Eric Henry.

Work to be done on the building includes brick rehabilitation, roof replacement, new windows and doors and fixing the electrical and plumbing systems.

Greene County will also award about $30,000 to Bellbrook to help complete a downtown streetscape project.

Bellbrook plans to contract with Kleingers Group to do a downtown streetscape design, focusing mostly on Franklin and Main streets. Bellbrook City Manager Melissa Dodd said the streetscape design should take six months. The project includes a public input phase.

The city is looking to enhance walkability and connectivity from residential neighborhoods to the downtown area. The city hopes to improve sidewalks and crosswalks downtown, too.

Greene County commissioners at the beginning of 2021 approved this new municipal grant program. The grant program gives $750,000 annually to Greene County cities, villages and townships. It is designed to provide financial assistance to jurisdictions for the development of sites and infrastructure designed to attract and sustain small businesses. The county’s goal with these funds is to encourage future economic development.

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