Last year, the city acquired a former automotive repair shop. It recently acquired a formerly residential garage along West Central between Miami Avenue and Smith Street, giving it a block the city hopes to do “something positive with in the coming years,” he said.
“In short, we’re trying to clean up,” Lucking said. ““It’s a bit of urban renewal ...without any hassle, if you will, or any kind of legal issues. Since they’re voluntarily shutting down, we will just discontinue the use.”
Council member Rick Barnhart, during Tuesday’s meeting, referred to the recent property purchase as “another piece in the puzzle.”
Some of the acquisitions have been carried out periodically for “some number of years” via tax delinquencies and foreclosed properties, he said. In the past four or five years, the city has attempted to focus on obtaining properties in the area across the street from Miami Valley Sand and the city’s downtown area.
“We’re trying to bring some vibrancy back to that area,” Lucking said.
West Carrollton will continue to be opportunistic as similar situations arise along the Central Avenue-Dixie Drive corridor from North Miami Avenue in the west to Interstate 75 to the east, he said.
“We are looking to update and do some beautification and create a good environment there for one of our main corridors,” Lucking said. “We’ve found a builder who’s got an appetite for buying vacant property and doing in-fill house construction.”
West Carrollton property purchases
Properties purchased by the city of West Carrollton over the past five years include:
- 1000 East Dixie Drive
- 1100-1190 East Dixie Drive
- 932 East Dixie Drive
- 936 East Dixie Drive
- 942 East Dixie Drive
- 429 East Dixie Drive
- 211-219 East Central Ave.
- 19 Smith St.
- 5649 Marina Drive
- 5641 Marina Drive
- 5647 Marina Drive
Source: City of West Carrollton