City Manager Wayne Davis will be presenting the master plan for the five year strategic plan at the July 16 City Council meeting. There are six goal areas: Planning, Economic Development, Core Services, Finance, Infrastructure/Housing and Technology. La Pinata Mexican Grill and Bar will soon be constructed on this lot, lower left, at Sheehan Road and South Main St. near the new Kroger. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Centerville is setting its priorities for the next 5 years. Here are some of the most important pieces.

There are six goal areas that will be presented: Planning, economic development, core services, finance, infrastructure/housing and technology.

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Economic development and planning have been a focus in the past few years with several notable projects.

In June of 2017, Kroger opened its newest store at the Cornerstone of Centerville, adding the finishing touch to much of the development in the popular area.

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The 115,000-square-foot store joined other retail giants Cabela’s and Costco to anchor one of the fastest-growing areas in the Miami Valley.

Elsewhere, La Pinata Mexican Grill and Bar will soon be constructed at Sheehan Road and South Main Street near the new Kroger.

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Officials are making progress on a new $46 million senior living facility in Centerville that is part of major development happening on the site of the former Rabold Farm, located at the intersection of Sheehan and West Social Row roads.

The 171,021-square-foot facility planned for Centerville will offer 84 quadplex condo-style apartments, 60 independent living apartments, 56 assisting living apartments and 42 memory support apartments.

“The walls are up on the independent living wing, with others likely coming soon afterward,” said Andrew Rodney, city planner and zoning administrator. “Underground utilities continue to be installed.”

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The city has also made a concerted effort to fill three key leadership positions: police chief, assistant city manager and economic development administrator.

Pay range for these positions include: assistant city manager ($103,000-$135,000), police chief ($99,568-$131,172) and economic development administrator($69,037-$101,525) depending on qualifications.

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Human Resources Manager Jennifer Brumby said there was a large response to the job postings.

“As expected, there was nationwide interest in these positions and the applicant pool for each position is large,” she said.

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Centerville is joining Kettering and other local communities in trying to develop design standards to regulate the location and size of small cell antennas and facilities for the latest wireless technology system, 5G.

Rodney said the city has passed resolutions to take a step-by-step approach to the installation of the emerging technology.

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“From a permitting and design standpoint, we’ve generally adopted the regulations that were crafted by the planning staff of the City of Kettering, with some modifications to fit the City of Centerville,” Rodney said. “Many other communities in the Dayton area have modified the same set of regulations from Kettering.”

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