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Happy birthday, Greene! A 'small city' at 10 years old

The Greene Town Center, more commonly known as The Greene, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Aug. 24.

The developer’s idea behind the 72-acre project was to create a “small town” where people would be able to come together to shop, eat, and enjoy each other’s company.

This idea started as early as 2002, when the plan for the $186 million complex was approved.

GALLERIES:

Like all big projects, there were some obstacles to overcome. From the Dayton Daily News:

Sept. 16, 2004: Citing legal concerns, the Beavercreek school board has tabled its plans to vote tonight on the county’s request to help pay construction costs for a proposed open-air mall at Indian Ripple Road and Interstate 675, a move that could stall development of the 72-acre, multimillion-dollar project. Greene County officials and developers of the Greene Town Center want the school district and other public stakeholders to forego a share of property taxes from the mall to help pay for roads, traffic lights and other infrastructure for the project.

Where The Greene's location was originally a large wooded area, and many protested its destruction. Some protesters even picketed at the opening ceremony due to their worry about the shopping center's impact on local businesses. 

>>> At 10: Greene a major player for shopping, entertainment

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Since opening, The Greene has seen successes business and residential activity, plus its share of celebrity visitors. For instance, both Hillary Clinton and Kevin Bacon visited The Greene in 2014. Clinton visited Books & Co. while on her three-week "Hard Choices" book tour. 

Bacon visited the "small town" just a few weeks after Clinton to perform a free show with his brother, Michael Bacon, and their band "The Bacon Brothers."

REALTED COVERAGE:

A diffrent type of excitment occured in 2015, when a short-lived but damaging tornado touched down across the street from the complex. Nobody was severely injured, but retail and personal damages were in the millions. 

>>> May 2015: Weather service confirms EF-1 tornado in Beavercreek

The Greene has conitnued to grow from its original 35 tenants to more than 100, with more on the way. 

>>> May 2016: New retailers scheduled to open at The Greene

It was announced earlier this year that tenants Ulta Beauty, World of Beer, J. Crew Mercantile and Mattress Firm would open by the end of the year. 

Construction has been started on the new building that will be home to World of Beer. 

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