Hamilton has seen recent activity to fill spaces in multiple notable spaces in the city.
“In the 8.5 years I have been in Hamilton, 2019-20 should be our best development year yet,” City Manager Joshua Smith told this media outlet.
Here’s a look at buildings that the city would like to give new life to:
1. The former Champion Paper mill, which is being redeveloped into Spooky Nook at Champion Mill, a gigantic indoor sports complex with recreation and athletic training for local families and teams, and sports events that will draw teams and their families from a few hours’ drive. Years in the making, construction began in December, with an estimated completion date of mid-2021.
2. The former Ohio Casualty complex, now renamed Third + Dayton because of one of the intersections it is located near. International students who will attend Miami University’s Hamilton campus next school year will live in apartments in the former Ohio Casualty building in the city.
Those students, most of them Chinese, will occupy 16 two-bedroom apartments on the seventh floor under a lease agreement signed by a Chinese-based company called Quest. The students will fill those spaces in mid-July.
3. The former Journal-News building at 228 Court St. downtown, which until the start of this school year was occupied by 200 high school students at the Butler Tech School of Arts. The school was moved to Butler Tech’s main campus in Fairfield Township, because the school outgrew the building.
4. The former Hamilton West Shopping Center and other properties along North Brookwood Avenue. Construction Design Management, based in Bowling Green, Ky., is working to redevelop the property.
5. Areas along Main Street, particularly at key intersections, and near High Street. The Main Street corridor recently got a significant boost when the Village Ice Cream Parlor moved into the area.
6. The far west end of Main Street, which recently saw the addition of one of the nicest Goodwill stores in the region.
7. Other business districts, including in the Lindenwald and Second Ward areas. Miami University planning students last year created a redevelopment plan for Lindenwald, and plan to do the same for the Second Ward this year.
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