A developer has bought the old Danbarry Cinemas and plans to turn it into a high-end storage facility.
Richard Shaw, council member for Huber Heights Ward 1, called the sale of the property to Larkspur a “complete economic success for our community.”
Montgomery County auditor records show the property sold on Dec. 20, 2020 for $850,000.
“I’m excited to see the expanded development and beautification of Waynetowne Boulevard that has been needed for quite some time,” Shaw said.
The property is located at 7650 Waynetowne Blvd. Larkspur is a Miami, Florida company, according to Montgomery County auditor records.
In October, Huber Heights planning commission received plans for a major renovation at the site, “that would allow for the razing of the existing building and placing 13 new storage buildings with leasable space,” according to a city staff report.
The applicant submitted plans for a main prefab metal building, according to the staff report.
“Each unit will have roll up doors. The main office will have a glass storefront with EIFS and brick along the bottom. There is no dumpster enclosure proposed,” the report stated.
No outdoor storage, such as for RVs, would be allowed.
Larkspur generally looks for large, abandoned buildings like department stores, Shaw said, and turns them into storage.
Shaw said during the October meeting that the current building was a “big eyesore” and other tenants in that area had asked him about what he was doing to get rid of the eyesore.
A representative for Larkspur at the Oct. 5 council work session said they hoped to begin building the land in January. Construction would take about eight months, he said.
At the Oct. 12 city council meeting, another representative said they planned to invest about $4 million into that site.
Huber Heights mayor Jeff Gore said his only objection to the plan was the lack of employee income tax revenue in the storage facility.
“It takes up a lot of space for one or two employees,” he said.
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