Key Springboro corner will be redeveloped

City officials are working with two developers expected to plan redevelopment of the northwest corner of Ohio 73 and Ohio 741, Central Avenue and Main Street in Springboro.

When an agreement is reached, the city and developers will unveil a plan to include new buildings, businesses and public spaces at the intersection, according to an email newsletter distributed Thursday afternoon by the city.

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The city plans to hold a public-input session to determine what residents would like to be developed on the corner that formerly held the Springboro IGA and a strip center that was the center of activity in the city.

No dates for the session or information about the developers or plans was available. The developers would not be identified until agreements have been signed, Assistant City Manager Chris Pozzuto said.

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In anticipation of the redevelopment, the city plans to have the final building on the property, the former Springboro Flea Market Building, previously known as the Springboro Hardware Building, demolished. Work is to begin on Monday, June 19.

On May 19, the Warren County Transportation Improvement District board approved a contract for slightly more than $3 million with Milcon Concrete of Troy to widen and improve the intersection of Ohio 741 and Ohio 73, Central Avenue and Main Street in Springboro.

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Springboro officials are meeting with developers about redevelopment of the corner where Homer’s IGA and the adjoining strip center once served as a gathering place, before development of Austin Landing, Settlers Walk or much of what now comprises Springboro.

The flea market moved to 315 Conover Dr. in Franklin..

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Milcon was expected to huddle with Warren County engineers to nail down details of a contract for the intersection improvements, at the center of the ongoing transformation of Springboro’s central crossroads, expected to cost $15 million or more.

The intersection was once to be reconstructed as three-quarters of a roundabout, but city officials steered back toward a traditional intersection.

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Milcon is to construct two turn lanes heading north from eastbound Ohio 73 and two turn lanes heading west from southbound Ohio 741, along with an overall widening and landscaping of the intersection.

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In addition, Milcon is to construct a raised median along the length of the left turn lanes to provide access control through the intersection.

The project is to be completed by late summer or early fall 2018, according to Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison, who is managing the project for the city through the county transportation board.

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On Thursday, crews were also working on demolishing the former Speedway station on the southwest corner.

The former sites of two other gas stations have been cleared.

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