$300K set aside for Springboro IGA Plaza cleanup

The long-time owners of the Springboro IGA Plaza and city government officials are setting aside $300,000 in anticipation of environmental cleanup of the property on the northwest corner of Ohio 741 and Ohio 73.

The city and Preston family previously agreed on a contract calling for the city to pay the family $3.4 million for the 6.8 acres on the corner.

The property would be redeveloped after $10.6 million in improvements to the intersection. The city’s long-range plan is to redevelop the land as “mixed use with a residential component established on upper floors of multi-story buildings.”

Since 1958, the Prestons owned and operated the IGA supermarket near the intersection. Last December, the family closed the store.

On Thursday, Springboro City Council approved an amended contract setting the sale price at $3.1 million and establishing an escrow account for the cleanup funds.

According to the contract, the Prestons are to get any of the escrow funds not used in the cleanup. The city would cover cleanup in excess of $300,000.

City Manager Christine Thompson said staff would be presenting for council approval a contract for the cleanup work.

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