Springboro could spend $5 million to buy land for crossroads project

Springboro set aside about $5 million to acquire land officials say is needed to widen the city’s main crossroads, the intersection of Central Avenue and Main Street.

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Tentative agreements have been reached with some property owners. Others, however, including Marathon Oil, owner of the Speedway station on the southwest corner, have yet to reach agreement with the Warren County Improvement District.

“I’m sure they’re going to have pay some big bucks,” said Paul Music, a property owner who said he has reached tentative agreement on two parcels needed for the project.

Plans include the addition of two turn lanes heading north from eastbound Ohio 73 and two turn lanes heading west from southbound Ohio 741.

County Engineer Neil Tunison said the transportation district expects to have all the negotiations complete in January.

“We are on schedule to meet all of our target dates,” Tunison said in an email.

The nearly $5 million Springboro set aside to pay for land along the route is about $1 million more than previously expected.

Paul Davis, who continues to fix cars at the former service station on the northeast corner, said he has a tentative agreement to sell but continues to look for a place to relocate his business, Pro Automotive.

The road work is part of a plan to revive the intersection’s central role in the community through redevelopment of the northwest corner.

Springboro also is expected to pay most of the more than $11 million cost to widen the intersection.

Work could be completed next summer.