State awards $380K for Dayton Christian project in Miami Twp.

Xenia-based Legacy Ministries International Inc. in 2005 purchased the 43.5-acre site at 9391 Washington Church Road and soon after started a $75,000 conversion of it into a Dayton Christian School campus and office space that includes community meeting rooms.

However, demolition of seven remaining former NCR dormitory structures — area slated for redevelopment into a 15-acre athletic and extra-curricular space — came to a halt in 2009 when crews discovered 8-foot concrete slabs beneath the buildings.

The Clean Ohio Assistance Grant will pay for the entire cost of remaining asbestos abatement and building demolition, township officials said.

There now are 105 employees at the site who earn an average hourly wage of $15. Township officials said more jobs are expected following cleanup and redevelopment of the site, particularly since it is within the Joint Economic Development District.

In a JEDD, jurisdictions agree to work together to drive economic development, which in turn results in the shared benefits of levied taxes and utilities.

The township also is petitioning the Ohio Public Works Commission for funds to improve the Washington Church Road corridor to accommodate future expansion and access to the property.

Township and Legacy Ministries officials anticipate a 120-day completion of the project.

Legacy Ministries has indicated to the township it intends to finish the first phase of field construction in time for the 2012 school year.

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