Plans for 109-acre sports park move forward in Warren County

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Planners OKed plans for a 109-acre sports complex.

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Plans for an 109-acre Warren County Sports Complex at Union Village were supported Thursday by the Warren County Regional Planning Executive Committee.

The recommendation for approval, another step toward completion of the project, was lauded by Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, owners of more than 1,400 acres south of Springboro, where the complex is to be a key component of the Union Village planned community.

“We are thrilled to have a sports complex anchoring the northern part of what we hope will become Union Village,” Gary Horning, vice president of marketing and communications for Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, said in an email.

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The commission’s executive committee, made up of officials from throughout Warren County, reviewed plans and standards for the facility, off Greentree Road and Ohio 741, within the Union Village development.

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Work could begin in March or April.

The park is to include 12 multi-use fields, four baseball diamonds, two championship multi-sport fields, two championship baseball fields and two concession stand and restroom facilities on the northwest corner of the the proposed village.

The park is planned on both sides of Turtlecreek Twp. Park, on Greentree Road, and across Ohio 741 from Warren County's Armco Park.

Additional netting and tree plantings were recommended by the committee to buffer the facility and its lights from neighboring properties and the roads.

But the committee supported the paln largely as submitted.

It is still subject to approval by the Warren County Board of Commissioners.

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Otterbein has agreed to donate the land for the sports complex, provided a cost and tax sharing plan is worked out for the Union village development.

This week, Turtlecreek Twp. submitted plans for a community authority which would assess property owners and visitors to help pay for amenities and maintenance of the development expected to take shape over the next 30 to 50 years.

Earlier this month, the Turtlecreek Twp. trustees submitted proposed tax abatements of 50 percent of property tax on homes and 100 percent of property taxes on commercial development for 30 years.

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The sports park is to be operated by the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) and funded largely through an additional lodging tax from local hotels.

After the meeting, Phil Smith, executive director, said approval of the tax by the county commissioners remained a “work in progress”.

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