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Ex-retail site could see life again as part of entertainment district

The city wants to buy the former Roberds property near the Interstate 75 interchange, providing a cornerstone for West Carrollton’s long-range multi-million dollar entertainment district plan along the Great Miami River.

Acquiring Carrollton Plaza, 13.75 acres on the southwest quadrant of the interchange, is part of a $3.2 million project to demolish buildings at 1100 to 1192 E. Dixie Drive, a “prominent piece of real estate” targeted for entertainment use, Economic Development Director Michael Lucking said.

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Much of the building space, officials said, has been vacant for years after furniture and appliance retailer Roberds Inc., a staple in West Carrollton for decades, decided in 2000 to close all of its 15 stores and two distribution centers in Ohio, Georgia and Indiana.

“We’re getting a very prominent piece of real estate,” Lucking said. “This is the gateway to the community. It’s an important piece of property for us going forward.”

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West Carrollton City Council is set Tuesday night to consider a financial package to buy the land and pay for the demolition. Mayor Jeff Sanner said he expects approval of the package.

“I think it’s a bold move for the city,” he said.

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