An aggressive schedule to accommodate a multi-million dollar volleyball complex with a restaurant and bar will likely impact downtown West Carrollton drivers for months starting next spring.
The city wants to complete road and traffic improvements on West Central Avenue before the opening of the $4.5 million facility expected to attract hundreds of people nightly to West Carrollton.
“That thing is going to generate a lot of traffic, which we’re happy about,” West Carrollton City Manager Brad Townsend said. “But we need to be prepared for it.”
Details and costs are not yet known about the upgrades that will be required before the targeted Oct. 1 opening date for the 82,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor facility featuring 17 sand courts and 350 parking spaces near the town’s center.
But Townsend said the project to accommodate the seven-acre complex by Spike-It LLC is a high priority. Spike-It officials said they expect to draw between 300 and 500 people a night and — during peak times of the year — employ as many as 50 people.
West Carrollton City Council approved a measure last week to allow the city manager to advertise for bids to design the West Central improvements. The estimated cost for the design phase is $64,580, records show.
By the end of this year, the city wants to complete a traffic impact study and topographic and utility surveys. Completion of the project’s design is targeted for April, as is bidding for the construction part of the work, records show.
“We’re looking to coordinate what the road will look like and what those needs will be as the volleyball courts develop and as the future plans on the West Central,” West Carrollton Service Director Rich Norton told city council last week.
The schedule calls for construction to start in May. The work will likely include the demolition of a wall at the site formerly occupied by Fraser Paper. Streetscape work, turn lanes, on-street parking and bike path work are also expected, city officials have said.
The main entrance to the complex will be at the Miami Avenue intersection, Norton said, and officials will monitor how traffic flows from there to Elm Street to the east.
The city last month approved a plan to sell the seven acres to Spike-It for $280,000.
The indoor facility would include 44,000 square feet, nine sand courts, a restaurant and bar, heat, fans and 20 large garage doors to regulate the air flow, officials said.
Outdoor facilities would feature eight sand courts, showers, restrooms, a bar with food service and a 36-foot wide deck, officials said.
The land contract calls for a one-year moratorium on the city’s sale of any acreage to another business that operates in the food or beverage industry, according to West Carrollton officials.
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