STILL A LOT HAPPENING IN OUR AREA
Have you noticed, COVID-19 has not slowed the pace of several new projects across West Chester and Liberty Townships? These multimillion-dollar, job creating projects continue in large part due to a long-term positive economic outlook. Having a diversified economy has been a key to surviving and thriving during this economic downturn.
The following is a list of several projects and activities that continue to make Liberty and West Chester Townships a great place to live, work and enjoy life.
Record setting year for business permits – West Chester is the 2nd largest center for commerce in the Tri-State region. Businesses enjoy greater amenities because of a diverse economy and a commitment to sustained property values. Corporate investors benefit from West Chester’s no earnings tax, exceptional workforce, and an established corporate presence. West Chester is home to five of the 10 largest industrial parks in southwest Ohio with an occupancy rate of 94%.
Kemba Credit Union’s New Operations Center – is under construction just off Union Centre Boulevard. The $28 million, 147,000 sq. ft. facility will create 40 new jobs and will be the new home to Kemba’s corporate office. Their 8-story building, the tallest in West Chester, is scheduled to open in late 2021. Since 2006, West Chester has been Kemba’s corporate home with assets over $1 billion and serving over 100,000 customers.
$20 Million UCB Diverging Diamond (Double Crossover) Interchange with Pedestrian Walkway – construction was completed in August, transforming West Chester’s most visible corporate area. Over 50,000 vehicles a day travel on Union Centre Boulevard. This is the third DDI in Ohio with over 100 in the U.S. Since the opening of Union Centre Boulevard in 1997; over $1.5 billion has been invested in new commercial development, totaling close to 17 million square feet of commercial projects and approximately 18,000 new jobs.
AstraZeneca Gearing up for Vaccine Production – has retrofitted its 460,000 square foot manufacturing facility to help develop a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Currently their clinical phase 3 trials are on hold. AstraZeneca has the capacity to produce one billion doses of its experimental vaccine and already has secured over 400 million doses worldwide, with 300 million doses agreed to the U.S. by year-end.
West Chester Trade Center – a 1.8 million square foot master-planned industrial development at UCB and State Route 747 has access to a workforce 1.9 million within a 30-mile radius. NorthPoint Development began construction in 2018 and is already constructing buildings eight and nine. This development is projected to generate 2000 new jobs, driving economic growth on this 166-acre industrial park. Tenants include GE Aviation Additive, Fameccanica North America and TSC Apparel.
New Administrative Building and Police Substation – the $4.8 million, 15,420 square foot facility opened in July in a central location to Liberty’s 42,000 residents on State Route 747. Also, 27 officers from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office service Liberty Township out of this location.
Liberty Flats Development – a 356-unit upscale apartment complex will start construction on 22 acres just west of Liberty Center in early spring 2021. The proposed complex will include 24 three-story buildings with eight to 20 units, totaling 411,841 square feet, ranging in price from $1,000 to $1,300 a month for a one-bedroom unit to $1,500 to $2,100 for a two-bedroom unit. Liberty Flats is geared toward both the millennial and empty nester markets will include a clubhouse, fitness center and pool.
Record Setting Months for New Housing Permits – the top community in the region for single family residential permit activity as measured by the Greater Cincinnati Home Builders Association over the past five years. Great location, affordable housing, excellent school district and increasing amenities such as improved walkability in highly populated areas are reasons why residents continue to make Liberty Township a preferred community to live and enjoy life.
Milliken Road Interchange – will open more than 700 acres of commercial development along the east side of 1-75 developing Liberty’s CBD toward the middle of the Township. It will provide regional connectivity across I-75 between Butler and Warren Counites in an area of significant residential and commercial development. The Milliken Road Interchange is a critical strategy to support Liberty’s growth and encourage additional economic development. ODOT has given the go ahead to start the preliminary engineering phase which includes a feasibility study, expected to be completed by year-end.
New Kroger Marketplace – A long planned project, this huge 124,000 square foot Kroger Marketplace store at Kyles Station and State Route 4, set to open this fall will include a fueling station and serve as the anchor for the 56-acre Kyles Station Development. It will replace the existing 57,000 Kroger store at State Route 4 and Liberty Fairfield Road. Additional retail, restaurant, office opportunities will also be part of this new Kyles Station Development.
West Chester and Liberty Townships continue to be the epicenter for new business development and the connector to the Cincinnati – Dayton metroplex. Even during this pandemic, businesses continue to bring jobs and prosperity to our area. We look forward to sharing more good news with you for years to come.
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