Cleanup has started on land Kettering Health Network plans for a medical office building in West Carrollton.
Crews this week started the work to remove tanks from a former car wash on 3.84 acres at 744 E. Dixie Drive in the first phase of a demolition project.
Tearing down the former Sonny’s Car Wash is part of a three-way deal that will lead a new KHN facility in West Carrollton on Montgomery County land.
It is one of more than a handful of medical facilities KHN has either opened or announced south of Dayton in moves that mean tens of millions of dollars in investment to Franklin, Kettering, Oakwood, Middletown, Springboro and West Carrollton.
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“Getting rid of the eyesore is huge,” West Carrollton City Manager Brad Townsend said. “But having (the medical office building) as the end user just enhances it because it is a facility that with our demographics and our population – a little older – it’s something that the community needs.
“It will go a long way in the health and wellness in the community as a whole,” he added. “So it’s just an added bonus that they’re our redevelopment partner. A number of things could have gone there. I couldn’t think of anything better.”
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Kettering Health Network is not saying how long it will be before plans are submitted for the office building or how that process will move forward.
The tank removal is expected to be complete by July 3 with demolition set to begin July 11 and be done by Aug. 31, according to city records.
West Carrollton officials said they expect to have the property secured in between the completion of demolition and KHN moving forward on the medical office building.
The current building has been empty since August 2012. The Montgomery County Land Bank acquired the site from Sonny’s LLC in December 2016.
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The cost of all phases of the cleanup – asbestos survey through demolition - is $204,370, according to city records.
The city plans to use about $176,800 in Community Development Block Grant funding and National Stabilization Program funds. Both sources are from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and filtered through Montgomery County.
The county is providing $27,570, and KHN has agreed to pay contingency costs if it requires more funds, according to Townsend.