Proposed Taco Bell site turned down

Taco Bell is still considering a location near New Carlisle, but backed out of a possible Park Layne location, according to a realty firm that has been assisting the company.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning a project near that location and the restaurant wanted easier access for customers in and out of the location at the intersection of Dayton-Lakeview Road and Styer Drive, said Natalie Jackson, of Mumma Realty. The Springfield firm has been helping Taco Bell find a suitable western Clark County location to build.

“ODOT is making a lot of changes around Ohio 235 and they’re closing off part of McAdams Drive and that was going to limit Taco Bell from being able to do a right and left turn onto that road, so they decided they weren’t interested if they couldn’t have that kind of access,” Jackson said.

The real estate agency is still trying to find another suitable location in the Park Layne area, Jackson said.

Mumma Realty has auctioned and sold residential and commercial real estate in the area since 1910, she said. The company began looking for possible locations for the restaurant in December.

Officials at Taco Bell could not be reached for comment.

Officials at ODOT are planning a roughly $2.5 million project to install street lights and upgrade traffic signals along the corridor between Gerlaugh and Dille roads. As part of that project, officials are expecting to close Hocker Avenue at Ohio 235, creating a single access point to McAdams Drive.

“We have a project in Park Layne which is in the plan development stage with right of way acquisition expected to begin in May,” said Mandi Dillon, a spokeswoman for ODOT. “It is an access management, lighting and pedestrian improvement project between Gerlaugh and Dille roads. The project is scheduled to sell in October of 2016 and start construction in 2017.”

Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.