Kettering passes demolition, Wilmington Pike improvement programs

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Kettering City Council Tuesday unanimously passed plans to improve a stretch of Wilmington Pike and to provide financial help to property owners who want to demolish buildings for redevelopment.

The council also passed a program to help property owners who want to improve property facades.

The demolition and facade programs both will have the city pay half the cost of an approved demolition or site improvement project, not to exceed $25,000. Approved projects must meet city criteria, with the property owner and city staff working together to review bids and choose a contractor.

All three plans fall under the $500,000 the city has set aside annually for general economic development, said Gregg Gorsuch, development director for Kettering. No program will impose new taxes on property owners, he said.

The Wilmington Pike improvement plan seeks to improve a core commercial spine of the city, said Gorsuch and Tom Robillard, Kettering’s director of planning and development. It builds on the work of a committee of city and business leaders that had been meeting monthly.

“It’s no secret,” Gorsuch said. “There have been a lot of (business) vacancies on Wilmington Pike.”

The plan will involve street work and improvements to pedestrian areas and streetscapes. The city’s goal is to create an area attractive for reinvestment at a time when redevelopment is more challenging than raw greenfield development, they said.

“We have been a redevelopment city for a while now,” Gorsuch said.

There’s no deadline for the Wilmington Pike improvement plan.


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