NEW DETAILS: Volleyball complex with restaurant/bar sets opening, start of leagues

A multi-million dollar volleyball complex with a restaurant and bar in downtown West Carrollton plans to open next week.

About 230 teams have registered for league play at Miami Valley Sand, an 82,000 square foot indoor/outdoor facility set to open Jan. 13, the developer said Monday.

The $4.3 million site on 6.6 acres at 200 W. Central Ave. can accommodate 360 teams Monday through Friday, officials said.

“It’s a great location. We were lucky to find a spot like that,” said co-owner Larry Roberts.

Those interested in joining leagues can call Mark Feathers at 937-956-2201.

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“We’re excited about getting it going,” Roberts said. “We think it will be a great place for young couples.”

Miami Valley Sand will include an area for children, in addition to the 17 sand courts and more than 300 parking spaces, Roberts said.

Crews were working Monday both inside and outside the facility, where they said about 25,000 tons of sand was delivered.

Work is still being done to obtain the required licenses and permits for the facility’s opening, Roberts said.

It will operate from about 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday as leagues begin at 6:30, Feathers said. Weekend hours will vary, he said.

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Delays have hampered the project, Roberts said, as officials had initially aimed for an Oct. 1 opening. That date was replaced with a November target that was eventually pushed into 2020.

Roberts cited “construction issues underground” for the delays on the site that for decades had housed a paper mill.

Developers bought the land from the city last year for about $40,000 an acre, officials have said. The development also prompted West Carrollton to spend more than $1 million to rework a section of West Central and add parking.

The city slightly widened West Central from Elm Street to Miami Avenue, and transformed it from four lanes to three while adding on-street parking.

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Miami Valley Sand’s indoor facility will 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 have said.

Outdoor facilities will feature eight sand courts, showers, restrooms, a bar with food service and a 36-foot wide deck, officials said.

The facility will have two access points, city records show. The main one will be at the intersection of West Central and North Miami avenues, where a traffic light will be installed. The other will be on South Elm Street and Slonaker Drive.

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