West Carrollton to buy more land along river for entertainment district

The land at 5449 Marina Drive is one of two properties the city of West Carrollton wants to buy. They are across the street from the former Carrollton Plaza, which is being torn down with the aim of making the 13.75-acre site an anchor for the Miami Bend Entertainment District. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

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The land at 5449 Marina Drive is one of two properties the city of West Carrollton wants to buy. They are across the street from the former Carrollton Plaza, which is being torn down with the aim of making the 13.75-acre site an anchor for the Miami Bend Entertainment District. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

West Carrollton is moving to buy more land near the Great Miami River that is part of an expansive entertainment district.

The city wants to purchase two properties on Marina Drive across the street from the former Carrollton Plaza, which is being torn down with the aim of making the 13.75-acre site an anchor for the Miami Bend Entertainment District.

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A proposal to buy less than an acre combined at 5649 and 5449 Marina Drive was approved by West Carrollton City Council Tuesday night.

The Marina Drive land includes the former site of Profile Digital Printing LLC, at 5449 Marina, and Joe’s Garage, at 5649 Marina.

The city said it has obtained approval for a $250,000 state capital improvement grant to assist with the purchase of Joe’s Garage.

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The funds are dispersed through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for riverfront enhancement projects, according to the city. The purchase agreement calls for a $330,000 purchase price for the .52 acre property.

The city said it will obtain a loan for the remainder of the Joe’s Garage purchase cost, as well as for the purchase of .32 acre Profile Digital Printing site, which went out of business earlier this summer. The proposed agreement for this property calls for a $182,000 purchase price, according to the city.

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