Hithergreen project taking steps forward
Approval imminent for funding to transform property into a park.
The Centerville-Washington WASHINGTON TWP. — Park District’s ability to secure grant funding to demolish the former Hithergreen Center building in Washington Twp. and turn the property into a park has taken a major step forward this month as approval is imminent for the funding to be awarded for the project.
The Hithergreen Center, 5900 Hithergreen Drive, closed several years ago when the township moved senior programming to other township facilities.
Nick Meyer, planning and project manager for the park district, said the ability to secure grant funding to demolish the building and turn the property into a park would be a win-win situation for the township and residents, who have voiced their approval for such a plan.
Meyer said the park district entered into a contract with the township Oct. 8 and submitted an application for grant funding to the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund to fund the project.
“If we don’t get the grant, the park district wouldn’t move forward with the project,” Meyer explained after the grant proposal was submitted.
Kristen Marks, programs manager for the district, said the details of what the funding would be used for includes the purchase of the land (14 acres) and demolition of the building, as well as site improvements. She said the park district was told on Tuesday it has moved forward in the process to receive the grant funding.
“The (grant review) committee
The long-debated future of the former Hithergreen Center in Washington Twp. hinges on the CentervilleWashington Park District’s ability to secure grant funding.