Hithergreen pro­ject tak­ing steps for­ward

Ap­proval im­mi­nent for fund­ing to trans­form prop­erty into a park.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Wayne Baker Staff Writer

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.

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