Hamilton Journal News

West Chester Twp. trustees approve a new pocket park

Park will be last of Cincy Dayton Road project in Olde West Chester.

- By Denise G. Callahan Staff Writer

The final touch on the huge Cincinnati Dayton Road widening project will come this spring when constructi­on begins on the Station Road pocket park.

The West Chester Twp. trustees approved a $359,408 constructi­on contract and $15,840 for a project manager last week for the park on the southeast corner of Cincinnati Dayton and Station roads in Olde West Chester. Township Administra­tor Larry Burks said officials budgeted $500,000 for the park and received five bids.

“It will be nice to have Cincinnati Dayton Road finished, finished,” Trustee Ann Becker said.

“I think this is the last piece to be done, it’s been a few years. It will be nice to see.”

The park will feature decorative retaining walls, a paved patio area, a fountain, landscape and benches.

“The design is really meant to suit the historic character of the Olde West Chester district,” said Community Services Director Tim Franck. “It will be a nice spot for someone to sit with a cup of coffee or host a small activity.”

The massive $7.8 million Cincinnati Dayton Road project — mainly funded with federal funds — included widening the road to four lanes from West Chester Road to Interstate 75, new sidewalks and decorative lighting, five crosswalks, a bridge replacemen­t and a bridge widening.

The project that was under the

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direction of Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens took about 18 months and was substantia­lly complete in the fall of 2019. The project was tricky because they had to work around all the homes and businesses that line the road.

Barb Wilson, director of public informatio­n and engagement, said designing the park wasn’t without its challenges either, and it was made possible only after Station Road was realigned and a building on the property was demolished.

“It is a small and challengin­g property that presented an opportunit­y‚” Wilson said. “The design had to address some elevation challenges and the utility pole support wires. It’s a small feature, but once completed will really change the look of the corridor.”

Wilson said they don’t have a concrete start or completion date yet, because constructi­on could be complicate­d by the weather, the pandemic, equipment and supply factors, among other things.

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NICK GRAHAM / STAFF Jody Cole, from American Hair Company, cuts hair to be donated to a national organizati­on that converts gifted locks into wigs for the ailing. Several Madison Elementary School students and teachers donated their hair Monday to help others who may need it.
 ?? PROVIDED ?? The West Chester Twp. trustees have approved $359,408 in TIF funding for the new Station Road pocket park, the final touch on the huge Cincinnati Dayton Road widening project.
PROVIDED The West Chester Twp. trustees have approved $359,408 in TIF funding for the new Station Road pocket park, the final touch on the huge Cincinnati Dayton Road widening project.
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