Sheila A. Vilvens
Jul 13, 2016
The purchase of 25 acres of land from Landmark Baptist Temple brings the Village of Evendale one step closer to achieving its vision of the Aerohub development.
Council approved the expenditure of $2.75 million to buy the land during its July 12 meeting. The village also has right of first refusal on the remaining Landmark Baptist Temple properties in Evendale and Glendale.
The temple is located along Glendale-Milford Road west of Interstate 75. The purchase includes the old football field, camping grounds and a couple of houses, Mayor Richard Finan said. The land is also contiguous to about 20 acres of land already owned by the village.
The purpose of buying the land is to continue efforts to assemble property and continue work on the Aerohub development, he said. The development is envisioned to house General Electric contractors, suppliers or businesses with ties to the aviation industry.
Councilman Christian Schaefer said that a certain number of acres are needed to do a fairly large site, which is a challenge in an already established community. The village is focused on providing space for these businesses to locate near GE. It’s working through its Community Improvement Corporation to market this and has a developer on board.
The Opus Group has signed a memorandum of understanding to build a multi-storied building there to serve as the Aerohubs’s launching pad.