Huber Heights City Council will decide the fate of its $18 million music center project at tonight’s council meeting.
City Council is likely to approve the music center project near the Interstate 70 and Ohio 201 interchange, city leaders said.
City Council will hear a presentation and then vote on the proposal that would give staff the ability to establish the final design drawings and details, as well as submit to the planning commission the rezoning of the property, assistant city manager Scott Falkowski said.
Falkowski projected an early-summer ground breaking after council approves the final design within the next two months. The music center would be completed by the summer of 2014.
The proposed music center will seat 4,500 people and be modeled after the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati. The covered venue will require between 1,500 and 2,000 on-site parking spaces.
“As part of the next step, we’ll start to heavily market the area,” Falkowski said. “We’ll send out studies and concept drawings to developers. We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls and interest from restaurants and smaller retailers to help fill out the rest of The Heights. We have no actual for-sures like the GoodSports facility, but there’s a lot of interest.”
GoodSports Enterprises is prepared to start construction later this year on a $22-million, 60,000-square-foot fieldhouse, as long as Huber Heights approves the music center project. The fieldhouse also will feature a 115-room athlete-centric hotel and a restaurant, and it would be completed by the summer of 2014. The fieldhouse and music center would share parking.
They would be built along the south side of Executive Boulevard on a 30-acre site west of Meijer. Conceptually, the music center would be at the west end of the property, with the fieldhouse between it and Meijer, project manager Ken Conaway said.
That could change based on the acoustician’s input, he said.
“City council is approving the project, not the site plan,” Conaway said. “We’ll have a detailed development process where we’ll get a site plan approved. We have a lot of work to do before we finalize the location of either of the two facilities.”
City officials have said tax increment financing (TIF) money will be used to pay for the $18 million music center, which also includes the property acquisition from Meijer. The city has a letter of intent to purchase the land for $82,500 per acre. Meijer also will have the right of first refusal on any naming rights for the music center.
A digital gateway sign that has been discussed by the city could then be built on the property.
Kim Markham, a Huber Heights resident the last 17 years, said she has concerns about the noise and traffic that would be generated from the music center, and what that would do to the value of houses in that area.
“How much will this interfere with just our general living?” Markham said. “I do think the shopping mall is a good idea. I’m visualizing something that would resemble The Greene.”
How to Go
What: Huber Heights City Council meeting
Topic: Music center presentation/vote
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Government Center, 6131 Taylorsville Road