- Lawrence Budd Staff Writer
The Springboro City Council on Thursday approved almost $20 million in capital spending over the next five years.
The $19.8 million capital improvement plan includes almost $10 million for street repairs and lights and $3.4 million for vehicles and equipment.
It also puts about $2 million toward maintenance and improvements at Heatherwoode, the city-owned golf course.
““I would be remiss if I didn’t say how many accolades we’ve been getting about the golf course,” Mayor John Agenbroad said Thursday night during a staff presentation of the plan.
The city will also devote $300,000 to get the former Springboro IGA site “shovel ready” for development by the end of 2018 “for developers to enter into the marketplace to begin construction of new retail/office/residential buildings on the site,” according to a narrative by City Manager Chris Pozzuto included with the plan.
So far, James Paresi, the architect hired for the IGA property redevelopment, has produced no finished drawings of the site, but the city wants to be ready when the time comes to begin construction. The project is expected to include a mix of residential and commercial development on the northwest corner of Main Street and Central Avenue, Ohio 741 and Ohio 73 in Springboro.
“The intersection project and this are pretty much the big projects we’ve got going,” Pozzuto said during the presentation.
Simultaneously, the Warren County Transportation Improvement District is managing more than $10 million in improvements at the intersection, the city’s central crossroads.
In addition, the city improvement plan would spend $241,000 for improvements on South Main Street, in front of the junior high school. The school district is expected to contribute $50,000 to the project.
Also the city would spend $230,000 for street lights on West Tech Boulevard, the city commercial park off North Main Street, east of Interstate 75.
The golf course expenses would include $854,500 for tee construction, clubhouse maintenance and improvements, a $150,000 walking bridge “to speed up play”, as well as a new maintenance building and $250,000 in “emergency funds”.
The Wright State University golf team has begun playing playing at Heatherwoode. The bridge is seen as necessary to draw more tournaments.
The clubhouse is rented out for a variety of public events.
In addition, the plan would spend $759,500 for golf-course vehicles and equipment, including $644,000 golf course maintenance equipment and $325,000 from the storm water utility fund for a retaining wall on the 16th hole.
“We spend money at Heatherwoode to make money,” Pozzuto said during Thursday’s presentation.