WATCH: These 3 projects changing the way Greene County looks

Aug 31, 2018

The temporary closure of State Route 235 in Greene County is in its fourth month, but construction crews are making progress on a new bridge that will cross the Fairborn Cement Company’s limestone quarry. Workers have quarried a roadway through State Route 235 to access limestone reserves instead of having to cross the busy two-lane road. The bridge is being built over the quarry and is expected to be completed in December or early January according to ODOT. 

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Contractors have begun to build a bridge on a stretch of State Route 235 where Fairborn Cement Compnay has quarried limestone through the right of way to the east side of the road. The bridge will allow cement workers to drive under the state route to continue quarry work without crossing the road. The project work began in April and is expected to be complete in October or November. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Photo: Ty Greenlees

The new REACH Center on Progress drive in Xenia has gone up quickly. Prefabricated concrete walls, roofing and exterior brick work have been completed and the full shape of the building is now visible.

The 75,200-square-foot facility will serve as the new home for the YMCA in Xenia, featuring regulation-size and warm-water therapy pools, as well as providing expanded social services and activities for senior citizens. The REACH Center is a partnership between Xenia, the Greater Dayton YMCA, Clarke State Community College and Central State University. The REACH Center will replace the senior center and the Xenia YMCA. Kettering Health bought the land for the project and plans to eventually have a facility at the site. 

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Under construction in Xenia is The 75,000-square foot REACH Center, a partnership between Xenia, the Greater Dayton YMCA, Clarke State Community College and Central State University. Much of the exterior has been completed over the summer and the center is expected to open in early 2019. The REACH Center is located on the west side of Xenia on Progress Drive where commercial development has been steady. A new Hampton Inn & Suites is opening soon and a Penn Station opened earlier this year to fill out lots near Lowe's and Walmart. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Photo: Ty Greenlees

The second of two water towers in Xenia is now being repainted under a $1.06 million contract awarded to Medway based American Suncraft Construction Company.

The three-million-gallon water tower on Patton Street is in the early stages of the process. Curtains have been placed around the water tower that keep paint and debris from falling away from the structure and equipment has been staged. Painting of the one-million-gallon water tower on West Second Street has been completed and was the first since its construction between 2001 and 2002, according to the City of Xenia.

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This three-million-gallon water tower, left, on Patton Street in Xenia, is the second of two water towers to get repainted in the city this year. The first tower is on W. Second Street and is almost complete. The middle water tower in this photo was built in 1887. It is still in use and believed to be the second oldest water tower in the country. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Photo: Ty Greenlees