Last updated: August 13. 2014 1:48PM - 176 Views
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XENIA — City Council will meet in a special session Thursday prior to its regular meeting for a presentation and discussion on Play Xenia — a city recreation initiative.

Derived from X-Plan, Play Xenia was designed to help city officials understand the recreational needs of residents and develop a plan to identify funds, partnerships and strategies to improve parks, recreation facilities, recreation programs and attract and/or grow recreation-oriented businesses.

Surveys were sent to residents, including children, asking for input on what types of recreation options they would like in Xenia.

On Thursday city staff and council will discuss where to go next.

One specific option will be discussed during the regular meeting as City Manager Brent Merriman will ask council to enter into a contract with Creative Entertainment Concepts, Inc., for possible re-development of the former Fulmer site in Town Square as a family entertainment center.

The building, owned by R&B Investments, has been vacant for several years. R&B and Creative Entertainment have the framework for a lease agreement in place.

“It doesn’t mean a development is guaranteed,” Merriman said. But if the city chooses to go in that direction, the building acquisition portion of the project could be completed early.

Council will also consider an agreement with WA Hammond Drierite for the use of the Hooven & Allison property. The company manufactures several products, including drying materials, and proposes using the “blue building” to store excess material.

The company will maintain the property in exchange for storing materials.

“It’s reducing our cost,” Merriman said.

A six-month update on the city’s vacant building ordinance is also on the agenda.

Scott Halasz is a staff writer for the Xenia Daily Gazette. He can be reached at 937-502-4507.

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