Interest in county land increasing

By Scott Halasz -

XENIA — Greene Regional Business Park is becoming a hot commodity in Xenia.

In the last six months, Greene County — which owns the 140 acres for sale along US Route 35 and Innovation Drive — has had “three large businesses” with interest, according to County Administrator Brandon Huddleson.

The property — often referred to as the Ohio Veterans Children’s Home Park — was appraised at, and is selling for, $25,000 an acre, according to Huddleson.

He could not say what type of businesses and would not confirm or deny rumors of a large meat packing company looking to buy, but he said the city and county are working together to find the best buyer. He added that the commissioners are concerned about any jobs and potential hazards the land’s development would bring.

Huddleson said the city’s local zoning code could also keep undesired development away.

That site was declared shovel ready by Dayton Power & Light, which worked with McCallum Sweeney Consulting to survey industrial sites and certify those that are utility ready.

Originally there were 151 acres for sale, but that was reduced due to 11 acres of trees which may be home to an endangered species of bats. The county explored removing the trees to have the site certified, but after some public push back, commissioners opted to have the site certified minus the trees. Those 11 acres will still be available to businesses, but they wont be certified as shovel ready.

By Scott Halasz

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.