The $33 million project makes up only a fraction of the $150 million that will be invested into the Champion Mill Redevelopment Project in the heart of downtown Hamilton. A 750,000-square-foot sports, entertainment and event complex, known as Spooky Nook, will be on the west shore of the Great Miami River.
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“The project is a critical component in the city’s economic development initiatives and the centerpiece of the plan to restore a blighted brownfield property, and drive business and residential growth in a distressed census tract,” according to the capital budget request.
Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith said city officials have been in conversations with Retherford and Ohio Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., and believe the sizable request is “appropriate due to the size of the actual project.”
“We believe that return will come in a very short timeframe,” he said.
Other sources of funding committed to the Champion Mill Conference and Events Center project include federal, state, county and local money totaling more than $28.1 million.
The project is expected to have a significant economic impact, including creating 150 construction jobs, 80 full-time and 300 part-time new and permanent jobs, and generate more than $3.5 million in new taxes, according to the proposal.
The City of Hamilton, Hamilton City School District, Butler County, the Hamilton Community Foundation, the Butler County Visitors Bureau, Butler County Port Authority and developer Spooky Nook Sports, Inc. have partnered on the overall project.