Smith said the project would include a “$60 million hard-cost investment, $10 million soft-cost investment,” with “at least 250 market-rental-rate apartments.”
And the city is hoping for more to happen on the 6.7-acre site, he said “That’s just a Phase 1 development.”
This was Hamilton's Beckett Paper mill, in 1914. It is believed to be the first paper mill west of the Allegheny mountains, according to the Butler County Historical Society, which shared this image. PROVIDED
The city has performed Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental studies on the site, he said. “So I’m feeling this is lining up very nicely. This I think is a huge opportunity, not only for the downtown, but I think it’s a huge opportunity for Dayton Lane. It’s an anchor going into Dayton Lane.”
“The historic districts have seen a lot of positive energy in recent years,” Smith continued. “This will be a huge win, I believe, for the Dayton Lane Historic District.”
City staff have not revealed the name of the developers. A memo to council said only that the project is “comprised of developers in the region who have been successful in large redevelopment projects similar to this proposed development.”
It would mark the second major redevelopment of a paper mill in Hamilton, along with the former Champion Paper mill site, which now is being converted into Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill, an immense indoor sports complex that will be the country’s largest, along with a convention center.
Spooky Nook is now scheduled to open in the spring of 2022.
Renters of those apartments would be natural customers for shops, restaurants and bars that are opening in the downtown area and Main Street. Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Dan Bates this week said such residents, like those who will live at the 76-apartment Rossville Flats that had its groundbreaking this week, are “built-in customers” for Hamilton businesses.
Rossville Flats was the first new housing development begun along Main Street, in the Rossville neighborhood, in more than 100 years.
The city also is working with developer Bloomfield/Schon to transform the 127-year-old Shuler & Benninghofen Woolen Mill in the Lindenwald neighborhood into 100 apartments and shops.
The Third+Dayton complex, which once was filled with Ohio Casualty employees, now is filling with apartments and shops. The city also has been helping finance projects that restore apartments on upper levels of buildings along Main Street.