17 big projects that are happening in Butler County despite coronavirus uncertainty

In the financial uncertainty of the coronavirus, multiple big projects are continuing progress in Butler County.

The Journal-News gathered information on projects for a full report in Sunday’s newspaper. Here’s a look at some of the projects that are moving forward.


• Fairfield City Council on Thursday approved an incentive package for Fairfield Commerce Park on Seward Road, with construction expected to begin later this year, according to Greg Kathman, Fairfield’s development services director. The multiple-year project is expected to cost more than $50 million

•  Panera started moving dirt in early March for a new standalone restaurant expected to open at 5875 Dixie Highway in August.

Liberty Twp.

• Trustees this month approved rezoning for Liberty Flats, a 356-unit upscale apartment complex that will start construction on 22 acres adjacent to Liberty Center in early spring 2021. The proposed complex, which includes 24 three-story buildings, each between 22,680 and 160,608 square feet each, should be completed by 2023. Each building has eight to 20 units, according to plans submitted to Liberty Twp.

• A long-awaited 124,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace at Kyles Station Road and Ohio 4 is continuing construction. The new store will include a fuel center and serve as the anchor for the 56-acre Kyles Station development. When it opens, the new Kroger will replace a 57,000-square-foot storefront that Kroger started leasing at 5420 Liberty-Fairfield Road in 1998.


• Construction of the large indoor farm 80 Acres is building in the Hamilton Enterprise Park is coming along. The company hopes to be starting operations there by the end of summer.

• Salvagnini America is expanding its current location at Symmes Road and the Ohio 4 Bypass 

• Construction continues at what is set to become North America’s largest indoor sports complex, Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill

• Origin Venture, a paper company providing recycling, papermaking, and corrugated packaging manufacturing, recently was approved for state Job Creation Tax Credits and will choose a site in the city for its operations, which will create at least 64 full-time positions and generate $4.7 million in new annual payroll.


• Motorcycle dealer Octane Outlet will replace a 93,000-square-foot Target that closed in 2014.

• A newly constructed 2,400-square-foot Chipotle at Towne Boulevard and Pendleton Circle is scheduled to open July 15.

• Construction should start later this year Dairy Queen Grill & Chill next to the White Castle at 4780 Roosevelt Blvd.


• The Caroline Harrison Building at 131 West High St. is planned to be a 3-story mixed use building with four ground-floor tenant spaces and 22 residential units. It will include a mixture of two-, three- and four-bedroom units on the second and third floors, Greene said.

• Kettering Oxford Health Center, a one-story medical office building 5095 University Park Blvd., is planned. A permit application was submitted, but approval is still pending, Greene said.

West Chester

• AstraZeneca, a drug company, is retrofitting its manufacturing facility this month to help develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

• Republic Wire is moving forward with a planned expansion just north of the Trade Center property on Ohio 747

• Kemba Credit Union’s new headquarters is under construction just off Union Centre Boulevard, an investment that increased from $8 million to $28 million this year when the company boosted the size of the building to 147,000 square feet.

• Mill Creek Logistics Center I and Mill Creek Logistics Center II, two industrial buildings on Jacquemin Drive just off Union Centre Boulevard, were completed at the end of May.

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