Middletown BMW motorcycle shop opening today in former senior center

A former Middletown senior center building is “greatly improved” and will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning to welcome the city’s newest downtown business.

BMW Motorcycles of Greater Cincinnati held a ribbon-cutting at 9:30 a.m. and demonstration rides will be available from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., said owner Mike Allen.

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He hopes the business brings additional commerce to the city and employs as many skilled employees as possible.

Work on the project started in early 2018 and was expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. Allen said the project was completed under budget.

The project includes an investment of $1.273 million in construction and upgrades to the facility, including separating all utilities from the city’s municipal building, and will create 12 new full-time jobs and $375,000 in new payroll.

The building, 140 N. Verity Parkway, has been empty for the past decade since a new senior center was built on Central Avenue in 2007.

The Columbus-based Allen family also owns Motohio, a dealership with multiple lines of motorcycles including BMW. Allen said his family owns the BMW motorcycle dealership rights for the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton regions. Other than Columbus, the nearest BMW motorcycle dealerships are in Indianapolis and in Louisville.

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