West Chester selling activity center, and ‘it’s no secret … Kroger has an interest’

The West Chester Twp. trustees are selling the activity center that houses senior programs for about $1.7 million and are working to find a new home for the program.

The trustees approved putting out a request for proposals Tuesday night to dispose of the two-acre site on Cox Road. The Butler County auditor’s website lists the value at $2 million, but Trustee Board President Mark Welch said officials had an appraisal done last year and it placed the price at $1.7 million, so that would be a minimum bid.

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“We certainly want somebody who is going to be a benefit to the community,” Welch told the Journal-News. “We’re looking for a developer to build on it and to add some kind of a service to the township and help the road situation when it’s up and running. It’s no secret that I think Kroger has an interest in it.”

The Activity Center sits in back of the Tylersville Road Kroger store. Kroger officials could not be reached for comment.

Trustee Lee Wong said the township is selling the property now because “there is a market for it” but said “I cannot confirm or deny” Kroger is a potential bidder.

Trustee Ann Becker said the seniors need not worry they will be left out in the cold.

“Our seniors will be well taken care of,” she said. “They will have access to the facility until December 31st. and they will continue to receive high quality service they are accustomed to.”

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