“Relocating the south end of Gilmore Road and attaching it to the roundabout has eliminated left turns onto Hamilton-Mason Road, thereby reducing the risk for crashes during peak traffic flow,” said engineer’s office spokeswoman Betsy Horton. “Simply realigning Gilmore Road and adding a traffic light would not have efficiently accommodated the future growth and development in Fairfield Twp., specifically on Gilmore Road.”
The area has been a focus of Fairfield Twp. in recent years, including in 2017, when the township and city of Hamilton agreed on a joint economic development district (JEDD) to bring in new tax revenue to both communities. That JEDD, established in 1996, brought in developments like Bridgewater Falls, Home Depot and Walmart.
Traffic in the area is expected to grow as land is developed.
Parts of the area have already been developed, including with StoryPoint Senior Living and the recently relocated Fairfield Twp. Fire Station 212. The school district has said it does not have any immediate plans for its newly acquired land. All of this land is on a parcel the township purchased from Graceworks Lutheran in 2017.
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There’s also upwards of 100 undeveloped land across Gilmore Road owned by the Kettering Health Network, and a developing Butler County medical campus at Enterprise Park across Hamilton-Mason Road.
More work is still planned for the area as the land is developed, trustees have said. The township has plans to widen Gilmore Road from the roundabout to the Butler County Regional Highway overpass.
Trustee Joe McAbee said the roundabout and the Gilmore Road widening project will “encourage business development in vacant township properties in the area,” and help residents and visitors navigate the township.
Trustee Susan Berding said the underground utilities had been laid, and the power grid to the area is in place and believes developments will be attracted to the area once the widening project is finished.