The West Carrollton City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to approve the funds for demolition of the former Sonny’s Auto Spa, located at 744 E. Dixie Dr.
The city is partnering with the Montgomery County Land Bank to demolish the building which has been empty since August 2012.
The Montgomery County Land Bank acquired the 3.84 acre property from Sonny’s LLC on December 22, 2016.
The city plans to begin the demolition process this spring, using approximately $101,800 Community Development Block Grant funding and $75,000 National Stabilization Program funds. Both sources are from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and filtered through Montgomery County.
“We appreciate the partnership by Montgomery County and the Land Bank to help clean up a property that has become an eyesore in our community,” said Brad Townsend, city manager. “The city is committed to fostering new economic development in our city by doing everything we can to limit the high costs of demolishing outdated structures and preparing land for future redevelopment,” he said
The property is located in the City Center district, which is a mixed use description that covers commercial, office and retail use.
The mission of the Montgomery County Land Bank is “to facilitate the transition of blighted, foreclosed and abandoned properties into viable, marketable properties … with the long-term goal of returning these properties to the tax roll,” according to the website.
“Like many of the troubled, vacant properties in Montgomery County, this one has long been a burden for neighbors and the community at-large,” said Mike Grauwelman, Land Bank executive director. “We’re pleased that the Land Bank could play a role in helping the city of West Carrollton remove the blight, and restore the property and create an opportunity for redevelopment.”
The city’s expected demolition costs are approximately $180,000. The city’s planning and building department will coordinate the bids for demolition contractors.
“Montgomery County is pleased to be a partner with the city of West Carrollton on this project. The demolition of this building will remove a blighting influence on this corridor and will assist the city in making this site available for redevelopment,” said Erik Collins, Montgomery County’s director of community economic development.
For more information, call Brad Townsend, city manager, at (937) 847-4663 or Michael Grauwelman, Land Bank executive director, at (937) 531-6921. Call Erik Collins, Montgomery County director of community economic development at (937) 225-4642