After demolition of the former Sonny’s Auto Spa later this year, Kettering Health Network is expected to take ownership of the 3.84 acre property located at 744 E. Dixie Dr., in the heart of the City Center district.
“The city is thrilled to announce that a Kettering Health Network facility will be coming to our community,” said Mike Lucking, economic development director.
“This will be a substantial investment, not only to our local tax base, but also towards the health and well-being of our community,” said Brad Townsend, city manager.
“Our residents will soon have the option to receive primary health care services right here in the city,” Townsend said. There is currently one other general family medical practice in West Carrollton.
Kettering Health Network plans to construct a medical office building that will include physician practices and outpatient services. The construction timetable and cost have not yet been determined.
“We are looking forward to expanding our services into West Carrollton and being an active member of the community,” said Fred Manchur, Kettering Health Network CEO. “Everything we do as a faith-based health system centers on how to best care for the patient. Part of that care includes connecting people to better and faster access to quality health care. The medical office building will do just that. We are happy to collaborate with the city and county to redevelop the land.”
Demolition is expected to be complete by mid-summer on the underground storage tanks and building that has been empty since August 2012. The Montgomery County Land Bank acquired the property from Sonny’s LLC in December 2016.
The city plans to use approximately $176,800 in Community Development Block Grant funding and 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,” Townsend said. “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to fostering new economic development in our city by doing everything we can to limit the high costs of demolishing outdated structures and preparing land for future redevelopment,” he said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 city’s planning and building department will coordinate the bids for demolition contractors – which is expected to be a two phase process that starts in April.
A demolition kickoff event, involving all community partners, will be announced when the schedule has been finalized.