Green Township is focused on connectivity, infrastructure development, commercial expansion, and providing opportunities to residents in 2021.
According to its strategic plan, the township plans to address public safety, financial stability, community identity, personnel, and economic development in the coming year.
Triffon Callos, chairman of the Green Township Board of Trustees, said the township will continue connecting residential neighborhoods to parks, businesses, libraries, and schools.
"I’m excited where we’re going," Callos said. "The vision of the board is to retain our current residents, but we also want to attract and incentivize young families to move to Green Township."
Providing better retail choices to residents, recruiting new businesses to the area, and strategically investing TIF funds to provide job opportunities are just some of the key actions being taken to improve quality of life.
Township Administrator Frank Birkenhauer said some projects are on hold because of the pandemic; however, many businesses are continuing with development plans to grow their business.
Kuliga Park upgrades continue in 2021
One of the township's oldest parks located at 6717 Bridgetown Road is getting more upgrades in 2021. Officials say this is the largest upgrade and expansion of the park since its construction in 1977.
Phase One will be finished in early spring and includes resurfacing the tennis courts and building four new pickleball courts.
Phase Two, which begins in this summer, will include a new pavilion and stage, restroom and shelter updates, and the completion of the loop trail.
TriHealth is expanding its footprint
TriHealth's Good Samaritan Western Ridge campus is expanding from 53,000 to 145,000 square feet. The health system will add more physicians and clinical care services on the west side.
The campus will have a state-of-the-art oncology center and additional office space. TriHealth is also adding 10,000 square feet of office space at its Glenway facility.
Phase One just opened and the additional expansion on Glenway will open later in 2021.
Extension of pedestrian connectivity in parks
Since the pandemic started, more residents have been walking outdoors and visiting the parks, Callos said.
The 2,100-foot Eagles Lake – Nathanael Greene Lodge Connector Trail is currently under construction with an expected completion date this spring.
The trail is one of several portions of the Harrison Avenue Pedestrian Facilities Improvement Project. Once complete, the trail will extend from the Lodge west to Wesselman Road access drive to the Eagles Lake Condominium development.
"In the summer of 2021 a connection between the northeast portion of the Lodge parking lot and the Veterans’ Park walking path will be constructed, enhancing walking opportunities in the Townships’ most heavily utilized," Birkenhauer said.
Senior living community
Construction on a 82-unit senior living community has started and is expected to be completed in March.
Airy Hills at North Bend Crossing, 5150 North Bend Crossing, is a $28 million project. The third phase of the project includes 31 assisted living units, 19 rehabilitation units, and 32 memory care units in the Monfort Heights neighborhood.
Harrison Avenue commercial corridor
Green Township is getting a Buffalo Wild Wings next year. BW3, a popular wing franchise, is being built adjacent to the new Kroger Marketplace on Harrison Avenue.
Construction on another anticipated commercial property, Hampton Inn & Suites, will also start next year. The 96-room hotel at 6336 Harrison Ave. is expected to be completed late this year.
The plan also includes a 6,200-square-foot, one-story commercial building and lot.
"The Hampton Inn & Suites really ties into our medical community with TriHealth expanding," Callos said. "With that comes the need for a hotel and destination. Then you have the restaurants and new development in the (same) corridor."
Harrison Avenue widening
The Harrison Avenue Improvement Project will include road widening and existing signals will be upgraded to "mast arm" installations for improved traffic flow and safety.
The road will be widened from Wesselman Road east to the Harrison Green shopping center starting in the spring. The center turn lane will also be extended to serve the area between Wesselman Road and Filview Circle.
The center turn lane at Westwood Northern will be extended through to Filview, just east of Manchester Plaza. The project also includes improvements to the existing pedestrian facilities on this section of Harrison Avenue.
Administration building study
The township is exploring designs and facility concepts for its administrative building, which houses administration, public services, police, and fire personnel. The building, at 6303 Harrison Avenue, was built 30 years ago and "does not adequately offer the space needed for a modern police force and other departments."
The building was a former car lot and showroom in 1991 before converting to the current version.
The study will analyze the feasibility of expanding the current facility. Township officials plan to share the preliminary design concepts with the public in the fall.