The growth continues in Liberty Township!
By: Christine Matacic
The growth continues in Liberty Township. In 2017, over 20 new businesses opened, with 15 more announcing they are coming soon to our community. In addition to the commercial growth, Liberty continues to be among those leading our region in new housing starts. Permits issued through November for new commercial was 36 while new single-family housing was 271. Almost 10 miles of roads were paved along with numerous road projects; a new Fire Chief was hired; a new Fire Levy passed and through November, Fire/EMS responders answered 2,524 calls while our deputies responded to 18,948 calls for service. We completed another segment of planning for connectivity in Liberty via hike/bike trails with the plans for our main business district in our south-east corner of the township.
So, you ask, what can we expect to happen in Liberty Township in 2018
We do not wait too long as we welcome The Christ Hospital – Liberty Township on January 6th with a ribbon cutting and open house and they open their doors to patients on the 8th. In addition, about 15 more businesses have announced they will be opening. The positive development momentum is expected to continue with Premier Health Atrium Medical Center breaking ground along Cincinnati-Dayton Road; Gold Star Chilli opening a second location; Dairy Queen building 2 new locations (Cincinnati-Dayton and Rt 4); new Kroger Marketplace being constructed on SR 4; Liberty Center adding office tenants Thrive Pointe, Pure Haven Essentials and Weprin Realty along with retail, restaurant and entertainment tenants; and iFLY, an indoor skydiving business plans to break ground on a site near Liberty Center.
One answer we will see by the end of the first quarter is whether Amazon finds Liberty Township a community where they wish to locate long-term. This would impact us positively and we would see a lot of the vacant ground surrounding the I-75 growth corridor being developed, bringing jobs, more construction and orange barrels for improvements.
Speaking of improvements, the infrastructure will continue to evolve to accommodate the increased traffic. Two new roundabouts will find their way to Millikin and Yankee Roads along with Hamilton-Mason and LeSourdsville West Chester Roads. On a larger scale, SR 747 will continue to be widened from Princeton to Millikin Road and completed end of summer/early fall. Yankee Road widening north of Dutchland Woods along with the addition of a sidewalk should be finished by summers end (weather permitting). Preliminary work will begin on Princeton Road between Cincinnati Dayton and Butler-Warren Roads for the 2019 widening of lanes with added berms.
Hike/bike trails will continue to dot the landscape as Liberty Township continues with increasing connectivity of neighborhoods, schools, businesses and recreational areas. Working toward the Miami2Miami (M2) regional trail system, the Liberty Township Trails Initiative, the Walkability/Connectivity of our business area and with private businesses will significantly improve the quality of life for all of us.
Millikin Way interchange development vision!
Millikin Interchange may be a drawing on a piece of paper right now, but studies will continue to move this project forward. When this interchange becomes a reality, we will see the northern end of Liberty expand its commercial area by over 700 acres for more businesses, offices, and entertainment.
As our growth continues, we will be ever mindful of the need to increase services for our residents, businesses, and guests. Our facilities will continue to evolve to address those needs and in 2018, we will complete the expansion of our Services (Roads/Parks) facility and begin plans for the Administration/Sheriff Substation along with evaluating the Fire/EMS needs.
If you thought 2017 was a busy year for Liberty Township, 2018 proves to be more interesting with new developments and possibilities.
More about the author:
Christine Matacic was re-elected to a fifth term as Trustee in November of 2017. She served as the President of the Board many times over the last several years and is currently serving as the Board President for 2017. Her involvement in the community includes serving on the following Boards of Directors:
- Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI)
- Butler County Regional Transit Authority
- West Chester – Liberty Chamber Alliance
- Hamilton Rotary
- Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA)