More housing coming to Fairborn


FAIRBORN — Fairborn council members expressed excitement to see interest in additional housing upon approving construction of section six of Waterford Landing.

The housing development will ultimately include 372 units, nearly 50 acres of open space, 20 acres of right-of-way areas, additional landscaping around the retention pond, trails leading to park access and 77 acres of developable land.

“Section six is an extension of Rapids Drive and [another street],” City Planner Kathleen Riggs said. “There’s 39 lots, 6.9 acres, two open space lots for park dedication and [more than one acres] of right-of-way space.”

Located near Yellow Springs-Fairfield Road, it was first brought to Fairborn City Council’s attention in 1998 and has had five sections complete construction between 2010 and 2015.

Council additionally voted to transfer property to the Fairborn Development Corporation as it is being prepared to be sold to a group aiming to open a brew pub in the city. Fairborn Economic Director Rob Anderson said the group is hoping to raise approximately $1.2 million to cover the entire cost of the project and is currently seeking investors to purchase shares in the project.

Council members were pleased to see the potential for such a business make its home out of Fairborn.

In other areas of business, the city’s water treatment plant and water reclamation center, which includes about 15 buildings, will soon undergo renovations as council approved a contract with Maxim Roofing of Fairborn to replace roofs for some of the facilities. Eight of the roofs were classified as failing and most of the current roofs are 20 to 30 years old, according to Assistant City Manager Pete Bales. The projects are expected to start late spring.

Council also granted the Fairborn Police Department permission to collaboratively apply for a grant with the Beavercreek, Vandalia and Huber Heights police departments to purchase an armored vehicle. Fairborn Police Chief Terry Barlow said during the meeting that the current 1983 model armored vehicle, which the FPD has utilized since 2004, experienced issues with its drive shaft and transmission during a call-out last year.

It is a Lenco Bearcat G2 and costs $246,343. Barlow said situations that would call for an armored vehicle include hostage situations or those in which an individual is barricaded with a weapon. It offers a half-inch of steel protection as well as the ability for officers to pull up to the door where the situation is taking place and give commands without leaving the vehicle.

“Anytime we receive a call in any of those cities, we’re taking all the equipment we have and all the resources and we’re heading to that city and vice-versa, they’re coming to our city,” Barlow said. “The equipment needs to be reliable.”

The next council meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, May 2 at the Fairborn Government Center, 44 W. Hebble Ave.

By Whitney Vickers

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