ENGLEWOOD — William Singer, director of economic development for the City of Englewood, was the featured speaker Thursday at the Northmont Area Chamber of Commerce Professionals in Networking Grow Success (PINGS) luncheon at the Englewood Clarion Inn.
Singer gave an update to business development taking place in the city. He discussed the Interstate 70 widening, which is also part of the State Route 48 intersection improvement project.
“Hopefully the project will be completed in about three years,” Singer said. “You did notice though that the traffic situation has gotten a little bit better. There is a second lane southbound that is open for traffic on Main Street, which is basically thanks to RTA willing to transport pedestrians back and forth through the work zone.”
One lane south had been dedicated for pedestrian travel per federal regulations, but RTA agreed to transport pedestrians through the work zone from one side of the I-70 overpass to the other.
“The interstate widening will provide three lanes from the airport access road down to Main Street,” Singer noted.
Singer also discussed the completion of the Union Road bridge deck replacement project.
“The traffic on Taywood Road was tremendous. Nobody wanted to use Main Street and nobody could use Union Road so everybody was on Taywood,” he stated. “The festival was impacted because we didn’t have the parade, which will return next year.”
Singer commented that this year’s Fine Art Festival was probably one of the most heavily attended ever with 120 vendors, a car show, and lots of entertainment options.
El Toro Mexican restaurant will be moving into the old Tumbleweed restaurant location at 9200 N. Main Street, which will open within the next few months. A new drive thru opened Wednesday, August 20 on Taywood Road at the former Englewood Drive Thru (later Love ‘n Love) across from Northmont Plaza.
Tesla Motors will be installing a charging station at the Meijer store for its electric cars. Tesla has a charging station in Columbus and one in Indianapolis, so the Englewood charging station will be located at the halfway point between those two major cities. Singer noted that someone in Englewood actually owns an electric Tesla car. The charging station at Meijer will be located back by the garden center.
The city is currently in negotiations with a developer that is interested in the old Englewood Towing & Recovery site next to Bob Evans.
“There are mass rumors going around that the business interested in the site is everything from a big box retailer that you can think of, but we do not have a plan that has been submitted to the city,” Singer said. “The developer has not told us who they have as a client; they just want to develop that site. They are working through the due diligence of engineering and environmental planning, but it is a plan that will hopefully soon become a reality.”
Singer also discussed an AutoZone auto parts store being constructed on Main Street next door to Precision Tune, which will give Englewood three major auto parts retailers (along with Advance Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts).
The Kleptz Early Learning Center on National Road will be opening on September 2. An open house and dedication ceremony will be held Sunday, August 24 at 2 p.m. Park at the Northmont High School/Middle School campus and bus shuttles will bring those wishing to attend the ceremony every 15 minutes to the Early Learning Center site, which has limited parking.
The Good Samaritan North construction project is moving along for the four-story, 96,000 square foot addition that will house a 24 hour emergency room and office space.
United Dairy Farmers is currently building a new 4,400 square foot store on the corner on National and Union roads across the street from its current location on the old Englewood Plaza site. Initially the store will not have ice cream but should by December or January. UDF will be removing the gas storage tanks at the old site as well as canopy over the fueling stations and will rent or sell the current facility. UDF owns all three retail sites at the National and Union intersection and bought all 14 acres of the former Englewood Plaza site. A service road might be built that would loop behind the El Cazador restaurant to connect with National Road. UDF might sell off the remaining acreage to a developer capable of developing the property.
A bakery will be moving into the former Oink-a-Doodle-Moo site next door to JD’s Old Fashioned Frozen Custard. The bakery will focus its business on cakes and cookies, not doughnuts according to Singer.
Singer also talked about a new metal roof that will be installed on the Earl Heck Community Center that should last 50 years.
A Yard Waste Drop-off will be held Saturday, October 11 on East Wenger Road. Old car tires will also be accepted. An Electronics Recycling Day will also be held at the Englewood Government Center on October 11 in cooperation with Clayton, Union and Brookville.
The city’s fall leaf pick up program will begin in mid-October and will run through November.
Beggar’s Night for all cities, villages and townships in Montgomery County has been set for October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be held on October 31 every year from now on.
“The mayors and managers got together because there were so many places holding Beggar’s Night on different dates that they decided October 31 would be the date for everyone from now on,” Singer said.
The annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 a.m. at Concord United Methodist Church. The guest speaker this year is Charity Krueger of the Aullwood Audubon Center.
The City of Englewood will hold its annual Holiday Celebration at the government center on November 29.