Sinclair moves to get more downtown properties

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The property is now largely covered with weeds but one day it could house growth of a different kind.

“This provides them all of the land they need if they choose to move forward with their expansion,” says Dayton Planning and Community Director Aaron Sorrell.

Dayton City Commissioners approved selling about an acre of land to Sinclair Community College for $7,800.

The land is located between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Interstate 75. It adds to land Sinclair already owns west of the river.

“Sinclair has been buying up land in that area for the last 10 years,” Sorrell says. “This is the last small piece they don’t own.”

A spokesperson for Sinclair says they don’t have any definite plans yet for the land, but they say whatever they do with it, it would be reflective of the college’s priorities.

We wanted to know if the agreement is a good one for taxpayers.

“Yeah, it provides land for an institution the city cares greatly about,” Sorrell says. “It’s land we no longer have to mow, so it takes the operating costs off of our books.”

A Sinclair spokesperson says the purchase of the land would have to be approved by the state, but city officials are hopeful the land could one day have a productive use for the first time in decades when it was filled with homes.

“That’s more jobs, more increased tax revenue for the city,” Sorrell says.

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