Volleyball Club Sets Sights on Former Paper Mill Land in West Carrollton, listing represented by Henkle Schueler Agent- Mark Langdon

Volleyball Club Sets Sights on Former Paper Mill Land in West Carrollton, listing represented by Henkle Schueler Agent- Mark Langdon

In an area with as much history as Southwest Ohio, sometimes growth includes reusing old lots and old spaces instead of starting from scratch. One of our foremost commercial real estate agents, Mark Langdon of Henkle Schueler & Associates, is doing just that with a plot of land previously owned by the City of West Carrollton. The approximately 20-acre lot, which Spike-It LLC wants to develop into a new location for their sand volleyball business, used to house several historic structures, including paper mills and a section of the Miami-Erie canal.

Revitalizing Historic Commercial Properties with New Construction

Though some of the structures on this property have been demolished, either because of disrepair or to clear the way for new development of the land, one paper mill office building remains. The city says it is in disrepair, but may be of architectural interest, as it was built in the mid-1800’s. It was included in the land purchase, and Spike-It LLC is contemplating renovating it for some use after their new facility is completed.

The Schueler Group is excited to be included in this new construction project that will increase economic growth as well as ties between the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas.

Below is the article that appeared on the City of West Carrollton’s Website on 22 October 2018:

Volleyball Club Sets Sights on Former Paper Mill Land

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the West Carrollton City Council will review a contract that would allow a new sand volleyball business to purchase approximately seven acres of city-owned land located at 200 Central Ave.

The owners of Spike-It LLC, who also own Setters Beach Volley and Outdoor Lounge in Cincinnati, aim to purchase the land to construct a 17-court indoor and outdoor sand facility that includes a restaurant and bar, as well as space for 350 vehicles. They are also seeking a liquor license.

The proposed facility design for the 44,000-square-foot indoor facility and 38,000-square-foot outdoor courts includes a main entrance located at the Miami and Central Avenue intersection.

Larry Roberts, one of three co-owners along with Jack Betts and his son, Michael Betts, said the West Carrollton site is ideal because of its close proximity to Interstate 75 and because of the high-participation in volleyball by Dayton residents at its current location and other venues. “Dayton has people that already know how to play sand volleyball,” Roberts said.

Inside Volleyball

The Spike-It business model is built on league-play seven days a week, with operation from approximately 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, with earlier start times on the weekends.

If council approves the ordinance’s second reading on Nov. 13, the owners plan to have the new $4.5 million facility open by Oct. 1, 2019. Roberts said the indoor season typically runs from October through April – and the new building would include heat, fans, and large garage doors to regulate the air flow.

During the outdoor season, a second bar, as well as outdoor restrooms and showers will be in operation with approximately 30 to 40 employees during the peak season.

The purchase contract calls for the sale of the acreage at $40,000 per acre, and includes the former Friend Paper office building, which is adjacent to the railroad. Roberts said the company plans to re-evaluate the building for potential redevelopment at some point down the road after the new building is constructed.

Approximately 12 acres would remain available for future re-development on the former paper mill site. Mark Langdon, of Henkle Schueler Realtors, is the listing broker for the property.

The contract calls for a one-year moratorium on the city’s sale of adjoining acreage at the site to another business that operates in the food or beverage industry.

City Manager Brad Townsend said the city also aims to address infrastructure improvements along the Central Avenue corridor in the area including streetscape and intersection improvements, as well as the installation of on street parking and the addition of a bicycle path.

Mike Lucking, economic development director, said this proposal is consistent with the city council’s vision for the redevelopment of the corridor that results in the community becoming a destination location. “Hopefully, this initiative leads to similar redevelopment projects going forward,” he said.

This article originally appeared on the City of West Carrollton’s website.


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