Kettering Health Network buys ITW property

Specific plans not revealed

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Kettering Health Network has purchased 8 acres of land at 600 W. Main St. in Troy at the site of the former Hobart Brothers Company’s manufacturing plant.

The network plans to expand healthcare services in the greater Troy community. Plans are still being developed and will be shared when they are finalized, according to a press release from the network.

Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and Troy Development Council President J.C. Wallace thanked ITW officials for their dedication to the city of Troy from the start of the initial project.

“Since ITW went through all the expense from tearing down the building and (they) really made a big investment in the community in helping make that site available for redevelopment. It has been a good first step in what’s going to happen with the future of the downtown,” Wallace said.

The city of Troy’s Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington said the announcement will lead to a positive addition to the city of Troy’s economic landscape.

“Being that it is a medical-professional use, it sounds like it’s going to be a very positive use of that property,” Titterington said. “We think Kettering is going to be a very good partner with us. It’s part of the downtown riverfront corridor and so we believe they are going to be good partners in that project. It’s right next to Treasure Island, very close to it, so it has a lot of potential from the development standpoint.”

Titterington said the city’s involvement will hinge on Kettering Health Network partner’s engineers and architects plans and how it may affect the city’s traffic and other issues. City administrators have not scheduled to meet with KHN officials as of press time, he said. The project will not involve the Troy Planning Commission since it is not located in the city’s historic district.

While the press release did not mention the potential plans for the space, Titterington said the city will get involved if traffic or other zoning issues should arise.

“Any project that they submit to us in their zoning will require to accommodate their parking needs, that’s all built in the zoning code,” he said. “When it comes to the traffic impact, that’s where our engineers will talk to their engineers and identify what the concerns are and what the alternatives might be before they get too far along with their design process.”

Titterington also addressed the future possibility of vacating Water Street to accommodate the new facility. Titterington said the possibility has been on the table since the city began working with Troy Development Council and ITW to sell the property.

“As a number of developers have come through, I’ve always been letting the council know that, you know, it’s possible in the future that — do we want to look at vacating Water Street as an option,” Titterington said. “It’s never not been an alternative, but as part of this project as much as I know, it’s not immediately in play.”

Joe Goodall, owner of the Troy Lumber Company, located at 701 Water St., told the Troy Daily News he was unable to comment regarding the potential impact of this announcement on his property.

Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of eight hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. The network’s hospitals are Kettering, Grandview, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Soin, Fort Hamilton, and Kettering Behavioral Medicine. Kettering College, a division of Kettering Medical Center, is a fully accredited college that specializes in health science education. Kettering Health Network is recognized as one of the 2016 Truven Health Analytics 15 Top Health Systems in the United States.

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Specific plans not revealed

By Melanie Yingst

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