Commissioners discuss 25-A study

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Commissioners met with the planning consultants hired to perform a study of the undeveloped area between Troy and Piqua on Wednesday.

The board approved an agreement with Burton Planning Services for a study of the North County Road 25-A corridor at a cost of $47,900 at a meeting last week.

The consulting company will study the undeveloped area between Troy and Piqua with the goal of encouraging future development. Department of Development Director Richard Osgood said the department is excited to be working with Burton on the study.

President and owner Kim Burton and Community Planning Manager Kim Littleton attended the commissioners’ Wednesday work session.

“We saw the proposal come in and thought this was perfect for us. This is the kind of stuff we love to do,” Burton said.

The study will consider the County Road 25-A corridor from the northern Troy city limits to the southern Piqua city limits, including the area around Interstate 75’s Exit 78, with the goal of coming up with marketable, development-ready plans. The study would also analyze what infrastructure would be necessary for improvements, creating design concepts, and coming up with plans to market the area.

“I’m not sure you can find another exit along I-75 — the whole way — with nothing developed on it. It’s a clean slate,” Commissioner Jack Evans said.

Burton said the study aims to determine the “highest and the best use for the county and for the community, now and in the future.”

Littleton added that he interned with the county 40 years ago and is happy to be working with the county again.

By Cecilia Fox

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