West Chester Development http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com West Chester Development West Chester Development TriHealth to build medical center in West Chester http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/452 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:32:05 EST http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/452 <div> <p><a title="Cincinnati Business Courier" href="http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/16/exclusive-trihealth-to-scale-back-land-buy-for.html" target="_blank">Cincinnati Business Courier</a></p> <p><a href="http://companies.bizjournals.com/profile/trihealth/192220/?mkt=cincinnati">TriHealth</a>&nbsp;intends to buy 9 acres to build a medical center in Butler County&rsquo;s West Chester Township instead of the original plan to acquire 33 acres spanning both West Chester and Liberty Township, CEO&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/search/results?q=Mark%20Clement">Mark Clement</a>&nbsp;said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a little bit of a curveball thrown at us based upon the taxing authority in Butler County imposing a special assessment on property owners in that Liberty Center area to help fund and finance redesign and reconstruction of the on- and off-ramps at I-75,&rdquo; Clement told me during an exclusive interview. &ldquo;And that occurred after we made the decision to purchase a large parcel of property."</p> <p>Apparently, it would cost $1 million annually to cover the assessment on a 33-acre parcel, which would have tipped the project from being economically viable to being marginal.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re working with the developer (Miller-Valentine Group) to finalize the purchase of the smaller parcel in West Chester, which is adjacent to the Liberty Township property,&rdquo; Clement said. &ldquo;By scaling back the land, we&rsquo;re going to be able to reduce the tax assessment, making the project much more manageable financially.&rdquo;</p> <p>The TriHealth site is across Interstate 75 from the enormous Liberty Center mixed-use development.</p> <p>While TriHealth&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2016/10/19/exclusive-trihealth-ceo-reveals-details-for.html" target="_blank">originally intended to acquire three times</a>&nbsp;as much land, &ldquo;we knew that was more than we needed,&rdquo; Clement said. &ldquo;We knew that we needed to grow into the 30 acres or sell some of it back to the developer. (Now, TriHealth will build near the) same location but it will be a smaller footprint.&rdquo;</p> <p>However, engaging Butler County in talks about reducing or eliminating the assessment lasted more than six months, and that delayed the start date of the project. The Cincinnati-based hospital system expects to break ground early next year. Originally, construction was to start this year.</p> <p>The medical center will encompass 50,000 square feet in the first phase, which is to be completed in about two years, Clement said. A second phase could involve expanding the center to a total of up to 100,000 square feet.</p> <p>While nonprofit hospital systems such as TriHealth might be used to property tax exemptions, a tax increment financing district near the Liberty Center interchange requires payment of a fee from medical facilities and other businesses, said Butler County administrator&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/search/results?q=Charles%20Young">Charles Young</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are not imposing a new tax,&rdquo; Young told me. &ldquo;The purpose of tax increment financing is that there would not be property taxes but service payments to pay for infrastructure improvements to benefit the development.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Liberty Way interchange was paid for with a bond issue of more than $40 million, Young said. The TIF, which is to end in 2031, helps pay down that debt.</p> <p>However, additional funds will be needed because major road improvements are expected to be needed as additional development occurs, Young said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hate to use the term we are a victim of our success,&rdquo; Young said. &ldquo;Hospitals are great creators of jobs. And with the Steiner development of Liberty Center, traffic will soon exceed the design and challenge the interchange to handle it.&rdquo;</p> <p>A firm estimate on the cost for Phase II hasn&rsquo;t been determined, but Young estimates it would be up to $50 million.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is definitely a need for the TIF service fees to continue,&rdquo; Young said. &ldquo;The cost of this will exceed what the county TIF can produce to cover it. We&rsquo;ll need to look to other sources of revenue. &hellip; We will be looking for more money wherever we can find it &ndash; federal, state perhaps even private when needed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Within the last month Butler County commissioners approved spending just less than $1 million for a consultant to take the design work beyond the concept and get a firmer idea of what the ultimate cost will be, Young said.</p> <p>Both Children&rsquo;s Hospital and UC Health&rsquo;s West Chester Hospital, which have medical centers near where TriHealth intends to build, have agreed to make TIF payments, Young said. In addition to discussing such payments with TriHealth, Butler County officials also are in talks with Christ Hospital, which also plans to build a medical center in Liberty Township.</p> <p>TriHealth&rsquo;s outpatient center will anchor a 90-acre, mixed-use development by&nbsp;<a href="http://companies.bizjournals.com/profile/mvg/158657/?mkt=cincinnati">Miller-Valentine Group</a>. The West Chester center&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2015/06/23/first-look-at-trihealths-massive-new-building-in.html" target="_blank">will be modeled after TriHealth Kenwood</a>, which involved consolidating physician offices and other sites of care into one location in northern Hamilton County. The Kenwood location provides primary care, medical or surgical specialties and important ambulatory services such as cancer care, imaging and laboratory.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really important to point out TriHealth owns and operates a number of smaller facilities and physician practices in that general area,&rdquo; Clement said. &ldquo;So our intention isn&rsquo;t to just build a big box and then hope to grow into it. Our intention is to do something very similar to what we did with TriHealth Kenwood.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 112,000-square-foot medical center along Interstate 71 in Sycamore Township, which opened in 2015, &ldquo;is a model for how we are evolving,&rdquo; Clement said. About 300 people work at the five-story building in the Northcreek Office Park.</p> <p>&ldquo;What we intend to do with (West Chester) is what we have already done with Kenwood, which is something we are doing with other major ambulatory sites,&rdquo; Clement said. &ldquo;Bringing together the three or four physician primary care practices that operate out of a 5,000-square-foot facility or the five orthopedic surgeons who operate out of another facility or the four obstetricians. We&rsquo;re going to co-locate those existing practices in one large ambulatory facility that will allow for that team-based approach to delivering care.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/16/exclusive-trihealth-to-scale-back-land-buy-for.html">http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/16/exclusive-trihealth-to-scale-back-land-buy-for.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div>tags: <a href="http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/TriHealth/">TriHealth</a> New axe-throwing attraction in Butler County http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/451 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:18:41 EST http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/451 <p><a title="Journal News" href="http://www.journal-news.com/news/check-this-out-new-axe-throwing-attraction-butler-county/xHq0iTH47ejWIe0jo8vK1N/?ecmp=newspaper_email" target="_blank">Journal News&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Cincinnati Axe Throwing opened earlier this month at 4814 Peter Place in West Chester Twp., just off Ohio 747 and south of Muhlhauser Road. Participants ages 15 and older may play solo or with a group and learn how to throw from an expert.</p> <p>We stopped by a hatchet-hurling session to ask owner Marty Parker about the pulse-pounding new business. Here are five things to know about Cincinnati Axe Throwing:</p> <p><strong>1. It&rsquo;s a high-intensity, team-building activity</strong></p> <p>The urban axe-throwing fun starts with an &ldquo;axepert&rdquo; providing an introductory safety lesson, then guests aiming a two-pound axe toward a bulls-eye 14 feet away in several rounds of competitive games in a quest for the &ldquo;Lumber Lord&rdquo; title, a honor that gets stamped in ink anywhere on the winner&rsquo;s body. Prizes also include tickets to escape room attractions at the business.</p> <p>Sessions last between 90 minutes and 150 minutes.</p> <p>&ldquo;So where&rsquo;s the entertainment?&rdquo; Parker said. &ldquo;The entertainment&rsquo;s in all this fun stuff you&rsquo;re doing.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you just go in your backyard and you throw an axe, it&rsquo;s cool, but if you put someone in the spotlight and do it, where everyone is watching them, the adrenaline, the serotonin, dopamine, endorphins all being released in your system. People cheer for you.&rdquo;</p> <p>Besides date night and corporate team building, the family-fun sport also is an option for birthday and bachelorette parties, Parker said.</p> <p><strong>2. The new business is capitalizing on a worldwide trend</strong></p> <p>Axe throwing caught on as a sport in Canada about a decade ago, then became popular worldwide in 2011 as technology not only spread news of the sport and promotional material faster than ever via smartphones, but also allowed participants to better share their accomplishments with a social media audience.</p> <p>Parker has launched four Axe Throwing LLC locations in the past four months: West Chester Twp., Columbus and Cleveland, plus Dallas, Texas.</p> <p><strong>3. There&rsquo;s more to Cincinnati Axe Throwing than just axe throwing</strong></p> <p>Besides tossing axes across a room, Cincinnati Axe Throwing also offers four escape rooms: Trapped in a Room with a Zombie, DaVinci&rsquo;s Lost Meatball, Wild West and Escape an &rsquo;80s Dance Party with DJ Dan.</p> <p>Participants in one of the rooms, or Cincinnati Axe Throwing, get to see and hear participants of other attractions whooping it up and having a good time.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s that round robin use of marketing that helps promote the other business,&rdquo; Parker said.</p> <p><strong>4. Cincinnati Axe Throwing isn&rsquo;t Parker&rsquo;s first foray into active entertainment&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The high-energy entrepreneur formed motivational event company Bucket List LLC in 2009, launching active entertainment events like mud run Mud Ninja in Hillsboro in 2012, followed by color runs Cincinnati Colorpalooza and Columbus Colorpalooza, then bubble runs, with participants running through &ldquo;epic walls&rdquo; of bubbles dyed with food coloring.</p> <p>&ldquo;It dyes your skin so when you&rsquo;re done, you look like you got pooped on by a unicorn,&rdquo; Parker said. &ldquo;Kids love it. Parents love it.&rdquo;</p> <p>That was followed by tomato fights and escape rooms.</p> <p><strong>5. Throwing axes locally could lead to doing so on an even greater stage</strong></p> <p>Leagues will start in a few months at Cincinnati Axe Throwing, with the business and its Columbus and Cleveland counterparts uniting to form the Ohio Axe Throwing League. The best of the best will get to compete in events offered by World Axe Throwing League, or WATL, the global governing body and league for the sport of urban axe throwing.</p> <p>Parker said he hopes to see urban axe throwing eventually be included in the Arnold Classic Africa Sport Festival, an annual multi-sport event.</p> <p>For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cincinnatiaxe.com/" target="_blank">www.cincinnatiaxe.com</a>, call 470-236-2699 or email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:info@cincinnatiaxe.com">info@cincinnatiaxe.com</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.journal-news.com/news/check-this-out-new-axe-throwing-attraction-butler-county/xHq0iTH47ejWIe0jo8vK1N/?ecmp=newspaper_email">http://www.journal-news.com/news/check-this-out-new-axe-throwing-attraction-butler-county/xHq0iTH47ejWIe0jo8vK1N/?ecmp=newspaper_email</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href="http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/Cincinnati Axe Throwing/">Cincinnati Axe Throwing</a> WEST CHESTER HOSPITAL WINNER OF TOP WORKPLACES AWARD http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/450 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:51:40 EST http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/450 <p>CINCINNATI, OH &ndash; The Cincinnati Enquirer has named <a href="/UCHealth.com">UC Health's</a> West Chester Hospital a winner of 2017 Top Workplaces.&nbsp; The Top Workplaces lists are based on results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Our dedicated team members are the driving force behind West Chester Hospital&rsquo;s success in the region. As administrators, we strive to create a work environment that lives up to the exceptional standard of care they provide,&rdquo; said Tom Daskalakis, chief administrative officer for West Chester Hospital. &ldquo;It's encouraging to know that their approval earned the coveted recognition for West Chester Hospital.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>This year marks the fourth time West Chester Hospital has received the Top Workplaces honor. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often, people assume it&rsquo;s all about fancy perks and benefits,&rdquo; said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. &ldquo;But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day&mdash;the employees.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Media Contact: Kristy Davis</p> <p>UC Health Media Relations</p> <p>513-585-5348 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href="http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/West Chester Hospital/">West Chester Hospital</a> CyberOhio helps local businesses protect themselves http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/449 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:23:07 EST http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/449 <p>Ohio&rsquo;s businesses face a unique threat.&nbsp; There is no typical or routine cyber-attack. Cyber-criminals are highly sophisticated, constantly changing their attack methods.&nbsp; They probe vulnerabilities in computer networks free of detection and often trick employees into providing their log on credentials.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> JobsOhio is pleased to share a free opportunity that you could leverage in your local communities.&nbsp; Everyday businesses around the globe are working to prevent costly cyber-attacks. To help in that effort, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine launched CyberOhio.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CyberOhio is a collection of cybersecurity initiatives aimed at helping Ohio&rsquo;s businesses fight back against cyber-attacks.&nbsp; The goal of CyberOhio is simple: &nbsp;provide the best legal, technical and collaborative cybersecurity environment possible to help Ohio&rsquo;s businesses thrive.</p> <p>If you would like to arrange for a presentation for businesses in your community&nbsp;<a title="CyberOhio Initiative" href="http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Business/CyberOhio/Request-a-CyberOhio-Presentation" target="_blank"><strong>click here</strong></a>.</p> <p>If you have any CyberOhio related questions, please call&nbsp;<strong>800-282-0515</strong>.</p>tags: <a href="http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/CyberOhio/">CyberOhio</a> West Chester's DogBerry Brewing opens new larger taproom http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/448 Fri, 26 May 2017 14:35:45 EST http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/448 <p><a title="Journal News" href="http://www.journal-news.com/business/west-chester-dogberry-brewing-opens-new-larger-taproom/4RTatgSDTbxYIV0V8h6kDP/?ecmp=newspaper_email&amp;user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0OTU3NDI0MDEsImV4cCI6MTQ5NTg1NzU5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teWRheXRvbmRhaWx5bmV3cy5jb20iLCJleHAiOjE0OTU4NTc1OTksImF1dGhlbiI6ImJ5cGFzcyJ9XX0.gIwV1UCkg7z0pju174zxvAS85UVYeoIOrLNgBif5axI&amp;uuid=B2903D8B-5133-4975-9C43-5B3FD1F9CDE0" target="_blank">Journal News</a></p> <p>WEST CHESTER TWP.</p> <p>DogBerry Brewing, a West Chester Twp. business, is set to re-open today a new, larger location.</p> <p>The new taproom, now known as DB2, is at 9964 Crescent Park Drive, four miles away from its original location at 7865 Cincinnati-Dayton Road.</p> <p>The new space is double the size of the original at 4,740 square feet and double the amount of its taps at 20.</p> <p>Co-owners Chris Frede and Tony Meyer, two former Cincinnati Children&rsquo;s Hospital Medical Center research scientists, opened the business in January 2015 after homebrewing for a combined 20 years.</p> <p>They initially ran the operation using volunteer help from family and friends but, within half a year, realized they needed part-time staffing and 10 times the capacity.</p> <p>Moving to the 10-barrel brewhouse and taproom means being able to offer seating for 150 on picnic tables and stools. Those who would rather play and drink rather than sit and drink can do so while playing air hockey or Skee-ball.</p> <p>Frede and Meyer said they recently hired a full-time staffer to take care of sales and distribution.</p> <p>The friends said they hope to brew more than 1,200 barrels in the first year in the new space, an achievement that would reclassify the business from nanobrewery to microbrewery.</p> <p>A grand opening celebration from 4 to 10 p.m. today is scheduled to continue from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href="http://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/DogBerry Brewing/">DogBerry Brewing</a>