City officials see a new supermarket and community center in their future.
By PAUL WHEATLEY
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
CAMPBELL -- Mayor John Dill and city council had some good news for the community during their regular meeting Wednesday.
The city is one step closer to getting its own grocery store and a new community center.
Mayor Dill said he expects to receive a deed shortly for the former Campbell Super Duper, which closed in 1998 after it failed to be sold during three Mahoning County sheriff's auctions. The vacant building is on Robinson Road, between 16th and Oxford streets.
Interest is there: City officials received several requests from potential entrepreneurs to open a grocery store at the site earlier this year, but couldn't move on the requests because the property wasn't theirs.
Dill said the property's auction price started at more than $100,000; but a deal could be worked out if a potential buyer shows a commitment to the city.
"We can make it lucrative for someone to come in there and open that store," he said.
He admitted the building needs some work.
Since the store closed, the mayor estimates the city has gained more than 70 homes.
Community center: In other business at the meeting, officials announced that the city has been awarded $96,193 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help build a community center at Roosevelt Park.
The city will add $37,000 of its own to fund the center.
Building plans show an enclosed pavilion for year-round use with an open addition housing picnic tables.
"It's something that this city needs and has long awaited for," Dill said.
He said ground-breaking is scheduled to begin upon receiving the funds, but he didn't know when that would be. Officials expect the project to be done by early spring of 2002.