Prairie Township trustees engaged in preliminary discussions Wednesday night on what they might do with 1.19 acres of land the township has just acquired.

Prairie Township trustees engaged in preliminary discussions Wednesday night on what they might do with 1.19 acres of land the township has just acquired.

At their regular meeting March 25, trustees approved the transfer of 1.19 acres of land from the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) to the township. The resolution of the trustees allows the township complete ownership of the land located at Mix and Stiles.

Last year, the township worked with Franklin County to accomplish demolition of abandoned apartments on three separate parcels at the site.

Township administrator Tracy Hatmaker said since the demolition, ownership reverted to the CIC, which he said doesn't want the responsibility of the land. The CIC requested the township to take ownership at no charge.

Trustee Steve Kennedy said there are a lot of positives when it comes to the land transfer.

"This gives us some discretion on what we want on this property," he said.

Kennedy said the CIC may have been concerned about mowing and other maintenance issues of the property.

"I think we can give better service," he said. "This makes sense."

Hatmaker suggested that the board consider some type of redevelopment plan for the site. With improvements currently being made to Grener Avenue, which would allow for better access to the property, a plan would be a proactive way to assure it is developed the way the township wants it.

"The area has a lot of opportunities and this is a way to take back the land," trustee Nicole Schlosser said. "Getting rid of those apartments was the first opportunity."

In a better economy, Schlosser said, she envisioned the land developed into a new home for the township offices and possibly a new senior center. In the current economic climate, however, those thoughts are just a dream, she said.

"I would like to sell to a private investor," she said. "I would like to see more places built for family recreation. Right now there are not a lot of options. People either have to travel to Hilliard or Grove City."

Kennedy said he would like to see some kind of industrial center built there, and trustee Doug Stormont agreed that he would like to see a business built that would benefit the township.

Hatmaker said the township would be responsible for fees associated with the transfer and filing of the property. Those fees are expected to be under $1,000, he said.

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