Batavia Twp. sends IRG back to drawing board for old Ford plant site

By Rontina McCann - bio|email

(BATAVIA TWP) FOX 19-- The plan for the University of Cincinnati to expand it's Clermont campus and offer a four-year nursing degree in Clermont county hits a snag.

UC Clermont wants to move into the office space portion of the old Ford plant and use approx. 18 acres. But the developer, IRG, which has yet to officially purchase the plant, wants to make a separate deed and parcel of land for UC and that is not what Batavia Twp. wants to happen.

Trustees said they are concerned if that happens the rest of the plant will not attract business or not develop as quickly.

In the public hearing, Tracey Green, a real estate developer for IRG said since the zoning permits were not passes Friday night, that puts the purchase of the plant in jeopardy. Green said the closing date on the plant is not until the end of this month.

Clermont county put up $2 million in escrow to back the purchase of the plant for IRG.

UC intends to offer classes in fall 2010, so there is no word if this delay will change the University's intention to move into the plant. UC representative at the meeting had no comment on the situation.

The discussion was tabled until March 2 meeting at the Batavia Twp. Civic Center.

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