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Project Details
Quality of Life
Benham’s Grove Facility Improvements
Funds would be used to renovate existing buildings and facilities and for a new event center at Benham’s Grove in Centerville. Proposed project includes barn improvements, parking expansion, structural gazebo repairs, landscaping, improving ADA accessibility, renovations to the historic Gerber House and cottage, and a new event center. These improvements will allow for expanded event offerings, such as larger weddings, and will promote community gatherings.
Organization Details
City of Centerville
100 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, Ohio. 45458
Montgomery
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Government
Organization Contact Details
Taylor Schindler
Staff Engineer
City of Centerville
937-428-4727
100 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, Ohio. 45458
Montgomery
Wayne Davis, City Manager
City of Centerville
937-428-4730
wdavis@centervilleohio.gov
Location Details
Centerville
Montgomery
Ohio 10th
Financial Details
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The City received $200,000 in funding from the 2021/2022 PDAC process.
The City included over $1 million to support capital investment for Phase 1 of improvements at Benham’s Grove in the 2023 to 2027 budget. The City anticipates additional local funds will be generated by proceeds from new/expanded operations at Benham's Grove. The City will also pursue local grants and sponsorships.
Construction or Capital
Yes
The City of Centerville allocated capital improvement funds to support the Benham's Grove project in its 2022-2027 budget.
Yes
Within the next 6 months
None.
Community Details
Benham’s Grove is a 19th century farmhouse complex nestled in the heart of Uptown in Centerville. The City acquired the property at 166 North Main Street in 1991 and completed an expansive renovation of its facilities. While Benham’s Grove has become a popular site for weddings, showers, graduation parties and business meetings, its features have seen little investment or improvement over the past 30 years.
In 2022, the City worked with LWC Inc. for master planning services for Benham’s Grove. There has been interest in constructing a new event center with the ability to host events of up to 200 people. Initial renderings include a glass, wood, and limestone façade, which enhance the natural beauty of Benham’s Grove while paying homage to Centerville’s historic stone buildings. The space will serve as an ideal venue for weddings, graduations, and other events, while providing space for educational program about the community’s history. This building would also be able to host events year-round, allowing for much more use of the property than is currently available.
Renovating the Gerber House is also a priority in this project, since the house is the main focal point of the Benham’s Grove campus. Proposed improvements in the Gerber House include new flooring, kitchen and bathroom remodels, and overall enhancements of which the building has not seen in a long time.
Other focal points of improvements include, but are not limited to: ADA accessibility, gazebo repairs, landscaping improvements, and parking improvements and expansion. Building improvements will be both structural and aesthetic but will maintain the historic charm of the property. All improvements will serve the public as a community amenity when the facilities are not in use for events.
Upon completion of the Master Plan in the end of 2022, the City plans to proceed with design and construction of the proposed improvements.
Yes. 2021/2022 PDAC application was awarded $200,000 through ODNR. Project Description was "Benham’s Grove Improvements, Phase 1". Congressional sponsor: Tom Young
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Additional Details
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Taylor Schindler
9374284727
tschindler@centervilleohio.gov
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