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Published on Jan 19, 2015
UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- A long construction project on State Route 32 in Union Township, Clermont County, starts to have a positive impact on businesses in the area.
Don't look now, but the Eastgate retail area in union township is slowly but surely turning from ghost town to boom town. "It really demonstrates how desirable of a place Union Township really is."
Much of that can be attributed to the addition of Jungle Jim's. Open for just two years, it's proving to be the anchor that township officials as well as other local business owners hoped it would be. "Oh, I think it's been a phenomenal success story. All you have to do is drive by the parking lot."
"It's kind of like, finally ... finally." Lyndsey Blair opened her gym two years ago in the desolate strip mall directly across from the jungle. She banked on a surge, and it's starting to pay off. "We've seen such a traffic influx, and it's been all positive things. We also drove in a new landlord to us, who's planning a facelift on this shopping center which has been a long time coming. We've been here two years. We've been waiting two years for this facelift and it's finally coming and it's very exciting."
In the past month, Gordman's department store announced it will be moving into a large vacant space in the same strip. Several other retailers have also made plans to move in.
Perhaps the biggest news of the new year is the decision to merge Glen Este and Amelia high schools by 2016. "It's indicative of the continued interest in the community as a destination for retail, residential, commercial, job growth, all of those facets."
The expansion is undeniable and with construction on a new highway configuration involving I-275 and State Route 32 set to be wrapped up by next year, things look like they'll only keep growing in Union Township.
"If we've done this well so far, imagine how we can do moving forward. And we've already gotten a feel for it, and it hasn't even really started yet." The Danbarry movie theater connected to Jungle Jim's quietly closed two weeks ago.
An announcement about the new tenant moving into that space is expected before the end of the month.
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