"A spectacular 340-store shopping mall and entertainment center," employing 13,000 people, is how the Cincinnati Post explained October 1999 plans for more than 360 acres southeast of the intersection of I-75 and Ohio 63 in Warren County. Its unofficial name at that time was the Monroe Mega-Mall because most of the development would be just east of the Butler County line in Monroe. It was to be completed by 2006 by the Taubman Co. of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The mega-mall never materialized.
Early in 2004, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma announced intentions to build a casino in Ohio and inspected several locations, including some in the Middletown area. In October 2004 tribe representatives said a $750,000 gaming and entertainment complex on about 600 acres southeast of I-75 and Ohio 63 in Monroe. The tribe, based in Missouri, said it had obtained an option on the land from its owners, Corridor 75 Park, which held 798 acres (108 acres in Butler County, 690 in Warren County) for its Monroe Casino, also called the Shawnee Casino.
Although the plan faced many legal hurdles, the city and the tribe reached an intergovernmental agreement that included revenue sharing. plan. Early in 2005, opponents filed referendum petitions challenging the agreement and placing it on the November 2005 ballot. Monroe voters approved the agreement, but a year later, in November 2006, voters statewide rejected an Ohio constitutional amendment that would have liberalized gambling regulations.
In December 2006 the Chelsea Property Group sought permits from Monroe to build Cincinnati Premium Outlets on the site. It was described as an outlet center with more than 100 stores on 100 acres. As proposed, phase one would be a 480,000 square foot partly enclosed mall and phase two another 120,000 square foot layout. Approvals were pending at the start of 2007.
In 1969 the area was called the Miami Valley Industrial Park when it was reported that a 666-acre site had been acquired by the Chrysler Corp. for a major manufacturing plant. The land became known as the Chrysler site, although the auto company never confirmed ownership. Later, Chrysler said acquiring or obtaining an option on the land was taken "to be in a position to take advantage of the increased automotive markets we anticipate in the coming decade." In September 1975, Chrysler announced that the property was for sale.