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Union Centre

Union Centre is that part of West Chester Twp. around the intersection of I-75 and Union Centre Boulevard, including an eastern and northeastern extension of Muhlhauser Road. Ground was broken Oct. 24, 1996, for the interstate interchange. Opening ceremonies were Nov. 25, 1997. Completion of the intersection and nearby roads transformed farm land, some of it landlocked, into tax-producing commercial, industrial and office developments. The interchange of Union Centre Boulevard and I-75 was only the third built in Butler County. The other two -- at Tylersville and Cincinnati-Dayton roads -- also are in the township.

Union Centre Boulevard was the county's first new access to the interstate highway system since I-75 opened through the county July 31, 1960. The $35.5 million interchange offered access to 3,000 acres of available land zoned for industrial and commercial use. Each dollar spent on construction was expected to generate $7.40 in investment. Union Township officials projected creation of about 21,000 new jobs in the development area.

Union Centre Boulevard was a new road built from Cincinnati-Dayton Road on the east, then west and northwest to Ohio 747 and a connection with Symmes Road.

Muhlhauser Road, which formerly ended east of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, was improved and extended to and beyond Union Centre Boulevard. The upgraded Muhlhauser Road opened Dec. 23, 1998.

The new and improved roads were projects of the Butler County Transportation Improvement District, including the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield; three townships, West Chester, Fairfield and Liberty; and the Butler County commission. The area has realized rapid development, including a variety of industry, business, transportation, retailing, restaurants, entertainment and services. "Union Centre Boulevard has driven diversification of West Chester's economy, once dominated by agriculture, manufacturing and distributing," the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Sept. 6, 2002. "West Chester businesses now employ about 40,000 people and generate millions in revenue. The stature and growth of the business sector here dramatically increased with the completion of a third interchange off Interstate 75 in December 1997." The Enquirer said "the Union Centre Boulevard interchange was the first new interchange in Southwestern Ohio in more than 20 years and has been the catalyst for business growth. Two miles north of Interstate 275 -- Cincinnati's outer beltway -- the interchange provided immediate interstate access for 3,000 acres of undeveloped land. About 2,000 acres still are undeveloped, according to Mark Schumacher of Schumacher Dugan Construction Inc, a primary Union Centre developer." The newspaper said "the Union Centre area includes two of the top 20 office developers in the country, Duke Realty and Higgins Development, and five of the top 20 industrial developers." (See West Chester Twp.)

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