By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MONROE - This small but growing city wasn't able to lure away the Middletown Regional Hospital, but it still might expand with prime real estate fronting Interstate 75 - from neighboring Turtlecreek Township.
Monroe city leaders Tuesday launched the annexation and Turtlecreek officials said they have some concerns, but no immediate objections if the township will gain some of the tax revenues from business development.
City Council unanimously passed three related resolutions to annex the 140 acres that are part of the Berns Nursery property. The land, which includes both sides of I-75 near the Greentree Road overpass, would give Monroe additional highway frontage for corporate and light industrial development.
Even without the hospital, the land and its development are still important for Monroe, said Jay Stewart, the city's director of development.
"This parcel is a long-term development opportunity," said Stewart, adding that it would become even more valuable if plans for an interchange at Greentree Road and I-75 - currently shelved by state transportation officials - become viable.
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