Dayton Community

 Dayton Community

The new Music Center at the Heights is just one of the new development projects in Huber Heights.Mike Boyer

With more than $40 million in new development projects coming on line in 2015, it promises to be a big year for the City of Huber Heights.

First, the city of more than 38,000 will see the opening of its $18 million Music Center at the Heights, the 4,500-seat covered concert facility nearing completion along Executive Boulevard overlooking Interstate 70.

Next door, the $22 million GoodSports Village fieldhouse and hotel will also open next year as well as the area’s fourth TJ Chumps, a family sports restaurant, on an adjoining lot.

City officials see the projects triggering further development of the Heights, the $223 million mixed-use development launched in 2011.

“I think development will happen very quickly once we get into next year now that we’ve proven the Music Center can come out of the ground with these first users. There’s a lot of buzz and inquiry about what the next step is,” says Don Jones, assistant city manager.

With construction of the Music Center finishing this fall, city officials anticipate a full season of events next year and have hired Music & Entertainment Management Inc., which also manages the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, to run the facility.

Assistant City Manager Scott Falkowski says the city expects a wide range of musical acts, “whatever can fill a 4,500-seat facility” from up and coming bands to established groups as well as festivals and local bands. An original planning study estimated the open-air center could expect to have between 30 and 40 events a year “but we won’t limit ourselves to that,” he says.

City officials don’t feel the Music Center will compete, as much as complement, the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. “There are a lot of synergies,” says Falkowski. “There are possibilities to piggyback on things to help the region out. It brings more entertainment value to have both facilities around.”

An impact study envisioned a $1 billion impact to the community over time from the Music Center and related development. That’s everything from construction activity to taxes generated.

The Florida-based developers of GoodSports Village, who are planning to develop two-dozen similar hotel-fieldhouse complexes around the country, saw the potential, city officials say.

The five-story, 120-room hotel will cater to business customers during the week, and on the weekends draw those attending a variety of high school, AAU and competitive events at the adjoining 60,000-square-foot fieldhouse.

“It’s a perfect location,” says Falkowski. “And they loved the idea of the Music Center and being on I-70.”

GoodSports expects the fieldhouse to draw events such as basketball, volleyball, mat sports like judo and wrestling, cheer and dance competitions, archery, and strength events.

Huber Heights has also seen a surge in redevelopment and infill development, suggesting business sees the city’s potential. Most of the city’s retail space is occupied and that puts a premium on redeveloping existing sites. Among them: Fifth Third Bank, McDonald’s Restaurants, HH Gregg and Big Lots.