Big projects changing Middletown’s once-stalled downtown

More than 35 new businesses “have opened up in downtown Middletown” in the past few years, including restaurants, microbreweries and distilleries, in addition to Ohio’s first Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, the Journal-News reports. BMW Motorcycles of Greater Cincinnati is redeveloping the former Middletown Senior Center into “a regional BMW Motorcycles dealership.” The city granted a 12-year, 100 percent real property improvements tax abatement as well as a $50,000 Small Business Economic Development Job Creation Grant for the project, which includes “an investment of $1.273 million in construction and upgrades” and will create 12 new full-time jobs. For more, read the full article.

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