5 recent Kettering business stories are making headlines

“You get to know people,” John Strehle said. “You see them every week, every two weeks. You just see them so often, you get to know them and you make really good friends.”

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A popular Ohio restaurant chain is planning a new location in Kettering

Documents have been filed for a city barbecue at the former Rapid Fired Pizza location at 2001 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering records show. FILE

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Documents have been filed for a city barbecue at the former Rapid Fired Pizza location at 2001 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering records show. FILE

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Plans are in the works for a City Barbeque restaurant in the former Rapid Fired Pizza location at 2001 E. Dorothy Lane.

City of Kettering records show the popular Ohio-based restaurant chain intends to renovate the vacant 3,460-square-foot building next to Delco Park.

An outdoor patio will be added, with the restaurant’s capacity expected to be about 60-70, project officials said.

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Kroger is leasing to transform a long-vacant Kettering restaurant

The Eichelberger Shopping Center land in Kettering that houses the vacant former Friendly’s restaurant has been leased to Kroger with changes expected for the first time in nearly eight years. JEREMY KELLY/STAFF

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The Eichelberger Shopping Center land in Kettering that houses the vacant former Friendly's restaurant has been leased to Kroger with changes expected for the first time in nearly eight years.  JEREMY KELLY/STAFF

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The Eichelberger Shopping Center land in Kettering that houses the vacant former Friendly’s restaurant has been leased to Kroger with changes expected for the first time in nearly eight years. JEREMY KELLY/STAFF

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The portion of the Eichelberger Shopping Center in Kettering where the former Friendly’s restaurant sits vacant has been leased to Kroger, with changes expected for the first time in nearly eight years.

The national retailer, based in Cincinnati, has agreed to lease the site at 500 E. Stroop Road, said attorney Gary Froelich, trustee of the shopping center’s property. The building housed Friendly’s, which closed in late 2014 as part of several restaurant closings for the national chain.

While deferring to Kroger on specific plans, Froelich said he understands Kroger intends to demolish the building and expand the parking lot, something the city said has long been discussed.

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A large Kettering building was destroyed; $22 million in site-planned housing

Plans for new senior housing in Kettering include 51 units over three stories on the former site of the Ohio Bell/AT&T building on Woodman Drive. CONTRIBUTED

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Plans for new senior housing in Kettering include 51 units over three stories on the former site of the Ohio Bell/AT&T building on Woodman Drive.  CONTRIBUTED

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Plans for new senior housing in Kettering include 51 units over three stories on the former site of the Ohio Bell/AT&T building on Woodman Drive. CONTRIBUTED

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Two new apartment buildings in Kettering that are estimated to total more than $22 million for 103 units on the former Ohio Bell/AT&T construction site on Woodman Drive.

The AT&T building was recently demolished at 3233 Woodman Drive, roughly across from Woodman Lanes Bowling Center. The Lofts, a project involving County Corp. and Oberer Companies, will be affordable housing for the general workforce, while The Senior Village, featuring St. Mary Development Corp. and Oberer, will offer affordable housing for those 55 and older, officials said.

Those involved with both projects pointed to a shortage of such housing and a good location.

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Paving begins on a busy road in Beavercreek, Kettering

Final paving of the County Line Road widening project is expected to begin Wednesday and last about 10 days, weather dependent, the city of Kettering said on its website Tuesday. The joint project between Beavercreek and Kettering began in June 2021. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Final paving of the County Line Road widening project is expected to begin Wednesday and last about 10 days, weather dependent, the city of Kettering said on its website Tuesday.  The joint project between Beavercreek and Kettering began in June 2021. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Final paving of the County Line Road widening project is expected to begin Wednesday and last about 10 days, weather dependent, the city of Kettering said on its website Tuesday. The joint project between Beavercreek and Kettering began in June 2021. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Final paving for the county road extension, a project that began more than a year ago, is scheduled to begin Wednesday with traffic expected.

The city of Kettering announced Tuesday on its website that the $2.6 million investment it partnered with Beavercreek to expand access and jobs at the Miami Valley Research Park is reaching its final stages.

The milling and paving work will take about 10 days, depending on the weather, officials said.

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And for an additional sixth story of the day…

Kettering city manager job applicants are up for review; the mayor wants interviews next month

Kettering voted to keep its fireworks ban and is seeking another $850,000 to help south suburban residents with emergency rental funds. FILE

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Kettering voted to keep its fireworks ban and is seeking another $850,000 to help south suburban residents with emergency rental funds.  FILE

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Kettering voted to keep its fireworks ban and is seeking another $850,000 to help south suburban residents with emergency rental funds. FILE

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KETTERING — Candidates for Kettering’s city manager job will be reviewed Monday as the search for Mark Schwieterman’s successor enters a new phase.

Nine candidates had applied as of Thursday for the job Schwieterman, 57, is leaving at the end of December after 16 years, said David Krings, contractor and Midwest regional manager for Slavin Management Consultants.

Krings said he and Robert Slavin, president of the Georgia-based company hired by Kettering to lead the search, will vet applicants’ qualifications.

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