Rumors and unconfirmed claims can spread quickly. In an effort to keep our citizens informed and to explain any misinformation, the City of Fairborn has created this Rumors & Trending Topics page.The page will provide the City with an opportunity to clarify any rumors that may be circulating in the community. Please check back often as new facts and updates will be added on a regular basis.
Tearing Down Buildings April 12, 2017
Question: Why does the City purchase commercial buildings to tear them down without having the property already repurposed?
Answer: The private sector does not tend to purchase, demolish, and make shovel-ready sites for their own new construction. To spur development, the City has taken the initiative to purchase blighted structures and demolish them in order to have land ready for development. New business developers are seeking out these shovel-ready sites, particularly in an urban setting. It is a goal of the City to bring in active businesses that will provide jobs for Fairborn residents.
Old K-Mart Property
March 29, 2017
Rumor: "The old K-Mart has been condemned and will be demolished because there is a plan for more low income housing to go in its place."
Fact: This is untrue. The former K-Mart and Kroger shopping center has not an active permanent tenant for nine months. Chapter 1158 of the Fairborn Zoning Code states that if a commercial property has been vacant of any tenant for more than six months and that property turns into a blighting, negative effect in the community; the City can deem the property a nuisance and require the property owner to put the building back into operation with a tenant, or submit their own demolition plan to remove the blighting property from the City. This action has nothing to do with how the property might be redeveloped.
The City has had no discussions for any redevelopment of this site commercial or residential. No applications have been received for a modification to the approved zoning for the property, which would be required for any reuse of the property. There is no truth to any rumor about low-to-moderate income apartments being built at that site.