Aldermen planning to add to city's riverfront

Marianne Gillespie

Chillicothe aldermen approved the idea of expanding the city’s riverfront at Monday night’s meeting.

The council gave the green light to authorize an agreement reached between the city and Bob Johnson for his property at 5 W. Pine St., which is contiguous to current city property.

In the agreement, the city will pay $150,000 in Tax Increment Financing funds for the riverfront property.

After economic development committee chairman Chris Boyer made the motion, alderwoman Judy Cantwell said, “I would love to second that.”

The enthusiasm for the project was evident as the mayor and aldermen expressed their happiness in adding property to the city’s riverfront.

“There’s not often times that we have the opportunity to acquire a property that is desired — and this is one of those pieces of property that will enhance the long-term strategy and beautification of the riverfront,” said Boyer.

“I agree with you, Alderman Boyer. It’s just the continuation of taking the natural resource that God gave Chillicothe to have and expand on it. It’ll give us a nice river view plus help us with our marketing and tourism to have people come look at the beautiful river,” said Mayor Troy Childers Sr.

Cantwell added it will be a “legacy for generations to come.”