October 11, 2017

Downtown Dayton Development Tour

It was a rainy day for the “Downtown Dayton Development Tour” last Thursday. However, our group stayed dry as we sloshed through the streets of Dayton in our trusty RTA bus. Sandy Gudorf, President of the Downtown Dayton Partnership was our tour director and had a lot to talk about. She gave us the latest updates on what is going on in the Water Street District, Riverscape River Run, the new CareSource building, Monument Walk, Centre City Building, City View Townhomes, the Levitt Pavillion, the Oregon District and the new library. However, the best part of the tour is when we got off the bus. That’s when Sandy gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the progress on the new Taylor Communications facility, The Arcade, the Wheelhouse, Lofts and the snazzy Delco lofts.

We discovered that good things are happening all over town. For example, at one stop, Dave Dickerson from Miller-Valentine gave us an update on how the Arcade redevelopment will feature UD’s Entrepreneur Center, apartments for creatives, a culinary incubator, and the fabulous rotunda for us all to enjoy.

Along the way, Sandy told us about how the “Greater Downtown Plan” was developed in 2010 and the progress that has been made since then. As part of the plan, a lot of Dayton’s current and future development activity involves apartments. In fact, there are 765 new units completed or in the pipeline. Urban living has become very popular nationally and has fueled a 96.4% occupancy rate for apartments in Dayton.

Near the end of our journey, we found out that the Oregon District may be getting some new neighbors. Two large trolls are rumored to be arriving soon at Wheelhouse. Be on the lookout. I hear one may be hanging from the smokestack.