The developers behind Fire Blocks District in downtown Dayton have been playing things close to the vest as they build the capital for the $100 million revival.
Greater Downtown is the business hub of the Dayton region. The global, innovation-driven economy and growing migration of talent to urban areas present many opportunities for downtown to strengthen its position as the center for commerce in the Miami Valley. In recent years, Greater Downtown’s economy is growing and diversifying. Health care and education are big contributors poised for future growth. Also expanding downtown are knowledge economy sectors like information, professional, scientific and technical services, and smaller creative services firms. Downtown’s educational assets continue to play an important role in its economic competitiveness. Recent employer investments like the GE EPISCenter, Midmark, and Emerson Climate Technologies were motivated by their proximity to the talent produced at Greater Downtown’s colleges and universities. New world-class facilities and training programs put downtown educational institutions on the cutting edge for advancing areas in unmanned aerial systems and aerospace technologies.
New first floor businesses have been popping up across downtown. The increase in street level occupancy has been substantial – since the launch of the Plan, more than 40,000 square feet of first floor space has been filled downtown. The Activated Spaces Pop-up Project has led the way by launching 16 new downtown businesses, providing support services and sweat equity to entrepreneurs and business owners to help them get their start. Downtown shopping has found its niche: locally owned businesses providing quality products, many of which are made here in the Dayton region.
Entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone in the Greater Downtown. Tech Town continues to incubate and grow technology start-ups in the Miami Valley. More than 45 small businesses receive support across the Tech Town campus. Capitalizing on the success of the Entrepreneurs Center and the Creative Technology Accelerator, the campus recently expanded with a new 50,000 SF office building built in 2011.
Plan goals include:
- Catalyze another $500 million of public and private investment in the Greater Downtown by 2020.
- Retain and grow Greater Downtown’s workforce by 4,500 jobs by 2020.
- Increase the appraised property value in downtown’s core by 25% by 2020.
- Increase the occupied first floor space in downtown’s core by 20% by 2020.
The developers behind Fire Blocks District in downtown Dayton have been playing things close to the vest as they build the capital for the $100 million revival.
Some big names are on the list of anticipated tenants at the Dayton Arcade, from Warped Wing Brewing Co. to Boston Stoker to the University of Dayton.
Prompted by a renewed sense of vigor in the local economy, city of Dayton officials say they’re having a hard time keeping up with the local business community.
Read the latest Greater Downtown Dayton Plan Progress Report: The 2016 Progress at a Glance.
University of Dayton will have a presence in the Dayton Arcade, echoing the ideas of another city its developers have looked to for inspiration.
A new hotel project at Water Street District in downtown Dayton is aiming to get off the ground this spring.
The planners for downtown Dayton’s new $5 million entertainment venue revealed renderings Tuesday of what the new Levitt Pavilion outdoor concert space will look like.
Sinclair Community College is eyeing a multi-year redevelopment of its campus to a greener, more pedestrian-friendly campus.
Greater downtown Dayton is in the midst of a healthy construction boom that promises to bring new jobs, housing, amenities, entertainment and infrastructure upgrades.
After decades of housing companies started in Dayton, the developers of Downtown’s Fire Blocks district hope rehabilitation will prepare for a new generation of businesses.
A half-acre rooftop park could adorn what developers are terming “the base of lifestyle development” in downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks project.
The Wright Brothers Institute and Air Force Research Laboratory are considering an office in downtown Dayton with the intent of anchoring an “innovation district.”
To Winfield Scott Gibson, the six-story-tall Elks Building in downtown Dayton looks not like an underused space, but a crown jewel.
With years of anticipation built up, developers say an ambitious $100 million plan for the Fire Blocks District will transform a big sector of downtown Dayton in 2017.
Investments made or planned for downtown have surpassed the $1 billion mark since 2010, a milestone in the effort to re-energize the center city, and a benchmark that speaks to many projects yet to come.
CareSource will build a new 7-story, 250,000 square foot office building to house 900 employees downtown.
A grassroots effort has been launched to further spark small business and entrepreneur growth in downtown Dayton
The Dayton area is in the midst of a “renaissance” where larger corporations have opened or expanded, millennials are lowering vacancy rates downtown, and small business and manufacturing growth is looking up.
The city government is wasting little time in its designs to revive south downtown Dayton.
An office tower that contributed to downtown Dayton’s rapid development more than a century ago could now play a role in its revival.
Bit by bit, block by block, downtown Dayton is undergoing a re-imagining. Talk to anyone who lives, works or plays there, and you’ll hear a growing sense of excitement. We’re tracking more than 50 projects in downtown that are in … Continued
With new construction reviving parts of downtown and hope the Dayton Arcade could finally be redeveloped, officials are already turning their eye toward how to revive another spot: south downtown Dayton.
A proposal to convert part of the Dayton Arcade into housing has secured a whopping $20 million in tax credits, which officials hope to use to jump-start the large-scale redevelopment of the iconic complex.
Tech Town has found a new role in the development of downtown Dayton’s real estate: as a node for biomedical work.
Dayton officials got a look Tuesday night at the first new hotel in decades which is in the works downtown.
One of the transformative changes in downtown Dayton has been the rise in residential development.
A company that offers soccer programs that seek to build character for young children is moving downtown. The nationally franchised company is the newest participant in the Greater Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Activated Spaces pop-up shop project, which provides entrepreneurs and … Continued
A local brewery is planning a second location at the growing Water Street District, in downtown Dayton.
University of Dayton students will be getting unique hands-on training when Emerson Climate Technologies opens its $35 million Helix Innovation Center on UD’s campus today
Dozens of projects are in the works or under construction in downtown Dayton.
For so many Daytonians, a dream is being realized…a vital, vibrant and vivid city! The amazing turnaround is all most too much to believe, but cities everywhere are taking notice.
Two buildings in downtown Dayton were recommended for approval to the National Register of Historic Places — a designation that makes properties eligible for a 20 percent federal tax credit on renovation projects.
A Louisville bar that specializes in its bourbon selection plans to open a large second location in the Oregon District around spring 2017.
The massive rebuild of I-75 could be completed by Sept. 1 — a year ahead of schedule.
Liberty Tower, one of Downtown’s tallest buildings, is getting a major upgrade. The 114,00 0, 26-story building will get an upgrade to its electrical and HVAC systems. The building, owned by the same family as Liberty Savings Bank, was built … Continued
A major project in the South park neighborhood of Dayton is close to beginning.
More people living and working downtown has stimulated dozens of development proposals with new office space, housing and even new restaurants.
Downtown is on track to get a new hotel, which is a strong sign of confidence the core is growing, experts say.
CareSource has finalized a lease for two floors of the Kettering Tower, where it will move 250 employees in downtown.
Read the latest Greater Downtown Dayton Plan Progress Report: The 2015 Year in Review.
A new development partnership has announced plans to rehabilitate the Dayton Arcade in several phases…
Marriott has awarded a 115-room Fairfield Inn and Suites franchise to the Water Street development…
The program will connect Sinclair Community College student interns with downtown firms The Architectural Group and Helmig Lienesch to accomplish the technical work to prepare a first floor space for a tenant.
Downtown Dayton is enjoying renewed interest as more businesses open and bring more employees downtown. Meanwhile, more millennials and empty-nesters seeking a different lifestyle…
Jeff Ireland believes downtown is making a comeback and that’s part of the reason his firm invested in staying downtown.
Downtown Dayton’s Tech Town is getting a major new tenant.
People are flocking back to downtown Dayton’s urban core.
Key elements of the plan to make downtown Dayton a vibrant and walkable destination are taking shape, with more than $168 million in investment coming to the Central Business District in the next four years.
Tuesday’s annual Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District meeting was an opportunity for downtown’s stakeholders, investors and champions to gather and view the progress that downtown has made, particularly since the beginning of 2015, and to set sights to the future
Chaminade-Julienne plans new upgrades to its downtown Dayton campus.
The city core is showing signs of a new sparkle…
The American Planning Association (APA) today named the strip of East Fifth Street in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District as one of five “Great Streets” in the U.S.
Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts through the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, is launching a new phase of the program called Pop-Up Office with the opening of Mitosis in the Walker Building at 14 W. First St.
PNC Bank’s new regional headquarters, which will open Monday at the Water Street District development along downtown Dayton’s riverfront, offers panoramic views of the city skyline and the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad rivers, including Riverscape MetroPark, Five … Continued
The Dayton Beer Company in downtown Dayton is expanding as it gears up to start canning and bottling its brews for retail sale…
With a swing of ceremonial canoe paddles emblazoned with the RiverScape at River Run logo, more than a dozen local officials kicked off construction of the Great Miami River recreational project.
It is called the pop-up shop project and it’s helping fill vacant storefronts in downtown Dayton and bringing more business to the area.
CareSource is growing in downtown Dayton again.
The pieces are coming together for a multi-million-dollar commercial and residential development…
Work is moving forward on RiverScape River Run, a new regional recreation destination in and economic development driver for downtown Dayton.
Two new businesses are preparing to open in June in downtown Dayton as part of a “Pop-Up Shops” program.
One of the Dayton region’s largest construction firms is consolidating its two local offices downtown.
Dayton’s new bike share painted downtown green as it launched from Courthouse Square. It’s expected the bike share will be an economic driver…
Dayton area residents are invited to celebrate Summer in the City with a new slate of branded downtown events…
Pete Hilgeman is thrilled to see all of the development plans within a few blocks of his Dayton Beer Company beer hall, tap room and production brewery…
Five Rivers MetroParks is ready to seek bids for its $4 million RiverScape River Run project in downtown Dayton, designed to transform the Great Miami River into a recreational destination.
Two investors who are part of a development group said Tuesday they’ve purchased key commercial buildings in downtown Dayton to launch a new entertainment and residential district around East Third Street.
Thousands of students live and attend class near downtown, with a massive economic impact. Dayton-area schools have continued to pour money into their facilities near the core.
Sinclair Community College plans $32 million in major construction projects for its downtown Dayton campus.
The Pop-Up project matches prospective business owners with downtown property owners who have first-floor storefront space available for occupancy for temporary retail, service, and office businesses
Last year in Dayton, the housing market was hot, crime and unemployment declined
Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail, service, and office businesses to open downtown this spring as part of the eighth phase of its Pop-up Project.
The YWCA Dayton is planning an overhaul of its downtown building this year.
Water Street developers have secured the financing to build 215 market-rate apartments, the first of which are expected to open by the end of summer.
Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School plans a new project to renovate one of its most prominent buildings.
Two new businesses opening in the coming weeks will help thrust downtown Dayton into the forefront of the nation’s exploding craft-beer movement.
A new wine and coffee shop will open downtown this summer.
The quickly accelerating beer renaissance underway in downtown Dayton will take another step forward at the end of the month when The Barrel House, a beer bar and craft-beer and wine retail carryout, opens at 417 E. Third St.
Miller-Valentine Group has purchased the Barclay building at 137 N. Main St. in Dayton.
One of Dayton’s top nonprofits is relocating to downtown next year.
2015 will be a year on the move for downtown Dayton. Here are a few highlights of what you can expect in your city as we travel through the new year:
One of downtown’s most successful residential developers has another project in the works for downtown Dayton.
A growing construction firm will invest about $400,000 for its own stand-alone headquarters on the edge of downtown Dayton.
“The Helix” — the $35 million research and innovation center Emerson Climate Technologies is building on University of Dayton’s campus near downtown landed in Dayton over a number of other locations around the globe.
Downtown staffing firm Barry Staff has finished demolishing the blighted building on the east side of downtown where it is building a new headquarters.
Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley is opening a new chapter in the life of the nonprofit.
Downtown Dayton section will be a thriving hot-spot in 10 years
Hundreds of business owners and community leaders packed the Schuster Center Wednesday evening to talk about the progress made downtown in 2014 and in the years since the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan was created.
Unveiled Wednesday during an event at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, the new Greater Downtown Dayton Plan builds on recent progress in the center city and seeks to accelerate growth related to housing, economic development, arts and recreation and transportation … Continued
Read the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan Progress Summary & Updated Recommendations for 2015-2020.
Sinclair Community College trustees approved this week $1 million to support the National UAS Training and Certification Center, a proposed refit of Building 13 into a 28,000-square-foot facility for the school’s unmanned aerial systems and aviation programs.
A new clothing and accessories store called Linwood Men’s Specialty Shoppe will host its grand opening from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 7, 27 S. St. Clair St. in downtown Dayton.
Dayton has had a lot of huge wins in job creation and development in the region in 2014. But to see the smiles on the faces of some of the top regional leaders at Proto Build Bar at 534 E. … Continued
The developer for the Water Street project that’s revamping downtown Dayton’s riverfront just purchased a historical building next to the project.
A downtown Dayton creative firm won the contract for the branding project for Dayton’s new bike share program.
Dayton’s coolest new space is getting ready to launch. Proto BuildBar — part cafe’, part innovation center — will open its doors on Oct. 25.
The owner of one of downtown Dayton’s top high-rise office buildings is taking a new approach to attracting tenants.
CareSource has moved 175 of its employees into a newly-refurbished downtown Dayton office space.
Two new downtown businesses are preparing to host grand openings in conjunction with the First Friday event on October 3 in downtown Dayton.
The Dayton Dragons — who carry the record for the most sellouts in the history of American sports — led Minor League Baseball (Single-A) in attendance, yet again.
A major law firm is looking at a $1.5 million project to combine its two downtown offices into one.
Sinclair Community College unveiled plans for its new $4 million UAS Training and Certification Center downtown.
Warped Wing Brewing Company, which opened in downtown Dayton only seven months ago, is already looking to expand.
A Dayton nonprofit that works to end homelessness is planning a major expansion.
BarryStaff Inc. will build a 13,000-square-foot facility on the edge of downtown Dayton.
A workforce development company in Yellow Springs is moving its office to downtown Dayton.
One of Dayton’s newest salons is planning a major expansion.
The city of Dayton is rated the top business friendly metro city in Ohio, according to a survey of small business owners.
From running an emergency room to singing in nightclubs to pay for college, Dr. Mike Ervin has led a varied career. Now the co-chair of the Downtown Dayton Partnership devotes his life to serving on company and charitable boards in … Continued
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A staffing and recruitment company is moving its office downtown. Management Recruiters of Dayton, a local executive recruitment franchise, will move to the Kuhns building at 15 W. Fourth St. in downtown in August…
Activated Spaces announced the deadline for the next round of pop-up stores in downtown Dayton on Monday.
A deal has been reached for the Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team to be sold to three investors, according to an announcement.
Since moving the Supply One Showroom into the Requarth building two years ago, the company has seen strong growth in its cabinet business, and as the economy has recovered, building materials sales are back on the rise. I spoke with … Continued
The Dayton Beer Company — the father of Dayton’s current microbrewery revival — is finally going to be in Dayton. The company, which opened in a small space in Kettering more than two years ago, just signed a lease for … Continued
Located in the Oregon District until a 2011 move to Oakwood, The Fordham Foundation now is bringing its office back downtown to the historical Kuhns Building at the corner of Main and Fourth streets.
Belle of Dayton, the region’s newest distillery at 122 Van Buren St. at Wayne Avenue in the Oregon Historic District, will host its grand opening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 26…
Developer Miller Valentine has released plans for the redevelopment of the 38-acre Montgomery County fairgrounds.
CareSource plans another spurt of hiring later this year. The downtown-based Medicaid managed care plan company says its number of employees, currently at just over 1,840, will top 2,000 by the end of 2014, as it expands into the former … Continued
Anthony James Painting & Contracting, a family-owned company celebrating 30 years in business, chose downtown Dayton to house its first office location. Visitors and clients can check out the new space in the St. Clair Lofts at 33 S. St. … Continued
A national insurance firm is about to close on the purchase of the Dayton area’s largest property and casualty insurance agency. USI Insurance Services is in the process of buying the Dayton office of Wells Fargo Insurance, which it will … Continued
One of the Oregon District’s fine dining spots is looking to construct an addition. Roost Modern Italian, located at 524 E. Fifth St. in Dayton, is going before the Landmarks Commission Thursday afternoon to submit plans for a new addition, … Continued
Three new downtown Dayton businesses will debut during Urban Nights on May 9, with help from the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Pop-Up Project.
One of downtown Dayton’s largest companies is expanding again. CareSource, a nonprofit Medicaid managed care plan company, announced it will lease the entire former WorkflowOne building at 220 E. Monument Ave. in order to accommodate its growth.
Last fall we reported that the four professional services firms occupying downtown’s historical Ludlow Place had collectively purchased the building at 204 S. Ludlow St. and were investing in maintenance and upgrades to the building in the hopes of attracting … Continued
An organization that provides services for seniors and people with developmental disabilities will begin offering a new service in downtown Dayton.
A 3,000 ft. expansion has received final approval and is officially underway at Oregon District mainstay The Dublin Pub. The newly-expanded space will increase the Pub’s capacity to serve as an event venue and gathering place, and solidify its presence … Continued
The Oregon District building that houses Salar Restaurant and a number of retail businesses has been sold to a Turkish-American investment group, Dayton officials announced Friday.
Downtown’s Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School (505 S. Ludlow St.) recently revealed a $20 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, along with a plan for extensive improvements and renovations slated to be made across the school’s campus. School officials also announced that … Continued
Advertising and marketing firm The C-3 Group recently has relocated their Centerville office to 232 E. Sixth St. in the Oregon District. The move triples the square footage of the company’s previous space, as The C-3 Group now occupies more … Continued
Barr & Prevost, a full service geotechnical, civil and structural engineering firm, has opened a Dayton office at 531 E. Third St. in the Webster Station business district downtown.
PNC Bank has officially confirmed it plans to anchor the new $33.5 million Water Street development project downtown. The bank signed on as the anchor tenant for the 50,000-square-foot office building portion of the riverfront development. PNC will occupy the … Continued
A national consultant group looking to get in on the Midwest’s changing oil and gas industry has set up shop in downtown Dayton.
Saturday marked the opening of the Dayton area’s most ambitious brewery project to date. The Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St. in downtown Dayton, opened its tasting-room doors to the public
The previously vacant space located at 8 N. Main St., next to the PNC Bank building, has come to life again with the opening of Business Furniture. This office furniture company and its 25 employees have renovated — and subsequently … Continued
At a press conference last Friday, Jan. 10, the Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley (BBB) and Women in Business Networking (WiBN) announced the merger of their two organizations, effective Jan. 1, 2014. As a result of the merger, WiBN … Continued
Salon J Ladner, a new hair salon at the St. Clair Lofts in downtown Dayton, will hold its grand opening on Jan. 17, according to owner Joshua Ladner. The salon at 37 S. St. Clair St. specializes in Paul Mitchell … Continued
Officials from University of Dayton, General Electric and local and state government gathered Friday to cut the ribbon on a major new project south of downtown.
The International Downtown Association (IDA) has awarded the DDP a 2013 Downtown Pinnacle Award in the economic and business development category for Activated Spaces’ Pop-Up Project. The DDP supports the project, which is managed by volunteers from the young professional … Continued
The Dayton City Commission approved an amendment to the city’s zoning code that allows the proposed mixed-use Water Street Project to move forward. The project calls for new retail, residential and office space along downtown’s riverfront.
By the end of this year, Warped Wing Brewery Co. will open at 26 Wyandot St., inside the former site of the Buckeye Brass & Iron Foundry, which dates back to 1911. The company will brew and distribute its draught … Continued
One of the Oregon District’s mainstay restaurants is planning an expansion for next year.
Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley’s purchase earlier this week of a former flag shop at 656 S. Main Street paves the way for the agency to launch its $11 million human services center project that neighbors and city officials say … Continued