Exclusive: From Austin, OK and NYC, they came to 'narrate' the Fire Blocks revival

Exclusive: From Austin, OK and NYC, they came to 'narrate' the Fire Blocks revival

The hospitality firm creating the restaurants and bars to come to the Fire Blocks district has made its mark across the country. They've picked Dayton for their grand experiment.

Exclusive: The team with the $100M plan for Fire Blocks District

Exclusive: The team with the $100M plan for Fire Blocks District

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.

Exclusive: Downtown's Price Stores building will get a whole new (old) look

Exclusive: Downtown's Price Stores building will get a whole new (old) look

The five-story building at 52 S. Jefferson St. will lose the distinct beige panels that cover it over the next 12 to 18 months as The Ellway Group rehabilitates the building's top floors into a bar and a hotel. The namesake Price Stores shop will stay open on the ground space and part of the second floor, said Ellway principal Greg McCluskey.

Price Stores building in downtown sold to investor

The Dayton Daily News shared an article disclosing the purchase of the Price Stores building in the Fire Blocks District.

The full article by Kara Driscoll @KaraDriscollCox is below.

 Exterior shot of Price Stores, 1972. At the time of the photo, the building's old brick exterior had recently been covered with a modern metal facade. The store is at Fourth and Jefferson streets in downtown Dayton.

Exterior shot of Price Stores, 1972. At the time of the photo, the building's old brick exterior had recently been covered with a modern metal facade. The store is at Fourth and Jefferson streets in downtown Dayton.

The building that holds the Price Stores was sold earlier this week to an investor, but the iconic Dayton store isn’t going anywhere.

The retail structure, located at 52 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton, sold for approximately $550,000, according to county property records. Edd Wimsatt, owner of Price Stores, said it was the right time to sell the building to an investor who is interested in revamping and developing downtown Dayton.

Price Stores, which has been in business for more than 60 years, will now lease the same space within the building. The business sells suits, tuxedos and other clothing accessories for men.

“The building is an important icon to Dayton,” Wimsatt said. “It’s important people know Price Stores isn’t going anywhere.”

EXCLUSIVE: HERE'S THE $100M PLAN FOR THE NEW FIRE BLOCKS DISTRICT IN DAYTON

Last week, the Dayton Business Journal (@dbjnews) presented an exclusive 4 part series introducing the plans for downtown Dayton's Fire Blocks District (@fireblocksdistrict).

Below is the full article by Tristan Navera. (@TNaveraDBJ)

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WHIO Channel 7 News also covered part of the project with a phone interview with Winfield Scott Gibson, the CEO. 

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Dickey Building, 'Commercial Core' for downtown Dayton's Fire Blocks redevelopment

Dickey Building, 'Commercial Core' for downtown Dayton's Fire Blocks redevelopment

Turning 100 years old this year, the Dickey Building at 100-124 E. Third St. is targeted for redevelopment with modern office concepts amid the larger revival of the buildings around it into mixed-use residential space. But the long-time downtown office building is a key part of the puzzle, developers say. 

 

The 72,000-square-foot Dickey building has 56,000 square feet of commercial space on the second through fifth floors, as well as 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 16,000 square feet of basement space. The plan for the building calls for retail, art and culture, and service businesses, with upper floors open to creative service and technology companies with open office, flex-work and co-work spaces.

David Building the ‘Cultural Core' for downtown Dayton's Fire Blocks development

David Building the ‘Cultural Core' for downtown Dayton's Fire Blocks development

…ground-floor space into retail, lifestyle and wellness concepts, with the four upstairs floors converted to 68 urban lofts."Natural light and exposed natural materials will give these lofts a unique feel," Gibson said of the intent to rehabilitate the building… A half-acre rooftop park could adorn what developers are terming "the base of lifestyle development" in downtown Dayton's Fire Blocks project.

Exclusive: Elks Building, the 'crown jewel' of downtown's Fire Blocks redevelopment

Exclusive: Elks Building, the 'crown jewel' of downtown's Fire Blocks redevelopment

Redevelopment of the historic building at 100 E. Third St. is a part of the larger $100 million plan for the Fire Blocks District. 

Currently, plans for the 37,500-square-foot building call for 20 apartments, 7,500 square feet of ground floor retail space, and a 6,000-square-foot penthouse rooftop with green space, as well as an 8,000-square-foot basement.

Exclusive: Here's the $100M plan for the new Fire Blocks district in Dayton

Exclusive: Here's the $100M plan for the new Fire Blocks district in Dayton

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. 

The plan includes redeveloping nearly 400,000 square feet of space across two city blocks downtown, with nearly half of it dedicated to residential and hotel space, 150,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space, and 100,000 square feet of office space, said Gibson, the CEO of the group.

Music venue, crossfit gym and tequila restaurant planned for downtown

The Ellway Group bought a cluster of buildings along the 100 block of E. Third Street with the goal of creating a vibrant entertainment district offering housing and commercial and hospitality space.

Construction to begin on Century Bar's new 'speakeasy' in downtown Dayton

When complete, Kette's will operate in a 2,000-square-foot space behind the Century and be about 600 square feet larger than that bar, Joseph Head, co-owner, told us in December. 

Kette's will focus on mixology; Century Bar specializes in whisky and bourbon.

Investors intend to renew ‘Fire Block’ district in Dayton

Elliot Katz, 45, and Winfield “Scott” Gibson, 38, have purchased commercial buildings in downtown Dayton with an eye on a new entertainment and living district, roughly corresponding to the “Fire Block” district — the area between 2nd and Fourth streets and Jefferson and St. Clair streets — so named because the area suffered a fire in the Great Flood of 1913.

A look inside downtown Dayton's Fire Block District

Major plans are in the works for the Fire Block District, a chunk of downtown born out of the famed Great 1913 Flood that devastated the city.

We took a tour of the district with Winfield "Scott" Gibson and Austin Sprenkel to discuss progress and upcoming plans.