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The firm that is breathing new life into the Fire Blocks District was in town today for a meet and greet.

Windsor Companies is the new residential and commercial contractor tackling this 10-acre, six building complex and said it would create new jobs as well as new residential and office space.

Previously, this area between Second and Fourth streets and Jefferson and St. Clair streets was under the wing of The Ellway Group, but Windsor took over the reins and said the revival of the Fire Blocks will be done in stages. 

Phase 1 is a $35 million renovation project for the Elks Building, the Huffman Building, and the 124 Building all on East Third St.

The company will transform these properties into commercial space, residential space including loft apartments and unconventional office space.

The apartments and office spaces are expected to be move-in ready in 12 months.

They said they are excited to be a part of the revitalization of downtown because while much is being done to the outskirts, the middle of downtown, where the Fire Blocks district is, still has a ways to go.

"Your average developer would come in and look at this and say 'no way, we're not going to do this, we're going to go build something from the ground up," said Eric VanZwieten, Marketing and PR manager for Windsor Companies. "Whereas we look at these old buildings and take architectural masterpieces from 100 years ago and turn them into super innovative, sexy spaces that people want to work in and people want to live in."

The company is planning to hold an official launch event Aug. 24.

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Check Out Our Plan

Check out our plan for the Fire Blocks District!

Today we unveiled our plans for the Fire Blocks District to a standing-room-only crowd at the Racquet Club downtown. The mixed-use plans were met with enthusiasm from city leaders, business leaders and downtown neighbors alike. Check it out!

New Vision for Massive Downtown Dayton Project

One of the largest downtown Dayton projects in decades has a new developer and a new vision. Columbus-based Windsor Companies, a residential and commercial contractor, has taken the reins of the Fire Blocks District: a 10-acre, six-building complex bounded by Second and Fourth streets and Jefferson and St. Clair streets. 

A successful Fire Blocks project would create jobs, new residential and office space and breathe more life into the renaissance underway in downtown Dayton.

Windsor Companies — which has taken over for previous developer, The Ellway Group — is starting immediately on its vision for the historic redevelopment. 

“Windsor is wicked good at taking historical buildings and turning them into innovative, sexy spaces,” said Eric VanZwieten, head of marketing and PR. 

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 The leadership team at Windsor including Eric VanZwieten, second from the right.

The leadership team at Windsor including Eric VanZwieten, second from the right.

Action in the Fire Blocks District

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A Columbus developer says it has taken over a stalled project to transform the Fire Blocks District and vows to begin work on a $35 million first phase this week, which could help prevent the project from losing millions of dollars worth of tax incentives.

Windsor Companies has agreed to acquire multiple properties in and around the 100 block of East Third Street from the Dayton-based Ellway Group, said Eric VanZwieten with the Windsor Companies.

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No End in Sight for Downtown Dayton Housing Boom

There's no end in sight for the housing boom in Downtown Dayton.
 

The demand for downtown housing continues to increase, and developers are looking for new opportunities to meet the need.

The population downtown has grown by 18 percent in the last 10 years, according to a 2017 study by the Downtown Dayton Partnership. The group launched its Greater Downtown Dayton Plan in 2007, an initiative aimed at promoting economic growth, making downtown Dayton more sustainable, bringing cultural and entertainment amenities to downtown, and developing downtown housing. Since then, about 332 new housing units have come online in the downtown corridor. (...)

 

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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.

The Windsor Companies