downtown dayton

Renovating the Neighborhood

The Fire Blocks District right now is one the last large concentrations of mostly inactive space in the northeastern part of downtown Dayton.

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But the district’s new developer says that will change soon and it is “very close” to reaching deals with what would be its first new commercial tenants.

The success of the Fire Blocks depends on creating an “ecosystem” of high-quality live, work, eat and play opportunities, and key pieces of that puzzle are very close to coming into place, said Eric VanZwieten, head of marketing and public relations with Windsor Companies, the developer.

“It’s not going to be just any play or any eat — it’s going to be very good stuff,” he said. “Most people build a building or develop a building — we are doing an entire neighborhood.”

The Fire Blocks District, centered around the 100 block of East Third Street, is finally showing signs of life.

About 40 construction workers are clearing out and renovating multiple buildings in the district to create new apartments and commercial spaces.

Windsor Companies is on track to open about 70 new loft apartments in the empty Huffman Block building come fall of 2019, VanZwieten said.

The company has already started accepting online reservations for the apartments here. Workers of downtown employers CareSource, Taylor Communications and Premier Health get first preference.

Windsor Companies is in negotiations to bring a California coffee roaster, a food and beverage business and an “elevated” restaurant and cocktail concept to the district, VanZwieten said.

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More Good News for Downtown

Two New Tenants to Move into Former PNC Building

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A downtown Dayton building will soon welcome two new tenants.

The former PNC Bank building at 6 N. Main St. will welcome the U.S. Census Bureau along with a local office of the Berry Network/DexYP within the next year. Tracy Rutherford of Crest Commercial Realty represented the building's owner, Canadian real estate firm Olymbec, in the lease transactions.

The deals will bring more workers to downtown Dayton, which already is seeing a flurry of activity including major building renovations, new housing, and its first new hotel in decades.

The terms of the leasing for the deals were not disclosed. Rutherford said the Census Bureau will assume a 7,000-square-foot office in the building, while the Berry Network, a division of DexYP Media (formerly known as Yellow Pages) will move into a space that's just over 19,000 square feet.

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Historic Journal Herald Photos

Our friends at the WSU Archives have done it again! Look at the amazing photos they found of the Journal Herald Building (111 E 4th St, Dayton, OH 45402). The photos feature both the exterior of the building as well as the newsroom.

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