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