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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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The Huffman Lofts

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We're working on the Huffman Lofts NOW!

The Huffman Lofts are scheduled to be move-in-ready by fall, 2019. Loft availability is limited, so if you want to secure your space, be sure to sign up today. Click here for more info and to secure your space.

Historic Elks Photos

We're on the hunt for historic photos of the buildings in the Fire Blocks District. We found these images of the Elks Building at the WSU Archive. 

Fire Blocks: Downtown Dayton project gets bigger, sneak peek coming

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The new developers of the Fire Blocks District have doubled the number of downtown properties they own and are weeks away from showcasing the kinds of commercial spaces they plan to bring to Dayton.

The Windsor Companies officially has now acquired three additional buildings in the district, adding to a portfolio that already included the bulk of the real estate on the 100 block of East Third Street.

The Columbus-based company’s first project is to build out its own offices, which will occupy nearly 2,000 square feet of renovated space of the ground floor of the 124 E. Third St. building.

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The Windsor Companies