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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.

We'll See You Tomorrow

We'll see you tomorrow!

We've been busy all day cleaning up around the offices: sweeping floors and polishing glass. We are so excited to welcome you to our Fire Blocks home! In an effort to make sure you have the best experience possible, we wanted to make sure you knew about the FREE PARKING in our two district lots. Guests are invited to park for FREE in our lots behind the 124 Building and Huffman Lofts. In addition to those parking lots, metered parking is free after 6pm. 

Please reference the attached map so that you are sure to park in one of our lots and not an adjacent lot.

Mark Your Calendars!

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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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The Windsor Companies