The Fire Blocks District hosted the DABR CIC happy hour last night to rave reviews. Crafted & Cured provided libations and charcuterie followed by a bourbon tasting in the historic basement speakeasy. Guests had a private tour of selected spaces in the 124 Building as well as the Elks and Huffman Lofts buildings.
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.
We're working on the Huffman Lofts NOW!
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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.
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.
We're making progress in the 124 Building.
Rise and grind!
Happy Monday, Dayton! The crews are moving and shaking in the 124 Building today.
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!
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.