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From Left to Right: Charlie Simms, president of Simms Development, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH -2), and Rebecca Benná, executive director of Five Rivers MetroParks.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Ohio Republican Congressman Mike Turner (R-10) was in Dayton Wednesday afternoon  to celebrate revitalization progress in downtown Dayton. Turner was joined by Congressman Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd District. 

Wenstrup is the newest member of  Congressional House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax and economic development policies. 

Gina Chavez and her band will open the Levitt Pavillion Dayton on Thursday August 9.
courtesy of the Levitt Pavillion Dayton

Bilingual Latin folk artist Gina Chavez will give the inaugural performance at the newly constructed Levitt Pavillion Dayton.  Chavez and her band visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions earlier in the day.

Gina Chavez will perform at the Levitt Pavillion Dayton on  Thursday, August 9 at 7p.m. Her new EP, Lightbeam, is available now.

DCDC dancers perform in the heart of downtown Dayton.
courtesy of the Downtown Dayton Partnership

Art in the City combines visual and performing arts, which will be highlighted throughout the downtown Dayton as a culmination of the DP&L Summer in the City series. The Downtown Dayton Partnership's Val Beerbower visited the WYSO studios to preview the event live on Excursions with Niki Dakota, who will emcee the Community Stage. 

Art in the City is Friday, August 3, 5-10p.m. throughout downtow Dayton. Learn more at: http://www.downtowndayton.org/things-to-do/summer-in-the-city/art-in-the-city/

A city program that transformed parking meters into brightly colored charitable donations sites has announced its collection totals from its first year of operation. Real Change Dayton launched last summer to help people struggling with homelessness and cut down on panhandling.

 

Former Dayton City Manager, Tim Riordan (left) and Artist Jon Barlow Hudson
Jerry Kenney

There is a new, and perhaps unusual, monument in downtown Dayton. The massive stone sculpture pays tribute to the legacy of public servants living and dead.

Dayton Arcade Miller-Valentine Group (MVG) and Cross Street Partners (CSP) development economic economy downtown whaley levitt
Miller-Valentine Group website

The Dayton Arcade redevelopment initiative moved another step forward Wednesday with the announcement of $5 million in historic tax credits for the project. State development officials awarded the tax incentives to the Arcade along with a dozen other projects around the state.

Chad Wells made his start in the Dayton tattoo community downtown and now things are coming full circle as Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo prepares for the grand opening of its downtown Dayton shop on Third Street, which will also feature a monthly rotating art gallery.  Chad and Michelle Wells visited the WYSO studios to talk about the opening along with Jennifer Taylor, who curated the first art exhibition, and Gary Mitchell and Chris Corn, two of the artists.

Buildings on the northeastern corner of the junction of Fourth and Jefferson Streets in downtown Dayton, Ohio, United States. This block is part of the Fire Blocks Historic District, a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic
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A Dayton redevelopment project has received $4.5 million in state historic tax credits today.

Developers will use the credits to restore two buildings in Dayton’s Fire Blocks District, near the center of downtown. In another award, Grandview Hospital received $106,000 in allocated credits.

The Elks Building and the David Building will be converted into apartments, shops and restaurants, while Grandview will receive housing updates for employees and students.

Celebrating year three of operation, the Third on Third outdoor eclectic market has returned for another season on East Third Street in downtown Dayton.  This year a partner event, Third Sundays on Front Street, launches pairing art with the market.  Peter Benkendorf and Krysten Smith visited the WYSO studios to chat about both events and the revitalization of East Third Street. 

Third on Third and Third Sundays at Front Street will be Sunday, May 15th, 11am-4pm on East Third Street.

Downtown Dayton may be getting a new hotel for the first time since the 1970s.

Woodard Development is set to construct a Fairfield Inn in the Water Street District. The area already houses residential developments and office space.

Tony Kroeger, Dayton’s City Planner, said the district has seen a lot of new development recently.   

“The fact that somebody’s willing to make an investment like this in Downtown certainly would be a sign of confidence,” said Kroeger.

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