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Dayton "Midtown District" Plan Released

Miller Valentine

Developer Miller Valentine has released plans for the redevelopment of the 38-acre Montgomery County fairgrounds. The current site of the Montgomery County Fair could become a mixed-use development that resembles The Greene in Beavercreek. 

Dayton's new "Midtown District" would be 60% residential and 40% commercial, including at least one hotel, several restaurants and other retailers, and a 35,000-sq.-ft. grocery store.

Vice President of Development Eric Joo says the plan is meant to appeal to young professionals. But businesses interested in locating there want a development with regional appeal. 

"They are looking at this location where they can attract consumers from the north market, east west and south market as well," he says.

Joo says the project will start with retail and office space along Stewart Street, across from the University of Dayton. Most of the residential development on the north end of the fairgrounds, across from Miami Valley Hospital, would come later. 

Joo believes the "Midtown District" could serve as a positive catalyst for surrounding areas along Patterson Blvd and West Apple. "I can easily see how other investors and speculators will begin buying up property around the fairgrounds in order to redevelop it," he says. 

Credit Jerry Kenney
The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, South Main Street location, is slated to move to Brookville.

"It's an area that probably long needed to be developed [but] we want to be respectful to the agricultural society that runs the fairgrounds and the fair," says Dayton City Manager, Tim Riordan. "So, it's not necessarily an easy item to work through."

The South Main Street location has been home to the fairgrounds for more than a hundred years, and just recently it was announced that the Montgomery Agricultural Society was interested in relocating and expanding in more rural Brookville.  Zoning changes have been approved to make way for the move.

Until the fairground's expected move is complete, the 2014 and 2015 fairs will take place on South Main in Dayton.  

Additionally, funding for the proposed "Midtown District," to the tune of $153 million, still needs to be secured. 

Miller Valentine says the soonest the Midtown development would start is fall of 2015. 

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.
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