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The Dayton Arcade: A Symbol Of Revitalization And Recovery

Dayton Arcade Interior, 2013
Tom Gilliam
The Arcade was a widely-celebrated achievement after its completion in the first decade of the 20th century; the structure is highlighted by a 90-foot diameter glass rotunda that many consider the most spectacular piece of architectural history in the Dayton region.

The managers of the Dayton Arcade are saying about a third of the available retail space in the iconic building has now been rented. The building is still on track to open in early 2021.

937 Payroll is just the latest business to lease space in the in the historic Dayton Arcade.

Vince Lewis is director of the University of Dayton’s L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. UD is one of the overseers of the Arcade project.

“It really is to me, a signal to the community in the city, and the region that this is really a vibrant and growing community, despite last nine months and dealing with the pandemic and all the challenges," he says. "This is really, really a bright spot.”

In addition to the businesses renting the space, there will also be student programs moving to the Arcade from UD and from Sinclair Community College.