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I was digging around the City's website trying to find some more detail about the possible Charlie Simms development coming to the westside (ugh, but yay!), and I came across this new master plan document for redeveloping the west side. It looks incredibly ambitious and I doubt I'll see much (if any) of it come to fruition during my time living here, but it's good to see the city championing a side of town that hasn't seen any major investment in decades.

 

https://www.daytonohio.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6763/West-Dayton-Neighborhoods-Vision-document

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Dayton VA working on multiple construction projects

 

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A flurry of projects is underway at the Dayton VA Medical Center, including the construction of two new buildings for the National VA History Center. 

 

The History Center has a projected opening of 2022, with construction occurring in three phases, said Phil Kirk, chief of engineering. The headquarters building will begin phase two in a matter of months, where building utilities such as heating and air-conditioning will be installed. The clubhouse is preparing to begin phase one of construction, where the structure of the building will be finalized. 

 

The National VA History and Heritage Center will create 440 jobs once completed in phases over the next five years. The center in part will store historical archives for the VA system, including art, artifacts, records and photographs.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/05/20/dayton-va-working-on-multiple-construction.html

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Wright Dunbar neighborhood businesses expand, set to add 250 jobs

 

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A west Dayton neighborhood is making strides toward revitalization, with longtime businesses expanding and new businesses eyeing the area.

 

The Wright Dunbar neighborhood, located on the western corridor of downtown Dayton on West Third Street, is home to 23 businesses. From nonprofits such as the National Aviation Heritage Association and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, to small businesses such as the Texas Beef and Cattle Company restaurant and the Urban Chic hair salon, a wide variety of businesses call this area home.

 

In addition to these modern-day businesses, the Wright brothers and African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar once walked these streets. The neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places and also is home to Dayton Region's Walk of Fame.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/05/28/wrightdunbar-neighborhood-businesses-expand-set-to.html

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Former Wright Co. factories to serve as 'catalyst' for big developments

 

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A number of historical properties on Dayton's west side will be getting new chances at life, thanks to the city of Dayton and other community partners.

 

Back in October, the city of Dayton purchased 54 acres at 2701 Home Ave. for $1 million. Within this acreage, which spans to the corner of Cowart Avenue and West Third Street, stands six buildings, two of which are historic factories the Wright brothers built. The factories were home to the Wright brother's airplane company operations and date back to 1910 and 1911.

 

Three factories, all connected to each other, also are on the property. Although the facilities weren't directly connected to the Wright brothers, they still have historic elements, said Kendell Thompson, superintendent of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. In addition, a building known as "Building 17" also sits in this area.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/05/29/former-wright-co-factories-to-serve-as-catalyst.html


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City to use $10.5M settlement toward west Dayton redevelopment

 

The Dayton City Commission is scheduled to vote at its June 12 meeting on acceptance of a settlement agreement with Waste Management of Ohio and Stony Hollow Landfill in the amount of $10.5 million. 

 

Last year, the city filed a motion to reconsider the 1992 consent decree on the basis of non-payment of the county-generated fees. As a result, Waste Management has agreed to make two payments of $5.25 million to the city of Dayton.

 

“A vision for redevelopment and revitalization of the Greater West Dayton area is already in place, and significant resources have already been dedicated to that purpose,” said Dayton City Commissioner Chris Shaw. “This settlement is a big step forward in bringing new vitality to areas impacted by the landfill and other west Dayton neighborhoods.”

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/06/11/city-to-use-10-5m-settlement-toward-west-dayton.html

 

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So, we're going to use money from the dump to fix up a different dump (DeSoto Bass)? Sounds like a win to me.

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Former Wright Co. factory becomes Dayton's newest national park

 

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A number of buildings on Dayton's west side have been officially recognized as nationally significant structures.

 

The Wright Company factory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places Sept. 9. This effort was led by local and national advocates, including aviation leaders Patty Wagstaff, Erik Lindbergh and David McCullough. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Dayton) also contributed to this initiative.

 

Wilbur and Orville Wright built their first experimental airplanes in the back of their bicycle shop at 1127 W. Third St. Later, the duo formed the Wright Company in 1909, which produced about 120 airplanes in 13 different models. Industrial aviation also was introduced into the company.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/09/17/former-wright-co-factory-becomes-daytons-newest.html


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Affordable senior housing project breaks ground

 

A new affordable senior housing project is officially in the works.

 

St. Mary Development Corporation broke ground on its new housing facility Oct. 3 following its closing Sept. 27. McBride Place, a $10.6 million senior housing community on the Dayton VA Medical Center campus, will house 64 units and will have a preference toward veteran residents and will house 64 units.

 

The housing community will feature a majority of single bedroom apartments, along with five two-bedroom apartments. All units will have the ability to be converted to meet handicap accessibilities and each floor will have washers and dryers for residents' usage, among other amenities.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/10/03/affordable-senior-housing-project-breaks-ground.html


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Historic Dayton grounds to see funding extended

 

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Dayton’s National Aviation Heritage Area looks to have a bright future. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced legislation to extend and reauthorize funding for the area to 2022. It spans eight counties throughout western Ohio, with a large presence in Dayton, the home of the Wright Brothers. 

 

There are a variety of cultural sites within the NAHA, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park, Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and Grimes Flying Field, as well as resources related to the Wright Brothers.

 

“The pioneering spirit of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright Brothers is reflected today in Dayton’s National Aviation Heritage Area,” Brown said.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/12/03/historic-dayton-grounds-to-see-funding-extended.html

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Local nonprofit proposes 'food hub' in west Dayton

 

The nonprofit says the Food Hub would provide a catalyst to improve the west Dayton community, while encouraging food aggregation, increased workforce development efforts and improved distribution of locally sourced products.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/12/23/local-nonprofit-proposes-food-hub-in-west-dayton.html

 

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Central State University seeks funding to renovate Dayton campus

 

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After announcing a myriad of projects in 2019, one of the region's largest universities hopes to soon make headway on an ambitious renovation of its Dayton campus.

 

Central State University plans to renovate the former Reynolds and Reynolds building at 840 Germantown Street in downtown Dayton.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2020/01/07/central-state-university-seeks-funding-to-renovate.html


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^Awesome news if they get the funding! It's great to see a college want to grow its presence in West Dayton, hopefully WSU and others will follow... would be really nice to see Miami's Urban Leadership Institute shift up here from OTR since OTR is basically gentrified now.

 

Also makes me wonder if CSU or other colleges would have an interest in taking over some or all of the under-utilized Taylor Communications space on Albany Street or the former Seminary further north.

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University seeks funding for ambitious west Dayton renovation project

 

The project could be crucial to those who rely on the institute's services in west Dayton — a region that has long been subject to health disparities.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2020/01/16/university-seeks-funding-for-ambitious-west-dayton.html

 

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Wright Dunbar neighborhood gains new housing development 

 

A historic building located on Dayton's west side will become a hotspot for people to work, play and relax.

 

The Allaman building in the Wright Dunbar neighborhood will be redeveloped into a mixed-use building.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2020/05/22/allaman-b.html

 

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Historic, century-old building in west Dayton poised for revitalization

 

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A historic building in Dayton's Wright-Dunbar neighborhood has been sold, and the building's new owner has ambitious plans to restore the space.

 

"Our sincere hope is that the establishment will be as cool as it sounds."

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2020/05/26/historic-century-old-building-in-west-dayton.html

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Revitalization project set for west Dayton property

 

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Thanks to local developers, an almost 100-year-old west Dayton building will be getting a second chance at life.

 

The West Side Chevy building, located at 300 W. Third St. in Dayton, is set to be redeveloped.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2020/05/27/west-dayton-building.html

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