Downtown Dayton

Dayton Metro Library Executive Director Tim Kambitsch is excited about the new library facilities
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The Dayton Metro Library system begins construction this spring on the first part of a major reorganization. The library board meets Wednesday to finalize the contract for the first of those projects, the E.C. Doren branch in Old North Dayton, and by 2017, neighborhoods all over Dayton will see smaller, older branches close or get renovated—and some big new libraries open up.

PNC building sketch
Crawford Hoying and Woodard Real Estate

The Dayton headquarters of PNC Bank will be moving in to the new development known as Water Street, becoming an anchor tenant for the riverfront office building.

Water Street is meant to take advantage of the views of the river, mostly by putting in 150 luxury apartments, but the $33.5 million project also includes a four-story, 50,000-square-foot office space and a parking structure. PNC plans to take on the two upper stories of the building, and sell its current building at 6 N. Main St.

Downtown Dayton’s Tech Town has a new tenant as of this week: 100 employees from the IT department at the Dayton Children’s Hospital are beginning to move into a third of Building III while the hospital does a major new construction project.

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The Water Street development on Dayton’s river front is moving forward ahead of schedule following the Dayton City Commission's approval of the plan development last week.

Water Street as planned would be huge: 50,000 square feet of office space, hundreds of parking spaces and 161 residential units in the first stage of the project, which would be located right next to RiverScape MetroPark near the fork of the Great Miami and the Mad Rivers. The mixed-use project aims to compete with suburban developers.

Dayton Arcade Interior, 2013
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Friday is the deadline for the owners of the Arcade in downtown Dayton to pay their property taxes or risk the county selling that debt to a third party—a tax lien sale.

The bright and ornate Arcade building has been languishing in the center of Dayton for more than two decades now. It’s been through foreclosures, tax lien sales, and a series of dispelled rumors about what redevelopment might look like.

The owners, who live in Wisconsin, owe Montgomery County nearly $326,000 in taxes. Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice says they haven’t made a payment since June.

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The proposed Water Street development in downtown Dayton is one step closer to reality. The Dayton Plan Commission gave approval to the Water Street Project.  The private redevelopment effort would span almost the whole stretch of riverfront from Riverscape Park to Tech Town. Support for the $36 million effort was overwhelming at Tuesday night’s meeting.

"The developer has money, has experience, knows what he’s doing, he’s not coming saying give me money, I’ll build it, he’s bringing money from Columbus to here," says Sandy Mendelson, a downtown businessman.

Today in downtown Dayton, several internationally important events centered around peace will be celebrated.  Today is the fifth anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, and it's also the one hundredth anniversary of the Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands.

The Netherlands' Peace Palace houses the International Court of Justice, which serves as the judicial body of the United Nations.  It officially opened August 28, 1913 and that milestone will play a part in today's celebrations surrounding the King anniversary.

This year's Dayton African American Cultural Festival is themed "A Family Affair: Culture Matters," and a wide variety of music and talent will be on display this weekend. Two of the festival organizers joined Niki Dakota in studio to talk about this year's festival and it's intergenerational approach to community.

The Dayton African American Cultural Festival is August 24th and 25th in downtown Dayton.

Plans are moving ahead on a new 100,000 square foot Community Services Campus for Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. Construction will begin in late August for the new campus on 7 acres off South Main Street in Dayton.  Steve Goubeaux with Good Will says the campus will dramatically increase the agency’s ability to serve more people with disabilities.

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Juliet Fromholt

The City of Dayton announced it will begin a new development project downtown. The commission approved a $36 million pre-development agreement for what’s called the Water Street Project that will enhance riverfront property in the city.

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