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.
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.