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Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 10:13 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 10:13 PM
DAYTON — Dayton City Commissioners on Wednesday night approved spending an additional $215,000 to complete the demolition and cleanup of the former Schwind Building property, which was a hurdle preventing the $18 million Student Suites project from moving forward.
The city is upping its contribution to the project to $1,215,000 from the original commitment of $1 million, said Aaron Sorrell, Dayton's director of planning and community development.
The Schwind property demolition needs to be finished by the end of May, and the city is using grant money from the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant Program to complete the work, Sorrell said.
The city will unused demolition funds from other jurisdictions, he said.
"The nice thing is that it's additional grant funds we received, so it's not city general fund money," he said. "Unfortunately, we have to put additional funds into this project."
A U.S. Housing and Urban Development deed restriction on the Schwind property limits the property to low-income housing, and the Students Suites project does not qualify.
The city wants to transfer the deed restriction to another downtown property, but HUD lost its authority to transfer deed restrictions when the federal government shut down last year, he said. He said the Student Suites project was delayed because the developer could not obtain financing for it because of the deed restriction.
The Student Suites developer is splitting the project into two phases, and the first phase will be built at Wilkinson and Fourth streets, and the second phase will occur after the deed restriction is transferred.
The second phase of work will take place along Ludlow Street by the former Dayton Daily News building and it will include the Schwind property, officials said.
The developer can begin the first phase of construction immediately because it no longer includes the Schwind property.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.
Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.
“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”
The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.
She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.
Wilson told them they must also be innovators.
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“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.
“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”
The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.
“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”
Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.
“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.
From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.
“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.
The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.
“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.
“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
— Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Darke, Preble, Montgomery, Wayne, Randolph, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties from 2 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. Conditions are expected to be favorable for impactful snow, sleet or ice that can make travel difficult.
A quick-moving low pressure system will spread moisture back into the Miami Valley Saturday and Saturday night, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A band of snow will be possible that, at times, might mix with rain. The system currently is favoring the southern and western half of the Miami Valley where the watch was issued. This means areas such as Logan, Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer counties could see a sharp cut-off from moisture and possibly very little, if any, snow.
The track and intensity of this system is still in question, and fine-tuning will come together during the end of the work week. Counties under the Winter Storm Watch have the best chance to see sticking snow that will could be more than two inches.
A few factors that could limit impact in the Miami Valley: Warm road temperatures allowing for snow melt, snow falling during the day allowing for a mix with rain, the track shifting and pulling the accumulating snow further south.
A few factors that could increase impact in the Miami Valley: Staying colder than expected, a shift further north could spread more snow across the entire area and the intensity of the system.
Stay with Storm Center 7 for the latest updates to this spring snow storm.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:21 PM
— A clipper-type system will push through southwest Ohio this weekend, but it’s too early to tell the storm’s track.
“Here’s the bottom line: It’s an intense system and someone is going to see a lot of snow, we just don’t know where it’s going yet,” Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. “Right now, it looks like either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed.”
Areas between Dayton and Cincinnati will see a lot of snow, Elwell said.
“But any small deviation in the track will play a huge role in who sees what,” he said.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:13 PM
DAYTON — A Dayton Municipal Court magistrate was appointed Thursday night to fill the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office left vacant with the passing in February of Willis Blackshear Sr.
Brandon McClain will be sworn in on March 28. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has worked in private practice and as an attorney with the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office. He is a veteran, who achieved the rank of sergeant in the Army National Guard and he mentors local youth and serves on several boards, according to a release from the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
“Whether a soldier, attorney or member of the judiciary, I have embraced my calling as a public servant and remained actively involved in the development of our community and its citizens,” McClain said. “I am humbled to serve Montgomery County and be an extension to the legacy of Willis Blackshear Sr.”