From DDN: Goodwill site could bring new jobs

Published: Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 10:21 AM
Updated: Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 10:21 AM

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley plans to build a $10 million headquarters on Main Street just south of U.S. 35, a move that city officials say will boost the southern gateway to downtown.

The 125 employees who work at Goodwill’s Kuntz Road headquarters, off Stanley Avenue, will move to the new building, and Goodwill officials anticipate creating 50 more jobs in five years at the new site.

The area of Patterson, Main and Warren streets just south of U.S. 35 has seen several positive moves in the past few years. The area is within the zone for the Greater Downtown Plan.

The plan to revitalize downtown, create 8,000 jobs and 2,500 housing units by 2020.

The site between the Central Business District and Miami Valley Hospital is the latest development planned to improve the Main and Warren street corridor.

• One block west of the Goodwill site is the redesigned youth shelter that Daybreak moved into in 2008.

• One block east is the historic Marvin Gardens apartment complex that St. Mary Development Corp. took out of foreclosure and renovated thanks to $1.85 million in federal and nonprofit agency grants. Twenty of those 25 low-income units are already rented.

• On the southern edge of that area, Miami Valley Hospital continues to expand, and the corridor also has restaurant development to join Benham’s and The Brunch Club.

When MVH bought his former bar site on Brown Street, Jimmie Brandell renovated a 120-year-old firehouse about a block north and last month opened a bigger restaurant and bar called Jimmie’s Ladder 11. And Coco’s Bistro on Wayne Avenue is renovating a vacant building at 250 Warren St., targeting a 2012 opening.

“What Goodwill is doing there will really be transformative to that section,” said Dr. Mike Ervin, co-chair of the Greater Downtown Plan. “It’s just one more step in this bigger plan to transform the center of the region. All of these little things add up.”

Goodwill could move in by 2013

Goodwill hopes to start demolition of the building at 652 S. Main St. next summer and then construct a 80,000 square-foot community service center that it could occupy in 2013 or 2014.

Dayton Assistant City Manager Shelley Dickstein called Goodwill a great organization and a long-term anchor for the area.

“We’re really excited about the revitalization of that whole Warren corridor,” Dickstein said. “There’s a great deal of activity. The Warren corridor is a really important gateway into downtown, and Goodwill’s redevelopment gets rid of some of the remaining blight.”

Goodwill plans to move its vision services, job coaches and training programs, adult day services, mental health programs and other support functions to the new center. The group hopes to add computer labs for job seekers and a wellness center for people with disabilities.

“The site is accessible for the people we serve — it’s on the bus line, in the center of the community,” said Lance Detrick, vice president of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley.

Detrick and city officials said having Goodwill downtown was important.

“We want to support the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan as it’s important for the success of our entire region,” Detrick said. “And we can contribute to the renovation and rebirth of the neighborhood.”

Public, private funds in project

Goodwill will knock down the former Printing Services Company building, which has been vacant for nine years. Goodwill officials say the project will be a mix of public and private funds, including a $2.19 million Clean Ohio grant from the state.

But there are still several vacant buildings in the neighborhood, such as the former Freedom Electric complex on South Main.

One huge vacant lot along Warren Street could see progress in the next year. CityWide Development plans to issue a request for proposals in the coming weeks on nine acres including the former Cliburn Manor housing site.

Cliburn Manor was demolished in 2008 and cleaned up. Dickstein said there are few clean, developable sites of that size so close to downtown.

CityWide Senior Vice President Steve Nutt said his group talked to South Park and Fairgrounds residents on their ideas for the property, and said the resurgence of the South Park neighborhood could help the project. In turn, a new development could create a better gateway to South Park off Warren Street. But Nutt said progress will depend on developers’ vision for the site.

If new business arrives at Cliburn Manor, it will join anchors such as Gorby’s Transmission across the street, which has been in business there for 57 years.

Bill Holdren, the owner of Gorby’s, is optimistic.

“There’s definitely been major improvement here over the years,” Holdren said. “Miami Valley and the University of Dayton have had big influence, and the South Park neighborhood does a good job. I’ve seen the forecast for the area, and I’m sure they’ll accomplish it. I see nothing but good.”

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Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Crash victim lived to fly, friend says

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

A 73-year-old Bellbook man killed in a plane crash Saturday morning was an experienced pilot who had built four planes like the “experimental aircraft” he flew that day, according to his wife.

Roger Flower died in the 8 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Some witnesses in the area did see the plane flying and the witnesses believe they did see something fall off the plane,” he said.

Flying out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, the plane flown by Flower crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 Ohio 380. Debris from the crash spread about 300 feet and the plane had extensive damage.

Flower was a naval aviator for 31 years who still loved to fly in his retirement, said Jan Flower, his wife of 50 years.

“It was his life, ” she said. “He was flying a plane that he had built and flew out of Greene County Airport and was there every day and loved it.”

After retiring from the Navy, he became a certified aviation engineer and began building his own aircraft, his wife said.

“He knew what he was doing about building it and just loved it and wasn’t ready to give up airplanes, so he built them,” she said.

Both natives of Ohio, Roger and Jan Flower have four sons and moved to Bellbrook eight years ago, when they were done traveling with the Navy.

She described her husband as “a leader, totally confident. (He) could tackle anything, could build or fix anything, loved his children and his grandchildren, (and) loved serving in his church.”

The OHSP is investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine, experimental/homemade aircraft, according to the patrol.

“According to the family members, it’s been flown before,” said Pearcy.

There was no flight plan filed for the plane and the destination of the flight was unknown, Pearcy said.

“As unfortunate as this incident is, it is fortunate that no other people were involved,” Pearcy said.

Arrest made in slaying of businessman

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 7:44 PM

Police have arrested a 20-year-old Dayton man in the slaying of a business owner found dead inside a burned out garage last week.

Anthony Lamar Stargell Jr. was arrested Wednesday morning and is in the Montgomery County Jail pending the filing of an unclassified felony murder charge.

Dayton Sgt. Dan Mauch said detectives believe Stargell shot and killed 54-year-old Tommy Nickles before setting a fire inside 838 S. Main St. on April 3.

“The fire did not do the damage that the perpetrator expected,” Mauch said Wednesday afternoon. He said evidence collected inside the business and from Nickles’ stolen work van helped lead detectives to Stargell. The van was recovered by police late April 3 in the 400 block of Leland Avenue.

A search warrant was executed at 2905 Oakridge Drive on Wednesday, where Stargell occasionally stays with family. He was taken into custody at about 11 a.m.

Nickles, of Kettering, died from multiple gunshot wounds and was found in a garage where he ran Quality One Electrical Service. A Golden retriever that had been shot to death also was found in the building, police said.

Nickles' family confirmed last week that he had been living in the building because of a recent divorce. They said they couldn’t fathom why someone would want to kill the father of two. 

“Tom was a good man, he was a good father,” said Gavin Whitt, Nickles’ godson.

Mauch said Stargell and Nickles knew each other. He said police are investigating robbery as a possible motive or that Nickles possibly owed Stargell money.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” he said. Police also are trying to locate several individuals who may have stolen property belonging to Nickles.

According to court records, Stargell was convicted of robbery in February 2011 and sentenced to five years’ probation.

His mother, Tonya Bailey, said her son recently got out of prison, but she doesn’t believe that he is responsible for Nickles’ death.

“I don’t think that he did do it, but if he did do it he didn’t do it by himself,” she said.

She said Stargell wasn’t on South Main Street on the night Nickles was killed. “He was here,” she said at her mother’s house on Wednesday.