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Get an inside look at downtown Dayton housing boom

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 10:46 AM


            A photo of the windows at the Delco Lofts, which are part of the Water Street district. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF
A photo of the windows at the Delco Lofts, which are part of the Water Street district. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF

There have always been places to live in downtown Dayton, but increasingly, downtown is becoming the place to live.

The center city is seeing explosive growth in the amount of new housing available to rent and buy. In 2016 and 2017, downtown is adding about as many residential units as the previous 15 years combined.

The annual downtown housing tour is on Saturday, which is expected to draw hundreds of visitors who will get a special, inside look at the growing pool of urban living options.

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“We have new for-sale and rental units in downtown Dayton,” Erin Jeffries, with Dayton’s department of planning and community development, said earlier this year on the city’s Birthplace of Next podcast. “You cant’ drive through downtown without seeing them. They are great.”

Downtown living, according to many, has never been hotter.

The center city has the region’s highest apartment occupancy rate (97.5 percent).

Two dozen townhomes were completed and sold in downtown in 2016, and 31 more are under construction, according to the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

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In all, 204 apartment and for-sale units are being built in downtown and more than twice that number are in the pipeline, according to the partnership.

Last year, 239 new market-rate housing units opened in downtown, and 258 more units will come online by the end of this year.

Those two years fall just 15 units short of matching the total new units added between 2001 and 2015.

The intensifying growth in residential housing will be highlighted on Saturday during the Downtown Housing Tour, which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.

Visitors who take part in the free tour invites will get to see inside some of the hottest apartments, condos and townhomes in Dayton and get a sneak peek at some projects that are still in development. Visitors will be able to hop on and off a complimentary shuttle.

Housing on the tour includes the Water Street Flats, St. Clair Lofts, the Water Street Delco Lofts, the Dayton Tower Apartments, Monument Walk, the Wheelhouse, the Landing, the First Place Luxury Apartments, the Brownstones at 2nd and City View.

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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

LISTEN: 911 call released in double homicide in Harrison Twp.

UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20): 

The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.

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Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.

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Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.

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UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.

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Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.

“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”

In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.

The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.

At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.

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“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.

The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.

Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.

Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):

Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said. 

The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims. 

Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry. 

It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business. 

Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said. 

The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.

Shooting North Dixie

FIRST REPORT

Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Record-breaking warmth today; widespread showers expected overnight

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about which days will have the hardest commutes because of the weather.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Record-breaking warmth today
  • More showers, storms tonight through Wednesday
  • A wintry mix early Thursday

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Early dry time with temperatures in the 60s. We’ll see broken clouds through the day with highs peaking in the low 70s. The record for the day is 69 degrees, set back in 2016. Expect wind gusts through the day between 20 to 30 mph. We can’t rule out a passing shower or storm during the day across the northwest, but most will stay dry during the day. However, tonight showers and storms become more widespread overnight. 

Windy day in Dayton

WEDNESDAY: Temperatures start in the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and storms during the first half of the day with rain possible falling heavy at times. Temperatures will drop during the day and hit 30 degrees by nighttime with us also experiencing gusty winds. Any lingering showers could fall as a wintry mix or freezing rain.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

THURSDAY: Morning showers will be a wintry mix. Cooler temperatures for the day in the mid-40s. Some dry time returns during the day into the evening. 

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FRIDAY: Widespread rain will begin to fall again, heavy at times. A flood threat continues with highs in the upper 50s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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SATURDAY: Rain continues through the day, again heavy at times. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Flooding is possible with rain totals for the week ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 inches. 

Great Miami in Troy and Dayton will get close to the flood stage. Some low lying spots along the river could see minor flooding.

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Springfield teen pleads guilty to killing younger brother

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

The teenager who was 16 when he killed his younger brother has pleaded guilty to murder, according to court records.

Nicholas Starling, who was accused of stabbing and beating his 14-year-old brother with a baseball bat to death in October 2016, was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in prison, according to court documents.

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Harley was found dead in his bed at his Superior Avenue home on the morning of Oct. 31.

Springfield Police Division Detective Ron Jordan testified in an earlier court hearing that Nicholas Starling admitted he and his brother had been in a previous argument over Halloween candy, according to court records.

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Ohio Air Guard F-16 fighter jets will fly at night this week

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:24 AM


            F-16 crews from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing flew training missions out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2013, as their home runway at Toledo Express Airport is repaved. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF FILE PHOTO
F-16 crews from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing flew training missions out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2013, as their home runway at Toledo Express Airport is repaved. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF FILE PHOTO

Ohio Air National Guard fighter jets will be involved in night training exercises this week that could bring F-16s into southwest Ohio, according to the unit.

The Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing will fly the night training missions between Tuesday and Thursday, taking off and landing until about 9 p.m., the unit said.

The unit has trained in the Dayton and Springfield region and the Brush Creek-Buckeye military training range in southern Ohio in the past.

“There’s a good possibility we’ll be down there,” Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, a wing spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

Depending on weather conditions, the jets may fly at night in either Ohio or Michigan during the week, she added.

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