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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.

Escaped inmate found 3 miles from hospital

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Inmate escapes while being treated at Middletown hospital

UPDATE @ 2:11 p.m. (Nov. 23)

Robert Langford was apprehended in the area of Industrial Drive and Shaker Road, about three miles north of Atrium Medical Center. He’s in Warren County Jail now on a count of escape.

Robert Langford, Warren County Jail

UPDATE @ 10:19 a.m. (Nov. 23)

Robert Langford never made it into Atrium Medical Center Wednesday night before escaping corrections custody, a hospital spokeswoman reports. 

Langford was never a patient at Atrium and had never made it inside the hospital before escaping custody, according to the hospital. 

Warren County sheriff’s Sgt. Roy McGill said Langford is still on the loose and being sought by police.

This newsroom is working to confirm how and when Langford escaped custody.

Langford is an inmate at  the Community Corrections Center, which is across the street from the Lebanon Correctional Institute on Ohio 63. That is a different facility from the Warren County Jail in downtown Lebanon.

FIRST REPORT (Nov. 22)

Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office are looking for an inmate that escaped custody of the Community Corrections Center staff late Wednesday night. 

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Robert Langford escaped custody of the CCC staff while in the process of being treated at Atrium Medical Center. He was last seen running north from the Atrium Medical Center in the city of Middletown at 8:08 p.m. in a hospital gown.

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Langford is described as a 31-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. 

He was sentenced to the Community Corrections Center after being convicted of drug offenses.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Robert Langford are urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280 or the Warren County Communications Center at 513-695-2525. 

Reunions, friendships, gratitude highlight 49th annual Feast of Giving

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:09 PM

Feast of Giving held in Dayton

Every year for the past several, Marquita R. Robinson sits at a table at the Feast of Giving inside a massive room at the Dayton Convention Center to have Thanksgiving dinner with several thousand of her neighbors.

It’s also a homecoming of sorts.

“This is the place where a lot of my friends (meet) to see each other and we haven’t seen each other throughout the whole year,” the 32-year-old Dayton resident said before standing up and shouting and waving at a friend.

More than 8,000 people were expected to stream through the convention center’s doors Thursday. Marking it’s 49th year, the Thanksgiving Day tradition draws people of all ages and backgrounds who come together one day as a community, many interacting with strangers they have never met.

Richard C. Jones, 50, of Dayton, stopped in for his first trip to Feast of Giving since moving to the Gem City from Atlanta.

“I didn’t have any plans and I’m relatively new to Dayton,” he said.

Last year, he said he spent Thanksgiving alone. That changed this time once he found out about the dinner.

“I’m hoping to meet some of my Dayton neighbors,” he said as a band played on a stage near his table. “I’m not really an outgoing person. This is like something brand new and hopefully becomes a tradition.”

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The gathering had 500 volunteers — and turned away another 700 — to prepare and serve free meals to throngs of attendees, said Stephen Levitt, one of the event’s organizers.

“There’s always a few hang-ups, but we make it work,” he said.

Stephanie Richardson, 53, of Dayton, and Amy Schmitt, 59, of Beavercreek, set out place mats and prepared decorations in a room set aside for children.

The Thanksgiving spirit of giving “just spoke to me,” said Richardson, volunteering for the first time at the dinner since she recently moved to Dayton from the Virgin Islands.

Schmitt, a self-described “people person” and a public health nurse, wanted to work with children.

“It’s fun,” she said. And it gave her a sense of appreciation. “You come in here and serve today and you walk out with no complaints.”

Carol and Roger Ober of Beavercreek, volunteered for the first time, working as security monitors.

Carol Ober, a 71-year-old retired school teacher, said they wanted “to be part of something bigger than yourself and this is definitely big.”

The community dinner is so big it takes days to cook food for thousands.

Thursday started with a very basic ingredient that was the hardest to manage: Boiling water, said Sous-Chief Andrew Payne.

“Probably close to 1,000 gallons of water we had to get to a boil to be able to make the stuffing, to make the gravy, to make the mashed potatoes,” he said. “It’s constant. We started boiling water at two o’clock this morning.”

Payne also was one of about a dozen who spent seven to 10 hours Monday slicing 3,000 pounds of turkey.

The shopping list this year included 2,600 pounds of mashed potatoes, 2,000 pounds each of green beans and breaded stuffing, and 100 gallons of gravy. For dessert, the feast rolled out 900 pies of all sorts and 8,000 servings of ice cream.

Vanilla is the most popular flavor, said Joe Hartenstein, 62, of Trotwood. The long-time event volunteer and retired school truant officer also hands out chocolate and sherbet ice cream.

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For Robinson, a restaurant cashier, the mashed potatoes are the best on a filled Thanksgiving plate.

“I always get double mash every time I come down here,” she said. “Because it’s all silky. You add some butter to them and they’re awesome.”

Organizers stepped in nearly a decade ago when the Beerman Foundation, which had sponsored the event since 1969, announced plans to end the Thanksgiving tradition in Dayton.

The event costs about $180,000, half of which represent purveyors who donate food and equipment and the rest represents monetary donations, Levitt said.

Booz Allen Hamilton lands $14.7M AFRL deal for combat simulation

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:53 PM


            Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO

A defense contractor has landed a $14.7 million deal to develop virtual combat modeling and simulation technologies, according to the Department of Defense.

The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the five-year deal to McLean, Va.-based Booz Allen Hamilton, the Defense Department said. Three bidders were in contention for the contract.

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The research will be conducted at both Wright-Patterson labs and in McLean, Va., the Defense Department said. AFRL has a worldwide workforce of more than 10,000 employees and is headquartered at Wright-Patterson.

Restaurant owner frustrated after burglar targets Broadway Cafe for 6th time

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:02 PM

Broadway Cafe Owners says he’s been targeted six times for break-ins

A thief smashed a front window and took cash from a Trotwood restaurant, the sixth time the restaurant has been targeted, according to the owner. 

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Around 7 a.m. Thursday, police responded to an alarm from the Broadway Cafe at 203 North Broadway Avenue in Trotwood and found one of the front windows smashed in. Video surveillance provided to this news outlet by the owner of the restaurant Antonio Celik shows throw a large rock four times at a plexiglass door before crawling inside. 

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The suspect grabs a cash register before fleeing the area on foot. 

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Celik said the suspect took a minimal amount of cash, but the damage will cost him hundreds of dollars. 

“Trotwood needs to know, this is not going to be easy, it’s not easy. This man, mask and gloves comes here, takes money, that’s not fair, that’s not fair.  I’m angry, really angry, 6 times, maybe 7 times,” Celik told News Center 7’s Mike Campbell. 

Broadway Cafe has been targeted several times, including in 2016 when Celik was shot after confronting robbers. 

Trotwood police encourage anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.