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NEW DETAILS: Developer plans to transform 158-year-old Oregon District church

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

We take you inside Monument Walk, a Charlie Simms development in Downtown Dayton. Video by Amelia Robinson

The developer purchasing a 158-year-old Oregon District church says the building’s next chapter might involve a restaurant, apartments and shops. 

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As this news organization first reported, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 239 Wayne Ave. is in the process of being sold to Weyland Ventures, the developers of The Wheelhouse project, located nearby at 210 Wayne Ave. 

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Mariah Gratz, Weyland Ventures’ CEO, said her Louisville-based company is evaluating the best use of the church, but it could be the future site of retail business and a restaurant. 

The parish hall could be used as housing, she said. 

“We have some initial concepts. We have not finalized that,” she said. “We have to finish up our market studies and analysis.” 

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St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church pastor Robert E. Miller confirmed that the church at 239 Wayne Ave. will close after Christmas service 2017.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

St. Paul’s will close December 31. The church dates back to 1859. Its steeple was built around 1869, and the parish hall in 1954.

Gratz said the company plans to keep the building’s features. 

“We love historic buildings,” she said. “We try to save them, especially the ones that have good bones and and stories to tell.” 

The Wheelhouse Lofts are in the historic Weustoff and Getz building, which was constructed in 1868. 

Tom GilliamWheelhouse Lofts is the adaptive reuse of the historic Weustoff and Getz building, once used as a machine shop, tool room and assembly room for automobiles. The four-story building is being converted into 40 loft-style apartments with restaurant and retail space on the first floor. Troll Pub Under the Bridge, a 6,500 square foot bar and restaurant with a courtyard will be among the tenants.(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

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That development includes a 40-unit apartment building and a Troll Pub restaurant and bar location.

Speakeasy Yoga also plans to open a second location in the Wheelhouse building, Gratz told this news organization. 

St. Paul pastor Robert E. Miller said in July that the church will close at the end of the year and was looking for a buyer.

The church now has fewer than 100 members and many are elderly. The average age of a worshiper is 73. The church can only pay 40 percent of its bills through collections. The rest comes from its dwindling investment fund. 

Earlier this week, Miller said the congregation intends to “pay it forward” by supporting charitable causes and its employees. Additional details will be released later about its plans. 

Gratz said the building’s sale is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. The building fits into the Weyland’s overall plans for development in Dayton, she said. More development is possible. 

“We always have our eye on the area,” Gratz said. “We will be looking for strategic pieces when they pop up.” 


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Soggy St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Few more showers may return for the afternoon.

Clouds will linger through the day with a few breaks possible late morning/early afternoon. Scattered showers may redevelop for the afternoon, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Some spots far north may see a light max initially, then change to rain. Temperatures will slowly climb into the lower 40s. Skies then begin to clear overnight and temperatures will fall back below freezing. Some isolated slick spots are possible with any damp roads from earlier precipitation.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

>>St. Patrick’s Day: Freezing rain could impact celebration


  • Chance of showers this afternoon
  • More sun and milder for Sunday
  • Rain/snow possible mid-week


Tomorrow: There will be sunny skies and it will be warmer with highs into the lower 50s.

>>What is freezing rain and how is it different from snow and sleet?

Monday: Some morning sun will give way to more clouds through the day. There will be a chance for a few showers towards the evening. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with a few rain or snow showers early. It will be mostly cloudy for most of the day. A few more rain/snow showers may return into the night. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: There will be a chance for a few passing snow showers and chilly with highs in the upper 30s.

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Don’t drink and drive. Here are 6 ways to get home safe in Dayton.

Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 4:12 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:48 AM

Enjoy yourself, but be responsible about getting home -- don't drink and drive.
Enjoy yourself, but be responsible about getting home -- don't drink and drive.

We know that St. Patrick’s day is full of drinking shenanigans for most people. But it's no excuse to drive drunk. 

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If you happen to go too hard, here are some options to get you home safely. 

Please note: we recommend planning in advance. Arrangements with a designated driver should be decided upon ahead of time, and it's always good to know what cab service you plan to use and to call to confirm they can service your location and wait times. 

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1.) The Uber app can figure out where you are and will hook you up with the nearest Uber driver in Dayton. Just plug in where you want to go and the Uber app will then give you an estimate of the fare for the ride. Just be careful: Uber is known to experience price surges during high-demand periods. A two-mile ride that would normally cost $4-10 dollars in a normal cab can easily spike to several times that much. 

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2.) Cab Guys are a locally-owned transportation service, serving the southern Dayton suburbs. You can give them a call at 937-505-0222. Their general fee for the first three miles is $10; after that they charge an additional $2 a mile. More info: Website

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3.) Anton’s Transportation serves 13 counties in the Miami Valley, just in case you wander outside of Dayton. You can give them a call at 937-252-4756. Anton’s charges a general fee of $9 for the first three miles and an additional $2 per mile after. More info: 

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4.) Walt’s Taxi Cab Service is another local cab service in Dayton. Call them at 937-825-3861. Walt’s charges $2 per mile. Minimum charges depend on how far away from Dayton you are. 

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5.) Lyft app. Like Uber, Lyft is an app service that matches you with a friendly local driver at the tap of a button.  

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6.)  Get an old-school designated driver. If calling a taxi or using Uber just isn’t your thing, plan to assign yourself a sober, designated driver. These are the best kinds of drivers because they are reliable (we hope) and usually right there when you’re ready to go. Not to get preachy, but please drink responsibly. Don’t put yourself or other people on the road at risk. So drink and be merry — but above all, be safe.


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Children injured in crash involving RTA bus remain in critical condition

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:19 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

'Critical' next few days for kids hurt in RTA crash

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.:

The two children injured in a car crash involving an RTA and four other vehicles Tuesday remain in critical condition Saturday, according to a Dayton Children’s Hospital representative.

Emmanuel Caldwell, 6, and Eric Caldwell, 7, of Harrison Twp. were in the backseat of the bronze 1998 Cadillac Deville that struck an RTA bus causing a chain reaction into a parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street, according to a crash report.

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The driver of the Cadillac, David L. Gregory, 39, of Harrison Twp. was taken to Grandview Medical Center where his condition is not known.

He is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the crash report stated.

Eric E. Caldwell, 32, of Harrison Twp. was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. His condition has yet to be released.

No one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, the crash report stated.


Two children injured after a crash Tuesday afternoon involving four vehicles and an RTA bus have been on ventilators since the crash, and family said the next few days are critical to their survival. 

The siblings, Emmanuel, 6, and Eric, 7, are best friends, according to family. The family said they've been told by doctors that Emmanuel, especially, may not survive.

>> Vehicle hits RTA bus, alcohol suspected 

Both children are being watched for fevers and additional swelling on the brain after they sustained "horrific" injuries.

“It breaks my heart, you know,” said Ryan Morgan, a police officer and the boys' uncle. "They're my nephews. I was there when both of them were born. I deal with this type of stuff all the time, but when it's your own family, it hits you especially hard." 

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Deputies said they believe the driver of the vehicle the boys were in was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Preliminary indicatations are that the two men in the Cadillac with the children are their father and uncle. 

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Both men remain hospitalized. Neither they nor the children were wearing safety belts, according to a traffic crash report. 

The Cadillac struck an RTA bus, setting off a chain reaction crash that ended in the parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street. 

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‘A whole new life’: Local people share their addiction recovery stories

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 6:42 PM

            Amber Hartman Ortez talks about past life of drug addiction, sex trafficking and abusive relationships during an interview at the Safe Harbor House in Springfield. She’s now more than four and a half years clean. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Amber Hartman Ortez talks about past life of drug addiction, sex trafficking and abusive relationships during an interview at the Safe Harbor House in Springfield. She’s now more than four and a half years clean. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

From a mother of two who overcame a decade of being sex trafficked, to a young man just out of jail for what he hopes will be the last time, local people who have come out the other side of the opioid epidemic are telling their stories.

No two recovery stories are exactly alike, but for each of the people interviewed here substance abuse was a symptom of larger issues of trauma, isolation and loss. Although at various stages of recovery, each expressed a desire to help others find their way out of addiction hell. And that includes sharing their story publicly.

It used to be very rare to see someone step in front of their church congregation or civic organization — let alone television cameras — and tell their story of addiction and recovery, said Greg Delaney, a pastor and outreach coordinator for Woodhaven Recovery in Dayton.

But this month he shared his story of long-term recovery at the White House.

“The climate has changed,” he said. “The narrative has changed.”

FULL STORY: Local recovering addicts tell their stories

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