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As $8M project wraps up, here’s what’s next for developer

Published: Friday, June 02, 2017 @ 1:41 PM


            Crews work on the exterior of the Wheelhouse lofts at 210 Wayne Ave. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Crews work on the exterior of the Wheelhouse lofts at 210 Wayne Ave. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

As its first project in Dayton barrels toward completion, Kentucky firm Weyland Ventures says it is gearing up for another round of development that will solidify its long-term commitment to the city.

Weyland Ventures, based in Louisville, says Dayton has become its second home and it hopes to make another splash with its next projects, which potentially could help extend the Oregon Historic District east and bring new life to several empty commercial buildings.

“We’re working on a lot of different things and we have a lot property in Dayton, which is good,” said Barry Alberts, principal of Weyland Ventures. “It means that we’re going to be in Dayton a long time.”

Weyland Ventures currently is constructing about 40 loft-style apartments and first-floor restaurant space in a vacant factory at 210 Wayne Ave., near the Oregon District business strip.

The new Wheelhouse lofts are expected to open this summer, and the Troll Pub restaurant on the ground level should come this fall.

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The firm has the development rights for that entire block, which is a triangular piece of land bordered by Wayne, Fourth, Fifth and Walnut Streets and is home to a medium-sized warehouse building.

The firm also has the rights to the former Garden Station property and an adjacent and vacant building at 101 Bainbridge St.

The firm, which has helped revive downtown Louisville, envisions building a lively district east of Wayne Avenue that connects into and grows the Oregon District. The district could feature $40 million in new investment.

The Wheelhouse project alone is costing about $8 million.

RELATED: $40M investment planned to extend Oregon District

Weyland Ventures plans new construction on the 200 block of Wayne Avenue and on the Garden Station site.

But it is deciding whether to restore or tear down a five-story commercial building at 101 Bainbridge and a warehouse just south of the Wheelhouse, across from Press Coffee Bar, Alberts said.

The firm plans to again seek historic tax credits for the six-story building it owns at 15 McDonough St., which it wants to turn into offices for nearby manufacturing firm Gosiger and other tenants.

“We like the momentum in Dayton … we’re excited about planting our flag and staying there a long time,” Alberts said.

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Weyland Ventures also is in the running for the development rights of the Paru Tower, or Society Bank building, an empty 14-story office building at 41 N. Main St.

Weyland Ventures is currently competing with Ohio-based Coon Restoration & Sealants Inc. for the rights to the city-owned building. The city expects to select a development partner in coming weeks.

Weyland Ventures’ initial proposal is to convert the building’s upper floors into both hotel rooms and residential units, while the bank lobby and atrium space above can be restored to create a grand ballroom and events space.

Ground floor space that looks out on Main Street could house retail establishments, and Weyland Ventures says it has talked with hotel operators who believe the building would be a strong candidate for hotel accommodations.

“The expanded amenity package that is currently underway in downtown Dayton also suggests a growing market for weekend tourist and leisure demand, (always a challenge for downtown hotels), although this remains somewhat speculative,” according to the proposal.

The hotel could have about 150 rooms, which would leave several floors for housing, the proposal says.

The hotel and residential mix would allow people who rent or own units at the tower to utilize hotel services if desired, such as housekeeping, room serivce and reduced rates for guests, the proposal states.

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Windy and Wet morning; Winter Weather Advisory cancelled for Northern Counties 

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the commutes for Thursday.

Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Highest Wind gusts this morning: 

Wilmington 33MPH

Dayton Wright Bros Airport 31MPH

Dayton International Airport 29MPH 

Butler Co Regional Airport 28MPH

Wright Patt 25MPH

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Slight chance for freezing rain in northern Miami Valley
  • Winds speeds currently 15 to 27 mph
  • Rounds of rain Friday, Saturday

>>Record-breaking warmth this week 

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect in the far north due to the possibility of light freezing rain. The best chance for freezing rain and slick roads are in Mercer, Auglaize, and Logan counties where temperatures will be close to 32 degrees. Even spots north of I-70, road sensors are showing temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s, which limits potential icy roads. Drivers in the Winter Weather Advisory locations should still take their time and watch bridges, overpasses, and elevated surfaces where, if cold enough, could see some freezing rain. Dayton area and points south will deal with a wet morning drive with steady rain through the morning. Everyone should take it slow to prevent hydroplaning. Temperatures today will be cooler in the mid 40s with dry weather for the afternoon and evening hours. 

>>5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: More rain pushes in Friday morning and will continue through most of the day. It will fall heavy at times, keeping the roads wet and the flood threat alive. Mild temperatures for the day with highs reaching around 60 degrees. They’ll be a lull in the rain at night. 

SATURDAY: The last day of widespread rain with scattered showers moving back in for the morning. Rain is expected to fall heavy at times for the afternoon and evening with thunderstorms and strong winds possible. Ponding on the roads and a flood threat to creeks, streams, and rivers will be possible as well. High peak around 60 degrees. 

>>SkyWitness7

SUNDAY: A cold front will wipe through the area early Sunday, bring an end to the rain. Temperatures will remain pleasant in the low to mid 50s with sunshine late in the day. 

>>County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: A nice start to the new week with sunshine, a few clouds, and no rain. It’ll be cooler with highs around 50 degrees. 

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Fairborn HS lockdown lifted following check of school

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 7:57 AM

Police at Fairborn High School

UPDATE @ 8:19 a.m.:

The lockdown at Fairborn High School has been lifted after police checked the building following a threat made on social media involving “SHS.”

RELATED: Several area districts investigate vague ‘SHS’ school shooting threat

MORE: Hundreds of local students walkout, more planned

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INITIAL REPORT:

Fairborn High School is on a precautionary lockdown this morning on recommendation from police after various threats have been talked about in the area, school officials said.

The lockdown was in place at 7:50 a.m. and officials said there are no specific threats targeting the district.

We’re working to learn more. 

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Youth jobs program that trains thousands faces new funding fight

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

Ta'nesha Holden, 17, takes notes during the Montgomery County YouthWorks Summer Program at Pontiz Career Technology Center where instructor Mark Anderson teaches job readiness skills through Montgomery County Workforce Development.  TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Ty Greenlees
Ta'nesha Holden, 17, takes notes during the Montgomery County YouthWorks Summer Program at Pontiz Career Technology Center where instructor Mark Anderson teaches job readiness skills through Montgomery County Workforce Development. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

A summer jobs program that trains and employs nearly 2,000 Montgomery County teenagers — most low-income — began taking applications earlier month, but it faces financial challenges again.

YouthWorks, described by county leaders as “critical,” was saved from the state budget axe two years ago but again faces a looming cut, this time from the county.

“It’s concerning for us,” said Montgomery County Commission President Debbie Lieberman. “It’s important for us because it builds our future workforce..”

RELATED: $9M shortfall: Montgomery County faces program cuts, employee wage reductions

The 10-week program for students ages 14-18 is designed to improve life skills management, increase job readiness and provide work experience at area employers.

Last year, the county received about 3,000 applications and 1,800 young workers completed the program, gaining experience at about 550 participating employers, said Michael Colbert, assistant county administrator for Development Services. About 175 youths are currently in a year-long program, having stayed on with employers beyond the summer.

In 2016, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services nearly eliminated the program’s funding, of which about $2.3 million goes to Montgomery County. But the region lobbied to get the money back, said Colbert, previously the former director of the department in Gov. John Kasich’s cabinet.

MORE: Thousands of youth summer jobs at risk, area officials say

“Dayton and Montgomery County fought hard to get this funding back,” he said.

That money nearly lost comes from federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Family grants distributed through the state Job and Family Services department. But the Montgomery County Commission provides $500,000, or almost one-fifth of the program’s funds, to help those who might benefit from the jobs experience but exceed the 200 percent of poverty level family income threshold.

Because of a $9 million shortfall to hit the county in 2019, the county’s discretionary spending on the youth program is likely to evaporate, County Administrator Joe Tuss said as the county worked out a five-year budget plan.

Colbert said YouthWorks is safe this year but could face a future diminished.

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“We still haven’t baked all that out yet,” he said. “But the commissioners have made this a priority and we’ll wait for that budget term to come to determine that funding.”

Colbert said the county is expecting to boost the number of youths finishing the 10-week program to 2,500 this summer.

Colbert said the young workers get a meaningful occupational experience, many at advanced manufacturing companies, within the region’s health care systems and at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“The number of our employers is going up, and also the quality of our job sites,” he said. “It’s really become a high-tech program.”

MORE: New program provides drug treatment, job training for youth

County Commissioner Dan Foley said employers should also find the program attractive. The county provides the participating youth with two weeks of initial training and pays both their wages and workers’ compensation insurance.

“For employers, there’s no better opportunity that you have to give back,” he said. “We’re not going to send them to you just cold.”

How to apply for YouthWorks

Who: Youth ages 14-18

When: Early bird applications are now being accepted through March 31. The application period will close April 30.

Online: Click YouthWorks button at https://thejobcenter.org/

In person:

Job Center

1111 So. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Suite 1171

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday/Thursday: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Questions:

Phone, 937-224-1482

Email at YCS365@mcohio.org

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School shootings: Hundreds of local students walk out, more planned

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Students at the Dayton Regional STEM School walked out of school Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in memory of the 17 individuals who died during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward, Fla. WILL GARBE / STAFF
Students at the Dayton Regional STEM School walked out of school Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in memory of the 17 individuals who died during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward, Fla. WILL GARBE / STAFF

Stirred by their peers in Florida who last week survived one of the nation’s most deadly school shootings, students and some faculty at high schools across the Dayton area walked out of class Wednesday to memorialize the dead and harden their legacy.

The walkouts by several hundred students at Dayton Regional STEM School, Miami Valley School and Tippecanoe High School, among others, come amid a small but growing national movement of high school students following the slaughter of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Fla.

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The local walkouts were largely apolitical, focusing on school safety and remembering the dead as opposed to advocating for stricter gun control or mental health resources.

Tipp City Schools Superintendent Gretta Kumpf characterized the walk out of 200 Tippecanoe students as an action “in support of safer schools.”

“We saw this idea online and were talking to a student at the (Florida) high school,” Huthayfa Usman, 17, a senior at the Dayton Regional STEM School in Kettering. “This is a lot more than politics. This was not meant to be a political thing. This was strictly meant to be in support of the victims.”

But school walkouts planned for coming days will no doubt be political, channeling into activism a mix of fear and frustration amid the specter of being the next addition on America’s list of school shooting victims.

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Students at Kettering Fairmont High School are arranging two walkouts in coming weeks, according to students and administrators who are aware of the planning. One, on March 14, will honor the victims in Florida. The other, to be held on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, will focus on pressuring Congress to protect students.

“We’re protesting Congress’ lack of action to protect students in schools,” said Meigan Karolak, a Fairmont sophomore. “I cannot speak for everybody in the movement, but I personally just would like to see the process of owning a gun to be more difficult — more intensive background searches — so that people who are buying these guns … will use these in a way that will not hurt others.”

As the tone and intent of the walkouts shifts from commemorative to political, a question of legal consequence — How do we treat these protests? — now faces school administrators.

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The First Amendment gives students the right to engage in political speech, even at school, said Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, in an email. However, LoMonte said the First Amendment does not protect students against disciplinary consequences for the non-speech aspects of student conduct.

“There is no ‘political speech’ exception to the rule against truancy,” said LoMonte. “Many administrators will use discretion not to impose disciplinary consequences when students are engaged in an especially compelling cause, so just because you have the authority doesn’t mean you’re required to use it.”

Punishment for truancy is a concern, but would likely not deter Fairmont students, Karolak said.

“I think when it comes down to it, if we get in trouble, it’s much more important to stand up for something like this than get something like a truancy,” the 15-year-old said.

Fairmont Principal Tyler Alexander said he is working with students and other administrators to plan how the school will handle the walkouts, but cautioned the district has not yet decided on whether students would face consequences.

“Sorry I am unable to answer your question about consequences,” Alexander wrote Karolak in an email. “Right now, I am unsure what those will be, if any. It is imperative we are consistent district wide, thus it will take some time to get everything in place.”

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LoMonte said schools could get in legal trouble for imposing disciplinary consequences on student protesters is if the disciplinary authority is used in a selective way.

“So if the school has a written policy that a student can be excused from school by presenting a written parental note, and the student protester does bring in a parental note, the school has to honor that note on the same terms with any other parental excuse,” LoMonte said. “… if the policy says ‘you may have an excused absence only in the event of personal or family medical issues’ then the school is free to discipline students for walking out, even with a parental note.”

Kettering police patrolled the Dayton Regional STEM School walkout Wednesday at the request of school administrators. In an interview, Alexander told the Dayton Daily News he is concerned Fairmont students could become a soft target for violence if they walk out of school at a publicized date and time. “Students are most safe within our walls, not outside our walls,” he said.

Alexander also expressed concern for students who choose not to participate in a walkout, especially if teachers elect to join.

“If a teacher wants to participate and only 20 out of 25 students in a class want to participate, we can’t leave five students unattended in class,” he said.

Kettering district officials will meet next week to plan ahead of the organized walkouts.

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