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You’ll LOVE the killer views from this new downtown Dayton apartment up for grabs

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Checkout the amazing views from Delco Lofts. Video by Amelia Robinson

There are rooms with views and then there are rooms with views. 

Several of the units in Delco Lofts apartment building now under construction in downtown Dayton fall into the with views category in big ways.

Those units offer crave-worthy views of Fifth Third Field where the Dayton Dragons hold court and nearby RiverScape MetroPark, which bubbles with activity during the summer months. 

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See for yourself in the view above. 

Jason Woodard of Woodard Development gave us a tour of the building, which is now accepting lease applications.

Delco Lofts is expected to be ready for tenant move-ins in July 2017. But act fast if you’re interested -- about half of the 133 units in the building are already rented. 

>> See the Delco Building transformed into a luxury apartment building

In the early 1900s, the building held Charles Kettering’s Delco headquarters. 

Lock 27 Brewing will open its second location on the building’s first floor this summer.

>> Lock 27 to build 2nd brewery, pub in downtown Dayton

The rental price for the studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments range from $900 to just over $2,000.

Residents will have private garages on the lower levels of the building and access to a top-floor event space. 

>> Delco Lofts ready for pre-leasing next to Dragons stadium

The lofts are part of the Water Street District building developed by  Woodard Development and Crawford Hoying. 

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Want to check out Delco Lofts for yourself? You’ll be able to next week. The building is part of the free Downtown Housing Tour set for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The tour is organized by the Downtown Dayton Partnership and is part of the Summer in the City series. 

It also includes tours of other downtown housing, including Monument Walk, Water Street Flats, St. Clair Lofts, Dayton Towers Apartments, City View, Brownstones at 2nd, First Place Luxury Apartments and the Wheelhouse. 

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Funerals held for Westerville, Ohio officers shot

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

Westerville Police Department is escorted to the funeral service.

A funeral procession and service are planned for two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.

A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Friday for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville, followed by a funeral starting at 1 p.m.

RELATED: Local officers gather for procession to funeral for slain Westerville officers

A procession through the city will follow the funeral. Schools are closed for the day.

The lights are on in preparation to go to Westerville

The two veteran officers were shot after entering a residence early Saturday afternoon. The officers returned fire, wounding 30-year-old Quentin Smith.

Smith has been charged with aggravated murder. He remains hospitalized.

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is in Dayton today, said the “entire state” mourns the loss of Morelli and Joering.

“In the days since their passing, we’ve heard stories of their incredible service to their community, their fellow officers and their families. We can never repay them or their loved ones for their service and sacrifice, but today we honor their memory and lift up the entire Westerville community and all those who knew them,” he said.

News Center 7 will have a crew in Westerville and will have the latest online and on News Center 7.

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Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 1:52 PM

            Wright State University
Wright State University

Wright State University’s Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to enact a mandatory furlough policy Friday, even as frustrated professors confronted the university’s leaders about proposed “draconian” cuts they say will erode the institution’s educational quality.

Wright State faces declining enrollment and higher health care costs while it grapples with the outlines of millions of dollars in cuts to avoid deficit spending and being put on a state fiscal watch, officials said.

“We must continue to be realists together while we maintain our passion for this university,” Douglas A. Fecher, chairman of the Board of Trustees, told dozens of faculty members and others gathered for the board meeting Friday. “We simply do not have access to the same level of resources that we once had in the past.”

RELATED: Wright State budget forum becomes negotiating table for faculty union

Fecher said ignoring the economic situation will not make it go away.

“It will demand more hard choices and hard sacrifice,” he said. “Terrible decisions remain and they must be made.”

Last June, Wright State cut nearly $31 million out of its fiscal year 2018 budget in response to years of overspending, and to raise its reserve fund to $6 million. WSU needs to cut an additional $10.5 million because of enrollment issues, and to cover additional scholarship and fellowship costs, this newspaper has reported.

Members of the American Association of University Professors and faculty members rallied against the cuts Friday, saying they have diminished Wright State’s core mission of education by reducing instructors and classes and creating uncertainty and anxiety among faculty, staff and students.

Senate Faculty President Travis E. Doom told the board he and other faculty members have had questions from students about whether they would be able to complete their degree programs and how the cuts would impact their studies.

“This term, the university remarked in a prepared statement that there is no chance that Wright State University is going to close,” he said. “The fact that the university felt the need to make this statement is chilling. The fact that our community thought this was newsworthy is horrifying.”

The AAUP has said the administration has offered a three-year contract with no raises, reduced benefits and higher health care costs amounting to a pay cut.

Nearly 90 percent of AAUP members eligible to vote have voted yes on a strike authorization if a deal is not reached, according to the union. Unresolved bargaining issues include employment security and furloughs, teaching workloads, maintaining summer teaching opportunities, and proposals that would cut pay and health benefits, the labor organization says.

RELATED: Wright State considering employee furloughs if finances don’t improve

Dan Slilaty, a WSU mathematics professor and AAUP member, said Wright State had gone on a “budget-cutting spree” that protects administration and trustee priorities and “slashes” the university’s core mission.

He said about 580 faculty members who teach at the university account for about 17 percent of its budget.

“What we the faculty demand is that all future cuts to the university’s budget be made in the irresponsible, multi-million dollar athletic budget and the extreme salaries and bloat of the upper administration and in risky side ventures,” he said to audience applause.

“If a strike is the only way in which meaningful shared governance is going to happen, if a strike is the only way to stop this reckless disregard for the core mission of the university, then I will vote for a strike, and I believe my colleagues will as well,” he added.

Wright State has made no decision on furloughing employees, but the policy enacted Friday allows the university to impose unpaid days off work for non-union employees should they become necessary.

Any furloughs of AAUP members would have to be contractually negotiated, said Marty Kich, president of the Wright State chapter of the labor organization.

The university and the AAUP are headed to fact-finding in April, he said.

RELATED: Wright State swimming, diving supporters hire consultant to try to save teams Wright State Trustee Bruce Langos, the sole no vote on enacting the policy on mandatory furloughs, said non-bargaining unit support staff have taken enough cuts.

He added the university should spend more time finding new revenue sources.

“I think we have a high probability that we’re going to end up on fiscal watch and we need to make sure that we’re focused on that revenue growth,” he said in an interview. “We can’t put the entire problem on the backs of the employees. We need to be generating revenue.”

David M. Butkovinsky, a long-time WSU accounting professor and AAUP member, told trustees the cuts would hurt both students’ education and the retention and recruitment of faculty.

“The majority of the faculty believes the administration is using the threat of fiscal watch as a convenient excuse to reduce faculty compensation even though by the administration’s own admission, that threat has passed,” he said.

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Future downtown speakeasy’s name pulls from Dayton history

Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 11:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Joseph Head of the Century Bar in downtown Dayton. File photo by Jim Witmer
Staff Writer
Joseph Head of the Century Bar in downtown Dayton. File photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

If all goes as planned, downtown Dayton will soon have its very own speakeasy. 

Construction is underway for Kette's Kandies Spirited Treats, a Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed cocktail bar behind the Century Bar, 10 S. Jefferson St. in the Fire Blocks District. 

A Facebook page promoting the long-awaited space has just been launched to wet our whistles. 

>> Bourbon expert praises Dayton bar: it “should be in Kentucky”

Kette's will operate in a 2,000-square-foot space behind the Century, one of downtown Dayton’s oldest bars. 

Joseph Head, the Century’s co-owner, expects Kette’s will be open for business this winter or early spring. 

>> RELATED:  What are the oldest bars in downtown Dayton?

Between 1909 and 1913, the Century’s site was the home of Kette & Sons whiskey company.

The whiskey company’s building was destroyed by fire during the Great Flood of 1913. Seeing prohibition looming, the Kettes got out of the whiskey business and opened a candy store.

Plans for the Kette’s Kandies Spirited Treats have changed significantly since Head first announced the project in late 2015. Preliminary construction began in spring of 2016.

Early plans called for Kette's decor to feature "repurposed bar wood" and tables and chairs different from that of The Century Bar next door.

Instead, the owners are going for a swanky cocktail bar with Kette’s. The speakeasy will have seating for up to 80. 

There will be cocktail tables, a granite bar with chandeliers hanging above, a red velvet seating area and a special section for Century’s so-called “bicentennial” members.

Kette's will focus on mixology, while Century specializes in whisky and bourbon.

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Even though the over-the-top speakeasy won’t be open for a few more months, that doesn’t mean you have to wait for its beer.

Kette's Pride, a rye whiskey barrel-aged porter, is the result of a collaboration between the Century and Warped Wing Brewing Co. It will be sold in the brewery’s taproom nearby at 26 Wyandot St.

The porter will be the only beer sold in the cocktail-driven, roaring ‘20s themed speakeasy and poured from a “barrel.”

Head said a whiskey barrel-aged beer was intentionally selected to honor the Kette family. 

“It was a tip of the hat to a long-standing family in Dayton,” he said.

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Springboro to spend $200,000 on land for new park

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

5.7 acres on NW corner Crosley Rd, Lytle-Five Points in Clearcreek Twp.

The Springboro City Council authorized the city manager to pay $190,000 for 5.8 acres of residential property on Lytle-Five Points Road and shift $200,000 in city funds to pay for the land.

The votes during Thursday’s council meeting came on two legislative items added to the agenda and approved on first readings.

Supporters say the new park would help serve residents in an area where most of the city’s growth has happened.

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The land is at 525 W. Lytle-Five Points Road, at the southwest corner of Lytle-Five Points and Crosley Road, in Clearcreek Twp.

City Manager Chris Pozzuto said the seller was Gary Gibson. Property tax records indicate the owners, Gibson and his wife, live nearby on Crosley Road.

The land is valued at $76,270 by the Warren County Auditor’s Office. A home on the property has been removed and a sign indicated it was still up for sale on Friday.

During Thursday’s council work session before the formal meeting, Councilwoman Janie Ridd asked what would happen if the Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees decided not to collaborate with the city on the park.

“We have a lot of options,” Pozzuto said, including leaving the land as green space or reselling it.

MORE: Springboro development could spur $350 million in investment

Previous discussion of the land purchase was in executive session.

On Thursday, the council adjourned into another executive session before returning to approve the purchase during an open meeting.

“While the city has over 400 acres of park land / public open space, most of it lies in the west and southwest parts of the city. There aren’t any public parks in the northeast area of the city, where most of the residential growth has been over the past 10-15 years,” Pozzuto said in a email this morning.

Before the votes, Pozzuto indicated the land could be developed as a park or left as green space.

With Councilman Jim Chmiel absent, the vote on each item was 6-0.

“This will allow the city to develop a park close to many of the newer neighborhoods that have been developed recently. The hope is to create a passive park that would contain open space, picnic shelter(s), playground(s), a small paved walking trail, etc.,” Pozzuto added Friday.

The city’s North Park is 2.4 miles away, across Ohio 741, Main Street in Springboro.

MORE: Developer withdraws plan for development of historic farm

The property sale price is $190,000, with $10,000 for a title search and other work done in anticipation of the sale, according to Pozzuto.

We were unable to reach Clearcreek Twp. officials about the proposed park.

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