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Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
— The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority has tools to help redevelop the Good Samaritan Hospital site, trustees of the authority said Monday.
Last week, Premier Health announced that it was closing the hospital in Northwest Dayton, saying the site would be shuttered within a year, with 1,600 employees being transitioned to other Premier locations in the area.
Rick Poole, a trustee of the Port Authority, said that even before last week’s announcement, however, fellow trustees had discussed how to do more for the west side of the city and the community in a planning meeting last month.
“I think there is even more opportunity to focus on the west side of the city,” Poole, owner of Natural Foods Plus in Dayton, said at a trustees meeting Monday.
Jerry Brunswick, the Port Authority’s president and executive director, agreed.
“The importance for all of that stuff has now accelerated,” Brunswick told Poole and his fellow trustees. “There’s going to be a shovel ready site.”
Leaders of Premier said they hope to work with Dayton city government and local stakeholders on positioning the Good Sam site for the future.
Later, Brunswick said the Port Authority has several tools at its disposal, including a $14 million bond fund shared with the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority. From that fund, both organizations can issue bonds that can help finance development in their respective service areas.
Port Authorities can also offer sales tax exemptions on construction projects and get construction started quickly in “no bid” projects, he added.
The Port Authority is also involved in redevelopment of the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds, today owned by Premier and the University of Dayton.
“We’ve got unused capacity as it stands,” Brunswick said.
He said neither Premier nor city government have yet approached the Port Authority for help.
“I think Premier and CityWide (Development Corp., the city’s private development arm) know about our capabilities,” Brunswick said.
After the meeting, Poole said addressing needs in that part of the community is more important than ever.
“We have started to take the initiative even before that devastating announcement,” said Poole, whose business is located at 2901 Philadelphia Drive, about two miles from Good Samaritan.
The Columbus firm planning NEXT will be involved in redevelopment of the hospital site on Philadelphia.
No date for demolition of the hospital has been set, since it will be operating until the end of the year.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
— The University of Dayton will soon build another campus building, this one expected to serve as home to the Dayton Development Coalition, the Dayton Foundation and the college’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.
This is not just another campus building, but a new structure in the southern part of the city that has long been ripe for development potential — and has seen plenty of development already.
Here are four things to know about the announcement:
The to-be-constructed building at 1401 S. Main St. will be located between Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center and Universal 1 Credit Union. It will be 38,000 square feet and will include offices for each organization along with shared meeting spaces, according to UD.
The university plans to launch construction this year. Once construction starts, the new facility will take only a year to build, said UD provost Paul Benson.
2. The process is far along
But it’s not quite final yet. The last details are being worked out.
Both the foundation and the development coalition have signed letters of intent to lease space in the new facility, UD said Friday. Both the foundation and the coalition are today located downtown in the Kettering Tower, Dayton’s tallest building.
The new building will put the coalition within steps of General Electric’s $51 million EPIScenter, which opened in 2013, and Emerson’s $35 million Helix Innovation Center built in 2016.
3. Growing is what UD does
Building and expanding have become UD hallmarks in nearly the past two decades.
We are proud to further partner with @DaytonFdn and the Dayton Development Coalition, now under one roof. A new academic and office facility at 1401 S. Main St. will house these community partners and the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. Read more: https://t.co/ysM4ZchlL8 pic.twitter.com/eCjCIitDvX— University of Dayton (@univofdayton) May 18, 2018
Land purchases more than a decade ago set the stage for the EPIScenter and the Emerson Helix buildings.
In 2005, UD — then under the leadership of UD President Daniel Curran (today, UD president emeritus) — finalized the purchase of 49 acres of NCR Corp. property for $25 million. The property ran from Brown Street to the Great Miami River.
Then, more than four years later, UD purchased 115 acres, including NCR’s former world headquarters at 1700 S. Patterson Blvd. and the 48-acre Old River Park property, for $18 million.
That land today is home to UD’s second biggest building (the former NCR HQ) and is considered the university’s “River Campus.”
By 2009, UD had already invested more than $200 million in new construction and renovation just in the past decade.
4. The former fairgrounds are nearby
Meanwhile, the just-announced building will be close to the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds off South Main, across from Miami Valley Hospital.
UD and Premier Health jointly own those fairgrounds — and the future awaits that property.
The 38-acre fairgrounds redevelopment is one of the most anticipated projects in recent Dayton history. Though Premier and UD have not made a final decision for the fairgrounds, they’ve proposed a number of ideas that include housing, retail and green space.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 9:59 AM
— Three big Ohio cities are among the top 10 cities with the most workers seeking to move to jobs elsewhere, according to a list from Glassdoor, a job and recruiting web site.
Cincinnati is No. 9 and Cleveland is No. 10 on that list, according to Glassdoor. Columbus finds itself ranked at No. 6.
A city in Rhode Island led that list of the most workers applying elsewhere for employment, the company said.
“The college town of Providence, R.I. topped the list of cities with the highest percentage (52.2 percent) of candidates in the metro applying for jobs elsewhere,” the site said. “Specifically, this means that more than half of job seekers in Providence are applying to jobs in other areas.”
The percentage of job seekers in Cincinnati applying for jobs in others cities was 36.2 percent, according to Glassdoor. In Cleveland, that percentage was 35.3 percent. Columbus — home of course to Ohio’s biggest university, Ohio State University — the percentage was 41.4 percent.
One of the cities to which job-seekers in Cincinnati were most likely to apply, interestingly, is Dayton, according to the study.
In fact, among the top 10 job destinations for applicants in Cincinnati is Dayton, the study said, second only to New York City.
The top two hoped-for destinations among job seekers are San Francisco, California and New York City, the study claims.
Glassdoor said the information is based on applications on its own web site, based on a sample of more than 668,000 online job applications started on Glassdoor from January 8 to 14 this year, for the 40 largest metro areas in the United States.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM
Homes are hot again, and values have been creeping back up for years. In some markets, values have even been restored to pre-recession peaks and beyond.
One challenge in the Dayton area, however, has been a relative lack of inventory of available homes, Realtors have told this media outlet for months.
That squeezed inventory tends to drive prices up, creating a seller’s market and forcing shoppers to move quickly when they find the home that’s right for them.
Compounding the problem has a slowing in the building of new homes.
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
— A next-day delivery service from Target isn’t available in Dayton yet -- but “stay tuned,” Target is saying.
The retail company announced that it is offering “Target Restock,” a next-day delivery service of household goods, available “coast to coast,” the company said.
But a cursory search on the Target Restock web site showed that the service isn’t yet available in Dayton-area ZIP codes yet.
That may change in time, the company said.
“Apologies for the disappointment, but stay tuned,” the company’s @AskTarget Twitter account said Thursday. “Target Restock will continue to launch in several markets throughout 2018.”
The deliveries are free for all Target REDcard purchases, and cost $2.99 for other orders. There is no membership fee, the company said.
The service will reach “more than 75 percent” of the U.S. population, Target said.
But not the Dayton area, at least not yet. A quick search at the Restock site Thursday morning of Dayton-area ZIP codes show that the service doesn’t appear to be available in this area, at least for the moment.
Search attempts for ZIP codes linked to suburbs south and east of Dayton show that the service isn’t yet available in those areas either.
Customers may order household goods online by 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and have “Restock boxes” delivered the next day.
Apologies for the disappointment, but stay tuned. Target Restock will continue to launch in several markets throughout 2018.— AskTarget (@AskTarget) May 17, 2018
“Target Restock is another way we’re making life easier for our busy, budget-conscious guests,” Dawn Block, Target’s senior vice president of digital, said in an announcement. “Our guests love the speed and convenience of the service. And now that Target Restock is an even better value, we think the service will become increasingly popular.”