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Gem City Market food co-op gets a home in northwest Dayton

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 10:28 AM


            The Gem City Market will be built on the 300 and 400 block of Salem Ave., supporters announced Wednesday. The building in the photo will undergo a feasibility study and might be torn down. STAFF/CORNELIUS FROLIK
The Gem City Market will be built on the 300 and 400 block of Salem Ave., supporters announced Wednesday. The building in the photo will undergo a feasibility study and might be torn down. STAFF/CORNELIUS FROLIK

The Gem City Market will be built on the 300 and 400 block of Salem Ave., bringing a full-service grocery store to one of the largest food deserts in the state.

Market supporters this morning announced the location of the market, which will become Dayton’s first worker and community-owned co-operative grocery store.

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The market will be constructed on a vacant lot on the 400 block of Salem, but also the project will involve reusing the abandoned Ken McCallister Inc. art supply property at 300 Salem Ave.

Supporters this morning also announced the kick-off of the capital campaign to raise money to build the grocery store.

The goal is to raise $4.2 million, but more than a third of that investment has already been committed.

The market has a goal of selling 2,000 shares (or memberships) before it opens its doors. Supporters are approaching the half-way mark, with more than 920 memberships sold.

The hope is to open the market in 2019.

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The market, which will employ local residents, will offer fresh produce, meat, goods and other high-quality staple foods.

The market will be a unique draw because it will sell specialty, local and organic products, market supporters said.

Unlike most grocery stores, the Gem City Market will be owned by its workers, customers and community supporters, the market said in a statement.

The market has always been targeted for the lower part of the Salem Avenue corridor. One of the areas previously considered was the 100 block of Salem Avenue.

Market members get special prices and deals on some products, similar to rewards members at grocery stores.

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Members also can vote or run for a seat on the market’s board of directors, get to participate in annual meetings to make decisions about the store and will share in the percentage of profit not reinvested in the store, the market said.

Memberships cost $100. But some people will qualify for a subsidized membership. There are payment plans to help spread out the membership fee.

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At least 8 dead in duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, sheriff says

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:50 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Converted DUK-W amphibious assault craft in use as a tourist bus on the River Thames, Vauxhall, London. A vessel similar to this one capsized on a lake near Branson, Missouri.
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Converted DUK-W amphibious assault craft in use as a tourist bus on the River Thames, Vauxhall, London. A vessel similar to this one capsized on a lake near Branson, Missouri.(Wikicommons)

At least eight people have been confirmed dead in a duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, Thursday just before 7 p.m. Thursday (CT), according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Radar.

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Local media reported as many as 13 people were injured and transported to local hospitals.

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Radar said the boat, which capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area, had 31 people on board, including children, KY3-TV reported

He said an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working security helped rescue people and that recovery efforts were ongoing, with some passengers still missing. A dive team was assisting.

Emergency responders have set up a staging area on the lakeshore near the Showboat Branson Belle, local media reported, although the Belle was not involved in the accident.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 63 mph was measured around 7 p.m. Thursday at Branson Airport. 

“There’s nothing to slow down winds in an open area,” he said.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is watching the developments.

DUKW, known as duck boats, are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War. 

Since then, duck boat tours have become popular and are offered on lakes and rivers around the United States, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Alabama, to name a few.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Multiple vehicle accident reported near W. National Rd. in Springfield

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 7:10 PM

An accident involving three vehicles has been reported in front of 2700 W. National Road in Springfield.

According to scanner reports, Ohio State Highway Patrol units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 6:51 p.m. A second medic is also en route.

One person has reportedly been transported to the hospital, injuries unknown. 

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We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Downtown Dayton developer lands state funds for $18M project

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:14 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

Developer Weyland Ventures plans to spend about $18 million converting the Dayton Motor Car building into new offices. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Developer Weyland Ventures plans to spend about $18 million converting the Dayton Motor Car building into new offices. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The developer behind one of downtown’s hottest new dining and drinking destinations and some of its newest housing has been awarded funding for another project.

The Ohio Development Services Agency today announced it has allocated $1.8 million in state historic tax credits to support the renovation of the Dayton Motor Car building at 15 McDonough St.

Kentucky-based developer Weyland Ventures proposes spending more than $18.2 million to convert the six-story building, just east of the Oregon District, into modern offices for high-tech, creative design and other firms and users.

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Within five years of operation, the building could house about 260 full-time employees, according to Weyland Ventures’ application for state historic tax credits.

“Dayton is kind of our second city at this point,” said Mariah Gratz, the CEO of Weyland Ventures.

Weyland Ventures used about $1.9 million it was awarded in December 2014 to rehab the old Weustoff and Getz building at 210 Wayne Ave. into the Wheelhouse Lofts, which offers 40 apartments.

The building is also home to the popular restaurant and bar the Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse, which opened around St. Patrick’s Day.

Weyland Ventures has completed many projects in Louisville that have helped transform its downtown.

Weyland Ventures says the motor car building, like many others in Dayton, is outdated.

But the firm said it has experience repurposing similar concrete industrial buildings and likes its open floor plates and abundant natural light.

The building, which is about 80,000 square feet, offers in-demand features, like large windows and flexible space configurations, the developer said.

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Gosiger, a robotics and technology company headquartered at 108 McDonough St., plans to occupy space in the building. Bill Weyland, the principal of Weyland Ventures, and the owner of Gosiger have been friends for decades.

Weyland Ventures plans to rehab the exterior of the building and put in new HVAC and mechanical and electrical systems, which will remain exposed inside.

The building’s eastern facade will be cleaned, repaired and repainted. The historic windows will be repaired or replaced.

Weyland Ventures hopes to get construction underway by the end of the year, with a roughly 12-month construction schedule, Gratz said.

Converting the building into offices will help build on the momentum in downtown and the Webster Station area, which is a hotbed of new housing, restaurants and breweries, the firm said.

Weyland Ventures’ development of the Wheelhouse and the Dayton Motor Car building are part of its efforts to create a new district called Oregon East.

The new district seeks to offer a mix of housing, entertainment, dining and drinking establishments and other amenities.

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Future projects are expected to fill in some of the space between the historic structures with new construction, likely of housing and other components that make it a place where people want to be, Gratz said.

Weyland Ventures also has acquired Saint Paul Lutheran Church, located at 239 Wayne Ave., and is looking for tenants.

“We think it could make a fantastic restaurant or entertainment venue,” Gratz said.

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General store employee diagnosed with hepatitis A in Wayne County, Indiana

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:24 PM

A case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at Casey's General Store located at 704 E. Main Street in Centerville, IN. 

According to a press release issued by the Wayne County Health Department, an investigation found the employee worked while ill on July 5.

Anyone who consumed food or drink that was prepared at the store on or between July 5 to July 12 is advised to receive a vaccination by July 26 to prevent illness. 

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The Wayne County Health Department, located at 201 E. Main St. in Richmond, is administering vaccines on Thursday, July 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. Those receiving vaccinations are asked to enter through the building's North door at the Environmental Division's office. 

The health department is also urging anyone who believes they may be affected to:

  • Monitor health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food
  • Stay at home and contact healthcare provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. The virus spreads when an infected person does not wash his/her hands adequately after using the toilet or engages in behaviors that increase risk of infection.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes may also appear. People can become ill up to seven weeks after exposure.

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Careful hand washing, including under the fingernails, with soap and water, along with vaccination of anyone at risk of infection, will prevent the spread of this disease. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hepatitis A vaccination for the following groups:

  • All children at age one year
  • Travelers to countries that have high rates of hepatitis A
  • Family members and caregivers of recent adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common
  • Men who have sexual contact with other men
  • People who use injection and non-injection illegal drugs
  • People with chronic (lifelong) liver diseases, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C
  • People who are treated with clotting-factor concentrates
For more information, contact the Wayne County Health Department at 765-973-9245 or the Wayne County Community Health Center at 765-973-9294.

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