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Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 6:53 AM
JEFFERSON TWP., Greene County — UPDATE @ 11:40 a.m.
A trooper and wrong-way driver suffered minor injuries in a collision this morning on southbound Interstate 71 in Greene County Saturday morning.
All lanes of the highway have reopened after an Ohio State Highway Patrol investigation.
UPDATE @ 8:33 a.m.
A trooper was involved in a crash after a vehicle traveled the wrong way on I-71 in Jefferson Twp. Saturday.
According to troopers, the trooper nearly avoided being hit head on as the vehicle was going southbound on the northbound side. The trooper was forced into the median, but was able to catch up and stop the vehicle.
Troopers say that alcohol and drugs do not seem to be a factor.
Crews will remain at the scene for a couple of hours. The left lane of I-71 south is closed. A crash reconstrucion unit is on scene.
Both the driver and the trooper were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with minor injuries.
Greene County crews responded to a report of a head-on collision on I-71 South in Jefferson Twp.
Initial reports indicate a state trooper was involved in the crash, and that a driver was going the wrong way.
CareFlight was on standby and then was canceled.
It is unknown exactly how many vehicles were involved.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:05 PM
A giant cardboard check presented tonight was a giant leap forward for efforts to open Dayton’s first food cooperative, the Gem City Market.
KeyBank announced it has awarded $100,000 to help with the project to build a community-owned, full-service grocery store on the 300 and 400 block of Salem Ave., which is located in one of the largest food deserts in the state.
With KeyBank’s commitment, the market has now raised about 40 percent of its $4.2 million capital campaign goal.
“Our partners at KeyBank are joining the fight” against hunger, said Tony Hall, with the Hall Hunger Initiative.
But that’s not the only good news that was shared at the market’s community meeting tonight.
The food co-op has now sold about 1,385 shares, which is nearly 70 percent of the its membership goal.
The market seeks to have at least 2,000 members by the time the grocery store opens, which is planned for 2019, supporters say. The market had about 920 memberships in mid-May.
Gem City Market will be built on a vacant lot on the 400 block of Salem Avenue and will involve the former Ken McCallister Inc. art supply property at 300 Salem Ave.
Market supporters say do not yet know if the vacant art supply structure will be renovated and incorporated into the project or if it will be demolished.
This is the second major financial boost the market has received in the last 10 days. Last week, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley accepted a $150,000 CommunityWINS grant, from the American Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo.
KeyBank wants to lift up the communities it serves, and this will give the community a place where it can get healthy food, said Joey Williams, KeyBank president.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:13 AM
A sobriety checkpoint will be set up tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at two locations in Dayton.
The first will be around East Third and Terry streets, near Taqueria Mixteca restaurant. After that, the checkpoint will move to South Keowee Street near East Fifth Street in the Oregon District.
The checkpoint will be operated by the Dayton Police Department, along with members of the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.
The OVI Task Force seeks to reduce the number of crashes involving drunken and intoxicated drivers.
“Driving while impaired is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on the roadway,” police said.
In 2017, there were 594 crashes involving alcohol in Montgomery County.
Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 @ 5:55 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:54 AM
— After closing for more than 600 days, one of Cox Arboretum MetroPark’s most popular amenities has reopened.
Reconstruction of the 65-foot-tall tree tower took place over the winter. Here’s what we know about the reopening of Cox Arboretum MetroPark Tree Tower:
1. CLOSING TIME
The tower closed in September 2016 after crews found soft spots in the structure’s three support logs. Fungus developed in the wood, and the tower was closed for safety reasons. Engineers determined the logs needed to be replaced.
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2. SIGNIFICANT COST
The $475,000 tower, which first opened in October 2012, was funded by the James M. Cox Jr. Arboretum Foundation and Five Rivers MetroParks. The tower’s observation deck provides sweeping views.
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3. ICONIC STRUCTURE
“We have worked diligently to restore this iconic structure to its original beauty and ensure that the tree tower can be enjoyed by the public for many years to come,” said Carrie Scarff, MetroParks chief of planning and projects.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:14 AM
— 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.
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.
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.
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.