International students at Miami regionals to occupy apartments in former Ohio Casualty building

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 12:46 PM

Jerry Martin, Regional director of the English Learning Center program at Miami University Middletown, talks about the success of the program.

International students who will attend Miami University regional campuses next school year will live in apartments in the former Ohio Casualty building in Hamilton.

Those students will occupy 16 two-bedroom apartments on the seventh floor under a lease agreement signed by a Chinese-based company called Quest. The students will fill those spaces in mid-July.

“So, we’re on a fast track,” said Justin Lichter, vice president of Los Angeles-based IRG (Industrial Realty Group), which owns the building, now rebranded as Third + Dayton for an intersection at its location.

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Chinese students studying at Miami University’s Middletown campus already have been participating in a similar English-immersion program through Quest.

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At the same time, IRG also will be building market-rate housing on the eighth floor that will be available to the general public. That will include four two-bedroom units and 22 one-bedroom units that should be able to be occupied in August.

“The City has worked closely with IRG for several years to reactivate the former Ohio Casualty complex,” said Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith, who gave his State of the City speech in the building last year to show off the space and its possibilities.

“We are thrilled with IRG’s new branding of Third + Dayton, and look forward to seeing their mixed-use project continue to make progress in the coming months and years.”

The company plans to soon have renderings of what the public spaces will look like.

The complex of three buildings, two of which are connected, contains about 450,000 square feet of space and once housed 1,000 employees. One of the buildings is six stories, and IRG plans to put in offices and other uses there.

One future possibility for space in the complex is one of the hotels that officials say will be needed to serve the proposed gigantic indoor sports and convention-center complex being built on North B Street that is called Spooky Nook at Champion Mill.