TROTWOOD — Congressman Mike Turner allocated $2 million in his budget for the redevelopment of the former Salem Mall site in Trotwood.
For many years, the mall was at the center of community life in Dayton, and when it closed down it was big loss for people.
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“This is a really exciting opportunity for the city,” said Chad Downing, Executive Director of the Trotwood Community Improvement Corporation. “To get this support from Congressman Turner is excellent.”
The Trotwood Community Improvement Corporation is leading the redevelopment of the site.
Like so many who remember the former Salem Mall, Trotwood resident Christopher Hines says he has many memories there.
“If they open this up it would be good for the community in Trotwood,” Hines said. “We all come down have fun, eat dinner, watch a movie, stuff like that.”
In a statement, Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald said “We know that the former Salem mall site is a very important part of the city of Trotwood…Our asking Congressman Turner for support on that site means everything. Simply because we need dollars to make any movement happen.”
It could be several months before Trotwood CIC can use the funding. Until then, Downing told News Center 7 they’ll continue getting community input.
“We could be out into the next year before we see the construction getting to a point of completion,” Downing said.
Mayor McDonald says they originally asked Congressman Turner for $500,000 so to get $2million will make a huge difference in what they are able to do.
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