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Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 9:31 AM
— On a section of East Third Street where there’s nearly as many vacant stores as occupied ones, good things are happening behind closed doors because of some local entrepreneurs.
Work is underway to give a former funeral home new life as an antiques marketplace and coffee shop.
A tire shop that closed is being cleared out and may become a pizzeria that has won over diners in northeast Ohio.
A coffee roasting operation has moved into an abandoned garage.
And a shuttered donut shop that has been collecting dust has been bought by someone who wants to reopen it as a bar and restaurant.
In parts of Dayton, big-time developers are behind the projects that are reviving formerly distressed areas.
But in the Huffman historic area, it’s some ambitious residents and entrepreneurs who are driving the revitalization efforts.
“It’s a lot of work, but we are bringing the character back to this historic building,” said Ashlee Haselby, who is helping renovate the former Morris Sons funeral home property at 1807 E. Third St.
The East Third Street business corridor, east of Keowee Street, is home to a Mexican food restaurant (Taqueria Mixteca), some service providers (U-Haul Moving and Storage, Laundromato), a few pawn shops and other small businesses including a beauty salon, a smoke shop, a gas station and a cell phone store.
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But it was the opening of an arcade-bar called DK Effect last year that got some people excited that the Huffman area business district may be headed toward a more robust revival.
DK Effect, which opened in an old cell phone accessories store at 1600 E. Third St., is a popular watering hole among local residents, offering craft beers, mixed drinks and classic arcade video games and carnival-type games, like Skee-ball.
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But the business also is a destination that attracts fun-seekers from across the Dayton area. Customers can order delivery from Taqueria Mixteca, whose food is one of east Dayton’s big draws.
DK Effect co-owner Tony Clark has long said he expects to make other investments in the neighborhood, including his plan to bring a new pizzeria to a tire shop close to the bar-arcade.
Hardwood Holdings LLC, which Clark incorporated, purchased the tire shop at 1528 E. Third St. for $100,300 in mid-January. Earlier this year, Clark registered the business name Gionino’s Pizzeria of Dayton LLC.
Gionino’s is a pizza franchise that has about 44 locations in northeast Ohio, primarily concentrated in between Cleveland and Canton. The closest Gionino’s to Dayton is in Mansfield, and there are no locations in southwest Ohio.
Clark, who did not return requests for comment for this story, also is the majority stakeholder of ADJ Holdings LLC.
In 2015, ADJ Holdings purchased the former Morris Sons funeral home property, which consists of three interconnected buildings on the 1800 block of East Third Street.
The former funeral home is about one-tenth of a mile east of DK Effect. The buildings, which combined have about 20,000 square feet of space, have been empty for many years.
But 32-year-old Haselby is renovating the structures with plans to create an antiques mall and coffee shop.
Haselby and Clark have partnered together on the project.
The antiques mall, which will have multiple vendors, will be spread across two structures that were once residences but were connected to help create a funeral home complex.
The antiques marketplace will be called the City Railway Exchange, a nod to East Third Street’s old rail car system.
The City Railway Exchange is targeting an end-of-summer opening date, while Haselby hopes to open the coffee shop by year’s end.
One of the closest antiques mall is Antiques Village in Centerville, which is about a 20-minute drive from the City Railway Exchange, Haselby said.
The marketplace hopefully will bring visitors to the Huffman area while capturing some of the business of the many motorists who travel on East Third, oftentimes heading to downtown from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base or vice versa, she said.
The coffee shop and cafe will have Victorian-themed furniture and tables, but the space will be decorated in artifacts and memorabilia that celebrate Dayton’s industrial history, Haselby said.
The coffee shop has brick archways and all three buildings have wood floors, exposed brick walls and the original historical windows, with divided lights. The upstairs of the coffee shop will have meeting room and a free library for visitors take or leave books.
Haselby personally expects to invest about $200,000 in the funeral home buildings, which includes other capital expenses like coffee equipment.
“When this was built, it was built pretty regal, so a lot of my work and a lot of my expense is just bringing that back,” Haselby said.
The cafe concept will be akin to craft beer bars that offer taps from multiple breweries, she said. The cafe will sell coffee products from a variety of local roasters.
One of those roasters will be Twisted River Coffee Roaster, which began operating in a garage behind the funeral home last year, after relocating from a residence near West Milton.
Owner Daniel Clayton said he is roasting about 200 pounds of coffee each week and his products are sold in Dorothy Lane Market, Dot’s Market in Bellbrook and other stores.
Clayton said he wanted to be in a space that would allow his business to grow and that was near downtown — the region’s activity center.
“Third Street is the main corridor between the base and downtown, so you are going to draw from that,” he said.
And more investment in the area is expected.
Alex Smith, 31, spent about $20,000 to buy a two-story commercial building at 1712 E. Third St. that formerly was Thackers donut shop. The shop went out of business in 2013.
Smith is the co-owner of S&S Meat, which is a barbecue food truck that most regularly is parked outside of DK Effect.
Smith plans to open a restaurant and bar in a building tentatively called “Selly’s Ditch.”
The name comes from a canal that brought financial ruin to the man who built it and who also happened to serve as Dayton’s mayor in the 1800s.
Smith said he was attracted to the building because of its historical qualities and location.
The commercial space is about 1,200 square feet, and Smith is considering opening a bar with a variety of taps and a restaurant that serves sliders or sandwiches, with a large assortment of toppings. He hopes to open a patio area as well.
“There’s a lot going on Third Street right now,” he said. “I want to be part of something cool.”
He said one inspiration is HammerHeads in Louisville, Ky., which is a gastropub and smokehouse that the city’s hometown paper described as an “essential dive” or hole-in-the-hall.
Smith said he has been assembling bar and kitchen equipment.
He also has a growing collection of Dayton-centric decorations to hang inside the business, including posters from Hara Arena, sports memorabilia and some quirky items. He said his next steps include developing firm site plans.
Realistically, he said, the business won’t open until 2019.
Clark, Haselby and other local entrepreneurs’ investments in the Huffman area, Smith said, is creating urban vibrancy and making it increasingly livable.
“Come to Huffman, put a little money into it, and you can live really well,” he said.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:10 PM
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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: Very warm and humid with scattered clouds, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs says. Temperatures will reach the lower 80s, but the weather will feel warmer because of the humidity. Some scattered showers and storms will develop in the northern Miami Valley late this afternoon and spread south into the evening. A couple of storms may become intense, with locally heavy rain and gusty wind. Storms will taper later tonight, with the weather to remain mild and temperatures in the middle 60s. A few areas of patchy fog are possible late.
Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.
Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.
Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD TWP., CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 1:27 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital after a car rammed into a house on South Bird Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
According to the preliminary investigation, a female was driving north when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and rammed the front of the house, where the resident was asleep.
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That resident has been taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, suffering from minor injuries. The driver was not injured, according to troopers.
South Bird Road will be shut down at Laybourne Road in both directions until further notice.
Police, sheriff’s deputies, OSP and the gas company are on the scene of a car into a house in the 200 block of South Bird and Laybourne roads in Springfield Twp.
The incident occurred moments ago. Unknown on injuries.
We will update this developing report as we get information.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:17 PM
Dayton — A professor of toxicology and environmental health says Dayton and Montgomery County residents should expect regular monitoring and public updates about water quality in the wake of test results showing the low-level presence of potentially dangerous chemicals.
However, Rita Loch-Caruso, a professor of toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan, said it’s too soon to recommend buying new household water filtration systems as a cautionary measure.
Loch-Caruso said similar levels of PFAS have been found in Ann Arbor drinking water, where she lives, and she has not purchased a water filtration system.
“It certainly is low,” she said. “I would say it’s something for the people and for the city to start to pay attention to, and to keep paying attention to.”
“We certainly don’t know everything there is know about PFAS (polyfluoralkyl substances), and PFAS are a difficult group of chemicals to study because there are so many variations of them,” Loch-Caruso said.
PFAS is a substance once used as a firefighting foam at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The chemical has infiltrated groundwater and prompted the shutdown of several Dayton water wells and has now been detected in drinking water bound for customers.
Dayton and Montgomery County are sending customers notices with the results of recent testing of treated water leaving the city’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. The results of March testing show PFAS detected at a level of 7 to 13 parts per trillion.
Officials stress that level is significantly below the EPA health advisory limit of 70 ppt (parts per trillion) for lifetime exposure, but it marks the first time PFAS have been detected in water after the treatment process.
Loch-Caruso said that if she lived in Dayton, “I’d pay attention.”
“I would like to see my city doing regular monitoring and publishing the results of the concentrations,” she said. “I would like to see a plan for monitoring — how is the city going to watch this?”
Michael Powell, director of the city of Dayton Water Department, said Wednesday the city has monitored the situation and will continue to test concentration levels.
“I drink it every day,” Powell said of Dayton’s water.
One part per trillion is comparable to finding one grain of sand in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, he said.
The discovered concentration levels “are right on the edge of the detection levels that the latest tests are able to detect,” he said.
In fact, they are so low, the levels are labeled by testing labs as “estimated,” he said.
Joe Tuss, Montgomery County administrator, said county leaders will work to coordinate with Dayton to make sure testing protocols are consistent.
“As the entity that has the community asset that is the well fields and water treatment facilities, we want to make sure we are working in concert with the city and certainly making sure they are taking the lead in any activities around this whole PFAS issue,” Tuss said.