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Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
— Good Samaritan Hospital is closing, but its leaders say they are committed to a project that has brought $70 million in investment to the neighborhoods around the facility.
Good Sam, which is owned by Premier Health, is a central part of the Phoenix Project — a 15-year-old partnership aimed at improving and expanding housing, economic activities and community amenities in the northwestern section of Dayton.
Phoenix Project partners have demolished dozens of blighted properties, constructed new homes, upgraded infrastructure, added new amenities, lured new businesses and investment and developed a new northwestern gateway into the city.
Losing Good Sam, a huge employer, is expected to be a blow to northwest Dayton, but Premier Health officials say the next phase of the Phoenix Project will help ensure the hospital property is redeveloped in the right way for the community.
“We’re not going anywhere,” said Craig Self, Premier Health’s chief strategy officer. “We’re not like other businesses who made decisions then packed up and left town — we are an anchor institution, and our board takes that very seriously.”
The Phoenix Project, which dates back to about 2003, was launched to help change the image of the upper Salem Avenue corridor, retain and leverage economic activities in the area and improve the quality of life for local residents.
The project’s main partners have been the hospital, the city of Dayton and CityWide.
To clean up and improve the area, the partners pitched in money for transportation enhancements, acquisition and demolition of blight, development of new homes, a new neighborhood gateway and police patrols.
The city of Dayton invested more than $11 million as part of the project, and Premier Health (Good Sam) invested about $13 million. The project leveraged another $45 million in private investment, partners said.
The Phoenix Project will transition into a second phase called “Phoenix Forward,” which will focus on shaping the future of the 13-acre hospital site, said Self.
Premier Health’s board has allocated $10 million to help fund the redevelopment of the property. Plans for the site will be created using community feedback from public events including a community forum that is scheduled for March 22.
Plans for the site will be created using community feedback from public events.
Premier has not made any decisions about the site, and other than new inpatient beds, the organization will consider all ideas from the community, officials said.
“We’re getting a lot of questions about what we think is the right use and what we think the options are, and we really don’t want to jump that far ahead and bias the community or discount ideas that may be out there,” said Buddy LaChance, Premier Health’s director of real estate services. “We really want the community to have a voice in this.”
Premier will be thoughtful and purposeful about how it approaches remaking the site, and the plan is to come back with a redevelopment recommendation for its future sometime around August, Self said.
Premier will host host two community forums, as part of the Phoenix Forward project, on March 22. The first session will be at 1 p.m. at the Fairview United Methodist Church at 828 W. Fairview Ave. The second will be at 1 p.m. at Fairview PreK-8 School at 2314 Elsmere Ave.
DAYTON QUICK READS
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:55 AM
— This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast, Joey Picca sits down with Kirstie and McCall to talk about his role at the Storm Prediction Center.
The SPC is part of the National Weather Service and is one of nine Centers for Environmental Prediction across the country. The SPC, especially in the spring and summer, is busy producing products that help give timely and accurate outlooks and watches for severe weather.
Joey Picca is now an outlook/mesoscale forecaster at the SPC which is in Norman, Oklahoma. As a forecaster at the SPC, his primary duties include: issuing outlook and near-term forecasts for severe, fire, and winter weather across the contiguous United States. Picca first worked was a meteorologist at NWS New York, NY, where he supported operations for numerous high-impact events such as Hurricane Sandy and the Northeast Blizzard of February 2013.
Every day Picca has to tell the weather story of the entire country, first starting broad and zooming closer and closer until he is pin-pointing where severe weather could occur. The Convective Outlooks he produces are important in the Miami Valley and are just one tool the Storm Center 7 team uses when developing local forecasts each day.
Picca gives an in-depth and honest look at the interesting job he has in the field of meteorology as well as some of the stressors he must overcome.
“The atmosphere really knows how to slap you over the head and say, 'Oh, I've got many tricks up my sleeve,'" explained Picca.
You can subscribe anytime to Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast so you won’t miss an episode. You can listen download episodes from Apple iTunes, Google Play, Sticher and right here on https://www.whio.com/whio-radio/on-demand/.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:38 AM
— Photos showcasing empty buildings in Xenia and Middletown are leading the four finalists in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest.
Voting continues until May 29 to choose a winner among the four, which are featured on Heritage Ohio’s website. The page has garnered more than 25,000 views since it was launched.
To cast your vote, visit the photo contest page.
The Xenia entry features the Eavey Building at 17 West Third Street. Co-owner Jennifer Dunn took the photo of a bicycle with loaded side-baskets inside the former grocery warehouse.
The Middletown entry is of the bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, the city’s tallest structure built in 1930.
“The City of Middletown believes that this building has the potential to be converted into a destination location for premier space for offices, retail, and restaurants as well as offer luxury apartments for those wanting to get away from the suburban lifestyle and reconnect with their community,” according to the photo’s description.
The description on the Eavey Building offers the potential uses for the 90,000 square-foot structure, which was built in 1908.
“This ... behemoth has the potential to be your son’s first home away from home, your mom’s loft, your favorite bike shop, a delish restaurant, your daughter’s wedding venue, where you heard that brilliant new band, an intimate wine and cheese shop, and a “kickbooty” penthouse bar,” according to the description.
As of this morning, the Goetz Tower photo is first, with 43 percent of the votes; The Eavey Building’s photo is close behind with 39 percent of the vote.
The winner of the contest will receive an award for best photo, which will be featured on the cover of Heritage Ohio’s quarterly publication and be recognized at the Heritage Ohio Conference in the fall.
Heritage Ohio is “Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization” with a mission to preserve historic structures and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, according to the website.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:45 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:46 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @3:48 a.m.
Four people were injured, including one person who was ejected, when a car fleeing troopers lost control and overturned.
The pursuit started in the area of Shoup Mill Road near Riverside Drive when the car, which was clocked going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, failed to stop for a trooper, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Brent Johnson.
The car accelerated to approximately 90 mph, lost control, drove over the right side the roadway and overturned multiple times in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike, less than a mile from where the pursuit started.
One person was ejected and all four occupants were injured, Johnson said. All were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.
It’s unknown why the car fled.
The driver will likely face fleeing and eluding charges.
A vehicle that fled from troopers early Friday morning has crashed resulting in multiple injuries, according to reports.
The vehicle crashed in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike around 2:30 a.m. Initial reports indicate the vehicle rolled multiple times, and as a many as four people may be injured.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Coroner called to crash, car fire in Trotwood
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
TROTWOOD — The Montgomery County Coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.
The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.