environment as well as prolonging thatbuilding’s life. According to Norm Essman,Dayton’sDirector of Economic Development,greenbuilding features that could be utilizedwithin Tech Town include natural lighting,energy-efficient window and door fixtures,rooftop gardens and extensive outdoorlandscaping.Essman believes,in additionto being eco-friendly,these features willhelp set Tech Town apart from other officedevelopments and will attract tenants.One such tenant—the first official TechTown tenant—is Weston Solutions Inc.,which has been managing the cleanup ofthe Tech Town site.The company,which isbased in West Chester,Pennsylvania andhas offices in Miamisburg and other cities,plans on moving 30 of its employees to anew 40,000-square-foot building in thespring of 2007.
Health of Dayton’s HospitalNeighborhoods Improving
Appropriately enough,the Genesis Projectwas the beginningof a healthy newdevelopment trendin Dayton.Thehighly successfuleffort to revitalizethe Fairgroundsneighborhood adjacentto Miami Valley Hospitalhas been followed by similarefforts in neighborhoods andbusiness districts around the city’sother major hospitals.Following is a brief summary of hospital development projects completed or inprogress in Dayton:
Miami Valley HospitalThe Genesis Project
The Genesis Project was a public-private collaboration led by the City of Dayton,the University of Dayton,Miami Valley Hospital,and CityWide DevelopmentCorporation.The goal was to revitalize the Fairgrounds Neighborhoodand the Brown-Warren business district,both of which areadjacent to Miami Valley Hospital.During the course of thefour-year initiative,41 deteriorated structures were removed,11 existing single-family houses were rehabilitated,and23 new houses were constructed—all of which werebought.In addition,the entire neighborhood’s curbs,sidewalks and street surfaces were replaced and100 trees were planted.While most activities related to the Genesis Project werecompleted by late 2003,its success has inspired a surge innew business openings and business renovations along the eastend of Brown Street.New businesses include Joey Eric House ofStyle,Panera Bread,Nothing but Noodles,Chipotle,Dewey’s Pizza,ColdStone Creamery,and a new,larger location for Milano’s Atlantic CitySubs.The Flower Shoppe is also in the process of moving to a new,largerbuilding just down the block from its current location.
Good Samaritan HospitalThe Phoenix Project
The Phoenix Project is a public-private partnership that isinvesting millions of dollars for redevelopment activities inthe greater Fairview neighborhood over a five-yearperiod.Primary partners are the City of Dayton,GoodSamaritan Hospital,and CityWide DevelopmentCorporation.Goals of the project include improvinghomeownership through new construction andrehabilitation of single-family homes,and improvingthe appearance and function of upper Salem Avenueas a gateway to the hospital and neighborhood.The Cityof Dayton and Good Samaritan have each pledged $5million to these efforts,and project manager CityWide is providing a $1 millionloan pool for secondary financing in the form of home improvement loans andcommercial loans.Two incentive plans have been established to encourage Good Samaritan Hospitalemployees and others to buy homes in the Phoenix Project area.In addition,thePhoenix Home Improvement Loan program is enabling existing homeowners to improvetheir homes.Through REAP (Real Estate Acquisition Program),the Phoenix team hasidentified and begun legal action on 30 parcels that arenegatively impacting the neighborhood.It has alsoestablished partnerships with youth agencies andDayton Public Schools in order to enhance thequality of life for the area’s youngsters.Amongmany other developments,Phoenix investorshave acquired the Miracle Lane shoppingcenter with the goal of converting it to anoffice/retail facility,and the Phoenix staff isworking to strengthen area businessesthrough outreach and strategic programs.
Grandview Hospital The Renaissance Project
The Renaissance Project is a broad-basedalliance of community partners workingtogether to revitalize the GraftonHills neighborhood that surrounds Grandview Hospital.The allianceincludes Grandview Hospital,the Dayton Art Institute,theMasonic Temple,the Greek Orthodox Church,and a variety ofneighborhood associations and other organizations.Goals ofthe Renaissance Project include improving the trans-portation infrastructure within the area,expanding thecampuses of both Grandview Hospital and the Dayton ArtInstitute,developing a shared parking facility,strength-ening the neighborhood’s housing stock throughreinvestment,and creating new amenities and services inthe area between Main Street and Salem Avenue.
Children’s Medical Center
Some may argue that Dayton Children’s actually began the trend ofhospital/neighborhood collaborations more than 20 years ago when itcontributed more than $1 million for renovations in the Old North Dayton area andhelped form the Old North Dayton Development Corporation.Since then,DaytonChildren’s,also known as the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton,has madenumerous contributions that benefit residents of the surrounding area,includinghousing renovations,job training programs,and providing staff members for thedevelopment group’s board.Today,Dayton Children’s is actively working with theCity of Dayton,area businesses and the Old North Dayton Development Corporationto develop a new strategic plan for neighborhood development efforts. All of these projects are contributing to Dayton’s growing reputation as a city thatknows how to get various groups to work together toward the common goal ofneighborhood revitalization.And the health care connection is crucial.“The healthcare portion of our local economy is already very strong,and we need to make sureit keeps growing even stronger,”said Norm Essman,Dayton’s Director of EconomicDevelopment.“This trend of projects designed to revitalize areas around Dayton’shospitals is one very exciting step in that direction.”
Fairview Elementary School,Fairview Neighborhood (Phoenix Project)
Students from Holy Angels school perform community service yardwork in the Fairview Neighborhood as part of the Phoenix Project.As part of the Phoenix Project,homeowners in the Fairview Neighborhood are eligible for home repair grants.The Miracle Lane shopping center is being converted to an office/retail facility.(Phoenix Project)