Everything’s Coming Up Green at Tech Town
What color comes to mind when you think of Tech Town? For those familiar with the most recent developments related to the planned district on the eastern edge of downtown Dayton, the answer is clear: green! Not only has the Tech Town development team embraced certain green design and construction standards, the area often referred to as “Tech Town North” was recently given the green light for new construction by the Ohio EPA.

Ohio EPA Declares Site Clean
The Ohio EPA has declared that the 11.1-acre Detrick Street property (formerly the site of GH&R Foundry) is now considered acceptable for commercial or industrial redevelopment. The Detrick Street site, located across the Mad River (at the Webster Street Bridge) from the main campus of Tech Town, had some environmental issues as a result of past foundry activities. The declaration by the Ohio EPA represents the completion of Dayton’s participation in Ohio EPA’s voluntary action program (VAP), in which property owners take the initiative to clean up contamination. As part of this project, the city partnered with Select International, a nearby company that plans to buy the cleaned-up land. The city received financial assistance for the clean-up from the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund, the State of Ohio, and the US Economic Development Administration. Weston Solutions will be Tech Town’s first tenant

Green Buildings Will Enhance Tech Town
In other Tech Town news, the Tech Town team has announced that certain “green building” techniques will be utilized in the design and construction of Tech Town. The term green building refers to ecologically friendly standards aimed at lessening a building’s impact on the surrounding

This artist’s rendering shows a conceptual aerial view of the Tech Town campus.

Everything Green
environment as well as prolonging that building’s life. According to Norm Essman, Dayton’s Director of Economic Development, green building features that could be utilized within Tech Town include natural lighting, energy-efficient window and door fixtures, rooftop gardens and extensive outdoor landscaping. Essman believes, in addition to being eco-friendly, these features will



help set Tech Town apart from other office developments and will attract tenants. One such tenant—the first official Tech Town tenant—is Weston Solutions Inc., which has been managing the cleanup of the Tech Town site. The company, which is based in West Chester, Pennsylvania and has offices in Miamisburg and other cities, plans on moving 30 of its employees to a new 40,000-square-foot building in the spring of 2007.

Health of Dayton’s Hospital Neighborhoods Improving
Appropriately enough, the Genesis Project was the beginning of a healthy new development trend in Dayton. The highly successful effort to revitalize the Fairgrounds neighborhood adjacent to Miami Valley Hospital has been followed by similar efforts in neighborhoods and
Fairview Elementary School, Fairview Neighborhood (Phoenix Project)

million to these efforts, and project manager CityWide is providing a $1 million loan pool for secondary financing in the form of home improvement loans and commercial loans. Two incentive plans have been established to encourage Good Samaritan Hospital employees and others to buy homes in the Phoenix Project area. In addition, the Phoenix Home Improvement Loan program is enabling existing homeowners to improve their homes. Through REAP (Real Estate Acquisition Program), the Phoenix team has identified and begun legal action on 30 parcels that are negatively impacting the neighborhood. It has also established partnerships with youth agencies and Dayton Public Schools in order to enhance the quality of life for the area’s youngsters. Among many other developments, Phoenix investors have acquired the Miracle Lane shopping center with the goal of converting it to an office/retail facility, and the Phoenix staff is working to strengthen area businesses through outreach and strategic programs.

business districts around the city’s other major hospitals.

Following is a brief summary of hospital development projects completed or in progress in Dayton:

Miami Valley Hospital The 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 Development Corporation. The goal was to revitalize the Fairgrounds Neighborhood and the Brown-Warren business district, both of which are adjacent to Miami Valley Hospital. During the course of the four-year initiative, 41 deteriorated structures were removed, 11 existing single-family houses were rehabilitated, and 23 new houses were constructed—all of which were bought. In addition, the entire neighborhood’s curbs, sidewalks and street surfaces were replaced and 100 trees were planted. While most activities related to the Genesis Project were completed by late 2003, its success has inspired a surge in new business openings and business renovations along the east end of Brown Street. New businesses include Joey Eric House of Style, Panera Bread, Nothing but Noodles, Chipotle, Dewey’s Pizza,

Grandview Hospital The Renaissance Project
The Renaissance Project is a broad-based alliance of community partners working together to revitalize the Grafton Students from Holy Angels school perform community service yardwork in the Fairview Neighborhood as part of the Phoenix Project.

Hills neighborhood that surrounds Grandview Hospital. The alliance includes Grandview Hospital, the Dayton Art Institute, the Masonic Temple, the Greek Orthodox Church, and a variety of neighborhood associations and other organizations. Goals of the Renaissance Project include improving the transportation infrastructure within the area, expanding the campuses of both Grandview Hospital and the Dayton Art Institute, developing a shared parking facility, strengthening the neighborhood’s housing stock through reinvestment, and creating new amenities and services in the area between Main Street and Salem Avenue.

As part of the Phoenix Project, Children’s Medical Center homeowners in the Fairview Subs. The Flower Shoppe is also in the process of moving to a new, larger Neighborhood are eligible for Some may argue that Dayton Children’s actually began the trend of hospital/neighborhood collaborations more than 20 years ago when it home repair grants. building just down the block from its current location. contributed more than $1 million for renovations in the Old North Dayton area and ColdStone Creamery, and a new, larger location for Milano’s Atlantic City helped form the Old North Dayton Development Corporation. Since then, Dayton

Good Samaritan Hospital The Phoenix Project
The Phoenix Project is a public-private partnership that is investing millions of dollars for redevelopment activities in the greater Fairview neighborhood over a five-year period. Primary partners are the City of Dayton, Good Samaritan Hospital, and CityWide Development Corporation. Goals of the project include improving homeownership through new construction and rehabilitation of single-family homes, and improving the appearance and function of upper Salem Avenue as a gateway to the hospital and neighborhood. The City of Dayton and Good Samaritan have each pledged $5 The Miracle Lane shopping center is being converted to an office/retail facility. (Phoenix Project)

Children’s, also known as the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, has made numerous contributions that benefit residents of the surrounding area, including housing renovations, job training programs, and providing staff members for the development group’s board. Today, Dayton Children’s is actively working with the City of Dayton, area businesses and the Old North Dayton Development Corporation to develop a new strategic plan for neighborhood development efforts. All of these projects are contributing to Dayton’s growing reputation as a city that knows how to get various groups to work together toward the common goal of neighborhood revitalization. And the health care connection is crucial. “The health care portion of our local economy is already very strong, and we need to make sure it keeps growing even stronger,” said Norm Essman, Dayton’s Director of Economic Development. “This trend of projects designed to revitalize areas around Dayton’s hospitals is one very exciting step in that direction.”

Helping Businesses Grow
Following are brief descriptions of two businesses that recently took advantage of CityWide’s loan programs:

Fordyce Custom Finishing, Ltd.
Thanks to growing customer demand for their high-end wood finishing services, Seth and Angie Fordyce needed to move their business, Fordyce Custom Finishing, to a larger facility. They will soon be doing so with the help of a $90,000 SBA 504 loan, administered by CityWide, and a $50,000 loan from CityWide’s Neighborhood Business Assistance Program. The CityWide funding, along with funds from National City Bank, has allowed Fordyce to purchase a 32,000-square-foot commercial building at 32 Bates Street. At this facility, the Fordyce Custom Finishing team will have much more space to store finished items before they are shipped to end users, increasing the company’s ability to acquire more business from existing clients as well as acquire new clients. Fordyce plans to occupy 55 percent of the building and lease the remaining space to multiple tenants.

Parnell’s Bar and Grille
When Joe Castellano, owner of the Amber Rose restaurant, and his partners, Anthony and Kelly Parnell, wanted to open a new family restaurant in the Patterson Park neighborhood, they turned to CityWide’s Neighborhood Business Assistance Program (NBAP) for help. The NBAP Committee agreed that the area would benefit from a familyoriented restaurant, and the $50,000 loan for renovation and equipment costs was approved. The location, at 1227 Wilmington Avenue, previously housed a nightclub called Jags. Parnell’s Bar & Grille opened for business on Friday, January 13, with a menu featuring a variety of appetizers, Italian sandwiches and pasta. The 2,500-squarefoot restaurant/sports bar contains a brand new kitchen and multiple flat-screen plasma televisions. The opening of Parnell’s resulted in the creation of 30 new Dayton-based jobs, 11 of which are full-time.

Dr. Morris Brown Expands Downtown Medical Practice
A ribbon cutting was held on November 2 to celebrate the opening of Dr. Brown and Associates at 301 W. First Street in downtown Dayton. The practice focuses on preventative medicine and specialty treatment of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Brown’s new location is just a block away from the practice he established in 1985 at 128 West First Street. This original location will continue to operate as Dayton Primary Urgent Care. “Considering our growth over the past 20 years, we are long overdue for this expansion,” said Dr. Brown. “My goal is still the same as it was in 1985—to provide quality and compassionate healthcare that is easily accessible to Dayton’s urban community. I believe downtown Dayton is the ideal location for accomplishing this goal.” Dr. Brown purchased and renovated the property at 301 W. First Street with the help of a Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan administered by CityWide Development Corporation, financing from National City Bank, and his own equity. “The services Dr. Brown is providing are especially valuable due to his downtown location,” said Clarence Taylor, loan officer for CityWide Development. “And the fact that he is retaining and creating jobs in Dayton is very important to our local economy. We are happy to be able to assist Dr. Brown with financing for this relocation and expansion project.”

PriMed Opens New Facility in Wright-Dunbar Village
PriMed Physicians recently opened a new medical facility in Dayton’s historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood. Located at 1152 West Third Street, the new facility houses five doctors who moved from other locations in and around the city. Specializing in family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics, these doctors are expected to see approximately 150 patients per day and 30,000 annually. One of the area’s largest independent physician organizations, PriMed purchased the 5,800-square-foot building from CityWide Development Corporation. Once the home of Dayton Safe, 1152 West Third Street was acquired by CityWide and totally renovated in 1992 after sitting empty for years. Since then, the building has housed CityWide’s Microenterprise Development Program (1993-95), Inventing Flight (1993-2004), the National Park Service and the headquarters for the Main Street Project. Following several months of interior and exterior renovation work, PriMed opened its new facility for business in August 2005. With the goals of better serving patients and enhancing the efficiency of its physicians, the renovations utilized the latest in medical office design. The office features 15 exam rooms, a children’s playroom, and even a community boardroom. PriMed’s purchase and renovation of 1152 West Third Street was completed with financial assistance from the City of Dayton, Keybank and CityWide Development. Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin speaks during PriMed’s downtown ribbon-cutting. Staff members and others attend the ribbon-cutting for the new PriMed facility.

The CityWide Economic Development Team
Steven J. Budd, President

Janet A. White, Minority Business Development Director

Steve Nutt, Director of Strategic Development

Clarence Taylor, Jr., Loan Officer

Brian Heitkamp, Loan Officer

Buddy LaChance, Director of Neighborhood Development


8 North Main Street Dayton, Ohio 45402

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful