Like many urban cores, Dayton has had its ups and downs over the last 30 years. Yet over the last 15 years, downtown Dayton has set about revitalizing itself by adding different amenities such as Schuster Center for the Performing Arts,; Fifth Third Field – home of the Dayton Dragons; Riverscape – a beautifully landscaped performing venue as well as a pedestrian and bike friendly starting point that leads to hundreds of miles of bike paths and trails.. Additionally, lots of housing has been added such as townhouses, lofts and rental options. If urban is your interest, downtown Dayton is where its at. It offers restaurants, entertainment, brew pubs, banks and other retail options – and all within walking distance.
Downtown Dayton has a wide variety of housing including market-rate apartments, condos, lofts and traditional townhouses. And there is more coming. The Water Street project will offer 200+ one, two and three-bedroom apartments facing the Miami River and Deeds Point in mid 2015. Currently there are over 2,000 people living in the urban core of Downtown Dayton, and more options are on the drawing board.
RTA runs a full-service public trolley and diesel bus service throughout the area with it hub is located downtown. A major multi-year reworking of I-75 through downtown Dayton has just about been completed. I-75 takes one quickly to all the suburban areas of Dayton. Cincinnati and Columbus are only an hour away by highway. Dayton International Airport has hundreds of flights and connections and has been recently refurbished. Dayton has a regional reputation for low competitive fares. Dayton has invested heavily in rebuilding of roads, sidewalks and bridges throughout the city, but especially in the downtown area.
Highly rated Miami Valley Hospital and related Premier Health are located at the edge of downtown Dayton, offering a full range of services. Grandview Hospital is just a short distance to the north with its wide range of hospital and healthcare services. Southview and Children’s Hospitals also serve the region.
Downtown Dayton has had in influx of new restaurants and shops literally “pop up” over the last several years. It has sponsored a “pop up” shop program that overs favorable retail spaces to prospective retail entrepreneurs. This has led to a variety of different shops to open up. A number of these shops have continued with permanent leases. Downtown Dayton features the Second Street Public Market which carries fresh produce, wines, pottery and craft items. Mendelson’s Liquidation Outlet offers everything from used industrial parts to furniture, clothes and other surplus goods. The downtown area has many art shops, a jewelry store, small convenience store, a wine gallery as well as a drug store. It is a 15-minute drive to the Dayton Mall which offers JC Penney, Macy’s, Elder Beerman and Sears along with many national brand stores. The Greene is located 20 minutes away in Beavercreek with over 75 fine retail stores including the Apple store and Nordstrom’s Rack.
The Oregon District on Fifth Street has been a popular destination with a combination of restaurants, bars and shops for many years. Most recently the area has added a couple brew pubs and a micro distiller to the mix. The downtown main library will under go a $50 million plus rebuild starting in 2015 that will make it a striking architectural as well as media-innovative facility unlike anything else in Southern Ohio. Those interested in the arts attend the Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Memorial Hall and Victoria Theater.