Mayor announces Dayton Arcade Task Force

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announce Tuesday the formation of an Arcade Task Force to evaluate the future fate of the downtown Arcade buildings.

The task force will review an analysis of the Arcade and nine surrounding buildings to determine the conditions of the fundamental structures and related systems.

“If ever there was a structure in Dayton that was sentimental it is the Arcade,” said Dayton Mayor Whaley. “It is my hope that we can find a solution to preserve at least a portion of the buildings history without significantly costing the City taxpayers an unjustified amount for redevelopment.”

All the buildings in the analysis have been vacant since March of 1991 and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places except the former Schear’s Market and McCrory’s.

The properties will also be reviewed and assessed for redevelopment opportunities.

The task force includes representation from local business leaders, financial institutions, legislators and City staff. The members are:

  • Co-Chairs:
    David Bohardt, St. Vincent de Paul
    Steve Petitjean, Fifth Third Bank
  • Members:
    Rachel Bankowitz, City of Dayton
    John Gower, City of Dayton
    Dave Williams, CityWide Development Corporation
    Marty Smallwood, Downtown Priority Board
    Mark Parks, Downtown Dayton Partnership Board
    /Lewaro Construction
    Neil Freund, Freund, Freeze & Arnold
    Aaron Smiles, Matrix Realty Group
    Ed Kress, Dinsmore & Shohl
    Shannon Isom, YWCA of Dayton
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