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:
David Bohardt, St. Vincent de Paul
Steve Petitjean, Fifth Third Bank
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
Neil Freund, Freund, Freeze & Arnold
Aaron Smiles, Matrix Realty Group
Ed Kress, Dinsmore & Shohl
Shannon Isom, YWCA of Dayton
Fred Strahorn, State Representative