Owner says he can still develop Arcade

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The owner of the Dayton Arcade says he would hope to get an invitation to the mayor’s task force that will consider what to do with the building.

Gunther Berg bought the property in 2009.

He didn’t want to discuss in public the more than $200,000 in taxes the city says is owed on the property.

He says he’s put $150,000 in repairs into the building already but believes it needs a complete restoration not a temporary fix.

He says he’s working hard to put a plan on the table for the Arcade and believes he can still develop the property.

But in the meantime the city is footing the bill on repairs being made to the Arcade after pieces of it fell into the street below.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley believes something needs to be done with the nine buildings around the Arcade.

“We’ve seen a lot of promises and not a lot of delivery so that’s why we have to step in,” Whaley says.

We wanted to know if Whaley thinks the historic buildings can be saved.

“I think there are opportunities for pieces of its history to be saved,” Whaley says. “I’m waiting to see what the task force says.”

The task force is expected to have a report by the end of the year.

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