MIAMI TWP, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s been several months since the Dayton Mall was put up for sale.
The sale’s announcement happened despite the realty company saying the mall is performing well and attracting shoppers.
But with other developments like The Greene and Austin Landing, mall officials are looking for a new plan to keep customers coming back.
Board of Director members in Miami Township are well aware of the challenges the mall and the surrounding area are facing.
They’ve been taking proposals from several major consultants with the hope is to make the area more attractive.
In a meeting Thursday, they discussed funding to help rebuild and rebrand the Dayton Mall and the surrounding area.
1 of 7 proposals from various consultants could be their solution.
“Obviously all it ties together. We’re looking into put a master plan and try to create a more cohesive land use pattern for the whole area,” said Chris Schneider, a planing director with the township.
Schneider says the group is looking at options for long-term solutions.
Over the last several years, their attention has been called to decreased activity near and at the mall.
Schneider says development has to keep happening to change that.
“This is really the first time we’ve done a master plan for the whole area so we’re really trying to take a fresh look at what is the direction the area is currently going in. What from a national standpoint are the charges the area will be facing,” he explained.
2 NEWS went to the Dayton Mall to gauge just how much the area’s main attraction factors into tourism and business.
“I’m from Springfield so our mall is terrible so just to look around, shop,” said one shopper.
Shoppers like the one we interviewed is what more business owners and managers like Adam Brewer want to see.
“Being that we’re a small business and we’re located in the mall. Success of the mall is very important for us to be able to succeed and be able to give the customers a little bit of experience as to what we do here and what we have to offer,” said Brewer, a manager at the Oil Shop at the Dayton Mall.
And Brewer like officials believes changes will better the mall and other businesses.
Officials told 2 NEWS that addressing several challenges will be tough.
They hope to bring more retailers to the area and highlight major assets.
In the next few years, officials say the changes will take place