DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A development plan three years in the making will have to wait another month to get started.
The properties between Warren Street and Nathan Place were once home to eyesores. They have since become empty lots of opportunity.
“When the frontage was cleared, it’s actually become a really, really obviously valuable place between the corridor of downtown and UD,” said Amy Lee, President of Historic South Park, Inc.
The value has not been lost on people living in the nearby South Park neighborhood. Many of the neighbors living nearby were excited to see the possibilities.
One of those possibilities is a mixed-use commercial building to attract more life into the area.
“The idea of a mixed-use building and the idea of the overall development we are fully in support of,” said Lee. “We do think some changes need to be made so that it actually fits the urban neighborhood that it’s going to be a part of.”
Those changes were discussed during Tuesday’s Board of Zoning Appeals in Dayton.
The property’s developer, the Oberer Thompson Company, introduced a new set of plans for the area.
The proposed plans include a four-story building which would hold residential units on the upper floors and possibly restaurants on the ground floor.
But neighbors in the area are worried about a certain part of those plans, namely a drive-thru and a large parking lot.
During the meeting, neighbors argued a drive-thru would be too cramped and cause traffic issues in the area. The proposed drive-thru would enter and exit from Nathan Place.
There were also concerns the overall size of the parking lot would take away from some of the neighborhood’s charm.
“We just want it to reflect the historic and eclectic nature of South Park,” said Lee. “The people have chosen to live in South Park because it’s urban. We just want the building that’s going to be our new face to reflect those same principles.”
The Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously to push a decision back until next month’s meeting. Members of the board agreed it would give the developer more time to find common ground between all parties involved.
Despite those issues, neighbors living in South Park said they would still like to see the developer continue making plans.
A representative for Oberer Thompson at Tuesday’s meeting said the company will reevaluate plans on that property.