PHOTOS: How Dayton fairgrounds could transform

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PHOTOS: How Dayton fairgrounds could transform

Dayton could be getting a new neighborhood built at the site of the former Montgomery County fairgrounds.

Premier Health and University of Dayton jointly bought the 38 acre site along Main Street, just south of downtown, and just unveiled their preliminary vision for how the location could be redeveloped.

It’s too early for there to be a project timeline. Along with the design still being preliminary, the hospital network and university still need to work out details like financing and find other organizations with development experience to partner on the project.

The initial phase proposed in the preliminary plan calls for the project to start along Main Street and work from the edges inward. The proposal calls for a mix of office, housing, retail, urban agriculture and high-quality public spaces.

Planning NEXT, a Columbus-based design firm, gave examples of the buildings that showed the scale and character of the developments it is proposing at the site.

Depending on demand, the initial phase could continue to build out into even more office, housing and retail.

As the site is built out, Planning NEXT says the development should have flexible spaces that can transform as the neighborhood expands inward from Main Street. For example, surface parking can be later developed into multi-story parking structures as the neighborhood becomes more dense.

Build out of the site could follow different scenarios depending on market demand.

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