Interstate gateways focus of upgrades for area near Dayton Mall

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Interstate gateways focus of upgrades for area near Dayton Mall

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Shown here is an illustration of a concept to improve the northbound exit from Interstate 75 at Ohio 725. CONTRIBUTED ILLUSTRATION

A group overseeing long-range plans for the Miami Crossing District is exploring upgrades to both interstate gateways to the corridor formerly known as the Dayton Mall area.

The Miami Twp.-Dayton Mall Joint Economic Development District Board of Directors has agreed to contract with a local landscaping firm for concepts to improve the aesthetics and branding at the Interstate 675 interchange with Ohio 725.

The Miami Crossing District is a 2.2-square mile area being rebranded by Miami Twp. and Miamisburg, the two jurisdictions which operate the JEDD. The communities want to better attract people to — and guide them through — the area, which for decades has been a popular destination for shopping, dining out and entertainment.

The board earlier this year hired The Kleingers Group to develop options to improve the landscaping at district’s western entrance at the I-75 interchange of Ohio 725. The group is now looking for ideas to spruce up the eastern gateway.

The landscaping upgrades are among the early improvements the JEDD board is looking to make to the district after it adopted a long-range plan for the area in December 2015.

The study indicated the district that includes Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 could support more than $200 million in investment in retail, housing, infrastructure and landscaping over 12 years.

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