Dayton Plan Board OKs fairgrounds redevelopment plan

The Dayton Plan Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved the development plan outlining how the former Montgomery County fairgrounds will be redeveloped into a neighborhood.

The development plan will now go before the Dayton City Commission for approval, likely in December.

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The 38-acre site along South Main Street is owned by University of Dayton and Premier Health, who came together for a joint venture to redevelop the property.

Premier and UD formed a new nonprofit, onMain, that is leading the joint venture to turn the 38-acre site into a new neighborhood called onMain.

The development plan approved by the board gives a high level look, showing how onMain will be initially built out.

The final land uses will be determined over time and developers will need to come back to the board for final approval for each step once there is a specific construction project planned.

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The plan is for the long-term project to start along Main and Stewart and have that corner be the catalyst as the neighborhood is built inward.

Initially, the plan calls for a concentration of employers on the south end of the site. North of that is where new housing is proposed.

The plan calls for about 80 percent of the site to be for buildings and streets and about 20 percent as common open space. The development will have an urban design with buildings built out to the streets and sidewalks.

The plan calls for high quality open public spaces such as an open space on the northeast corner, which is an elevated part of the site with a good view of downtown. The historic roundhouse will be preserved and will be part of a broader public space around the area.

The internal streets that will be built within the neighborhoods will be intended to be accommodating to walkers and bikers, with the widest internal street being one lane in each direction.

OnMain’s goal is for the development to come together in phases.

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