Scaffolding is filling the rotunda of the historic Dayton Arcade so workers can begin to remove lead paint

Today is your best shot to see inside the Arcade for a while. Here’s how.

The downtown Dayton housing tour today is likely the last time the Arcade will be open to the public before construction gears up.

Developers are spending $90 million to restore seven buildings in southern parts of the Dayton Arcade, representing 398,104 square feet of space.

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The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s annual free tour of housing is this afternoon and includes the Arcade, as well as a mix of other sites such as apartments, condos, and active development sites.

The tour is open to the public and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the Dayton Arcade, go to the Fourth Street entrance. Visitors will need to sign waiver forms when visiting the active construction site.

To take a self-guided tour of all the locations, the housing stops are listed on this map. The stops are walkable from each other and there will also be a free shuttle making stops at each of the housing options on the tour.

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