Luxury car wash, housing could be ‘spark’ for North Main Street, supporters say

City Commission vote Wednesday would be key step toward new development

Dayton City Commission this week approved a key step for the planned development of a new “luxury” car wash and housing on North Main Street in the Riverdale neighborhood.

The roughly $10 million project calls for about 18 single-family attached townhomes and four unattached ranch-style homes.

Redevelopment has taken off downtown, but those activities have been concentrated south of the I-75-Main Street interchange, said Todd Pultz, a partner with Ohio P&R Holdings LLC, which owns and plans to develop the property.

Pultz said the area north of the interstate has a lot of potential but needs new amenities.

“We looked for a concept that could be the spark and the ignition to that corridor and that part of the city,” Pultz said.

The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday approved a zoning map amendment for the 2.3-acre site located along North Main Street.

The vacant property, which is immediately north of the I-75 exit and south of Hershey Street, was formerly home to Ken’s Kars, a used car dealership.

This project will bring a luxury-style express car wash to the downtown area that will cost about $4 million to $5 million, Pultz said.

Pultz’s development group also is helping create a car wash called Vortex Express Car Wash in Suffolk, Virginia. The group hopes to open more car washes across this region in the future.

Ohio P&R Holdings plans to build the car wash first and housing later, possibly a year from now, Pultz said.

Pultz said his company wants to wait to begin the residential components of the project until the real estate market stabilizes and interest rates come back down.

“As far as timing, I can’t give you a solid answer about when those homes go up,” Pultz said. “We have to be able to build a product that we can sell.”

Victoria McNeal, president of the Riverdale Neighborhood Association, said this project is the kind of investment that the area has long needed.

“It’s exciting. I’m hopeful ... that it will be a spark for the resurrection of the North Main corridor,” she said. “We have to start somewhere.”

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

The developer worked with city staff to make the project more appropriate for its urban location, said Tony Kroeger, Dayton’s division manager of planning and land use.

The final details of the plan still have to go to the Dayton Plan Board for approval, Kroeger said.

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