“We’re really excited about what we believe this can do,” Dave Mehaffie said.
Event centers are prohibited in mature neighborhood commercial zoning districts like the Belmont business district.
But the Dayton Board of Zoning Appeals this week approved allowing 638 Watervliet Ave. to be used as a “place of assembly.”
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City of Dayton staff recommended approval of the Belmont Club’s variance request if the owners agreed to repair the rear parking lot and the fence surrounding it.
The club has a a current occupancy allowance of 99 people. The club plans to hold community and business events and private and invite-only events like gym seminars, group work outs, open gym, wedding and anniversary receptions and other parties, city staff said.
Dave Mehaffie said he and his wife did nearly all of the renovation work themselves. He said they look forward to bringing money into the city of Dayton.
He said some people want to host events at space in Dayton — not in Oakwood or at suburban country clubs.
The Belmont business district is evolving because of recent and new investments. The Belmont Gym, which celebrates its third anniversary early next year, has a growing membership.
Press, a popular Oregon District coffee bar, is working to open its second location at 732 Watervliet Ave.