The PNC Bank building only has a few tenants remaining, including CityWide, Business Furniture and law firm Bieser, Greer & Landis LLP.
The seven-story building, which opened in 1981, was designed by I. M. Pei, a famous Chinese American architect whose other work includes the famous glass and metal pyramid entrance at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, and the JFK Library in Massachusetts.
The seven-story PNC Bank building, once the Gem Savings building, has a massive atrium and many rows of windows that face Courthouse Square.
“It’s the most functional office building in town and the best downtown office building and it’s beautiful architecturally,” said David Greer, partner with Bieser, Greer & Landis.
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Olymbec purchased the 11-story 111 W. First St. office tower in 2016 with plans to renovate the building to attract new tenants.
That acquisition paid off when Taylor Communications — formerly Standard Register — agreed to lease eight floors of the building to move 500 or more employees into the Central Business District.
Earlier this year, Olymbec’s vice president of leasing Michael Matthews told this newspaper that his company was bullish on downtown and was looking to buy more properties.
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Office buildings in Dayton are cheap to buy, and new and successful housing downtown points to continued urban renewal, he said.
“We think the arrow is pointing up for Dayton,” Matthews said.