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Interstate gateways focus of upgrades for area near Dayton Mall

A group overseeing long-range plans for the Miami Crossing District is exploring upgrades to both interstate gateways to the corridor formerly known as the Dayton Mall area.

The Miami Twp.-Dayton Mall Joint Economic Development District Board of Directors has agreed to contract with a local landscaping firm for concepts to improve the aesthetics and branding at the Interstate 675 interchange with Ohio 725.

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The Miami Crossing District is a 2.2-square mile area being rebranded by Miami Twp. and Miamisburg, the two jurisdictions which operate the JEDD. The communities want to better attract people to — and guide them through — the area, which for decades has been a popular destination for shopping, dining out and entertainment.

The board earlier this year hired The Kleingers Group to develop options to improve the landscaping at district’s western entrance at the I-75 interchange of Ohio 725. The group is now looking for ideas to spruce up the eastern gateway.

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The landscaping upgrades are among the early improvements the JEDD board is looking to make to the district after it adopted a long-range plan for the area in December 2015.

The study indicated the district that includes Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 could support more than $200 million in investment in retail, housing, infrastructure and landscaping over 12 years.

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