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“We have had great successes in the retail program that was launched in fall 2011, so we’re taking that same plan, fill some of the vacant office space we have downtown,” Cadieux said.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership was recognized in 2013 by the International Downtown Association, through the “Activated Spaces Pop-Up Project.” The Washington D.C. based organization awarded the Dayton Partnership with the 2013 Downtown Pinnacle Award.
The renovated eighth floor of Liberty Tower will be home for three companies as part of the organization’s Activated Spaces.
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“It was a good location when we were down there. Everything was convenient, and I kind of miss that,” said Deborah Mason, who used to work in one of the now vacant offices.
Cadieux said the program is a way to reduce downtown office building vacancies.
“We’ll offer tenants the same short-term lease often and also a small stipend for start-up costs,” Cadieux said.
Applications for the businesses that want to be part of the program are due on Aug. 25 and information can be found on activatedspaces.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malik Perkins contributed to this report.