Developer aiming to revitalize area along Dayton’s Grand Ave.



Plans are in the works to revitalize an area along West Grand Avenue.

The Dayton City Plan Board will discuss the plans for a multi-family apartment complex in the 600 block of West Grand during its afternoon meeting Tuesday.

The property is currently owned by Mountain Lion LLC, which is based out of California, and is located in the Grafton Hills neighborhood.

The redevelopment plans also call for changes to vacant lots that face North Avenue and a vacant building in the 700 block of North.

The proposed redevelopment is near where the city announced last month plans for a $12 million revamp of Salem Avenue.

The Salem project zone involves about 1.2 miles of road from the Great Miami River to Cornell Drive.

The Salem project, to be financed with state and federal dollars, is to include:

+ A protected two-way bicycle path, from West Riverview to West Grand avenues

+ Decorative lighting

+ Pedestrian islands

+ Widened sidewalks

+ The replacement of century-old pavement

The new cycling track, with lanes in each direction, will be separated from vehicular traffic and the roadway by a curb about 2 feet wide. There will be street light poles and signage as well.

Lower Salem Avenue will be trimmed to five lanes from six. There will be two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane.

The upgrades coincide with growing redevelopment interest and activity in the Salem Avenue corridor because of recent and planned investments, including new housing and the planned Gem City Market.

The Salem Avenue upgrade project is scheduled to roll out this way:

Phase 1 will rebuild 1,900 feet of Salem from North Avenue to Manhattan Avenue.

Phase 2 will reconstruct Salem from West Riverview Avenue to North Avenue. Work is expected to begin in 2022.

Phase 3 will improve the roadway from Manhattan Avenue to Cornell Drive. Work is expected to start and finish in 2023.

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