Maggie Ottoson, who was on the committee that secured funding for the garden, told Dayton commissioners that there would be political consequences of ignoring the will of the people and evicting the park. Ottoson helped collect thousands of signatures from people who supported saving the park.
“When have you seen the community come together in opposition to the city’s actions at this level?” said Ottoson, who has voiced protest to the garden’s eviction at the last several commission meetings.
But the garden was a pilot program that was always meant to be temporary because the site was targeted for redevelopment, said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.
The city has offered to help Garden Station find and move to a new home, but the group has not cooperated, officials said.
The property is across the road from 210 Wayne Avenue, which a Kentucky developer plans to turn into loft-style housing and restaurant space. The larger plan is a $30 million mixed-use development that will be called Oregon East and will be a lifestyle and entertainment district.