Housing tour highlights luxury living in downtown Dayton

Dozens turned out to get a peak inside some of downtown Dayton’s hottest new residential lofts and apartments Saturday.

The Downtown Housing Tour featured seven properties where developers have built new apartments and turned formerly shuttered buildings into multiple dwelling units with views of Fifth Third Field, the river and the cityscape.

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The two first stops on the tour — Water Street Flats and the Delco Lofts — feature two distinct options for people looking to rent a downtown living space.

Water Street Flats sits on Water Street and features 215 “luxury apartments” in three newly constructed buildings, according to Downtown Dayton Partnership. A representative of the developers — Woodard Development and Crawford Hoying — said some one- and two-bedroom units are still available, but most are already rentedout. Each apartment features two full baths as well as washer and dryer units.

Ray Minor, who moved to the area from New Jersey about six years ago, said he recently moved to a unit in the Water Street District.

Minor said Water Street is “probably the best location in downtown Dayton.”

He said he saw the development happening downtown.

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“And that’s one of the primary reasons why we moved down,” Minor said. “There’s lots of activity down here now. Only one thing missing and that’s an upscale grocery store.”

Situated next to Fifth Third Field, some of the sixth-floor units in Delco Lofts features a full view of the field where the Dayton Dragons play. The renovated former factory features a communal area called the Kettering Room. A representative of the developer said the Kettering Room is where the office of Charles Kettering was located when the building functioned as a factory.

Woodard Development and Crawford Hoying is looking to add more housing in the area by renovating the former Dayton Supply and Tool building, which sits on the east side of Fifth Third Field.

Downtown's core is underbuilt by about 1,200 apartment units, according to an analysis by the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

Other new residential options that were featured on the tour included Monument Walk, which are 16 luxury townhomes built by Charles Simms Development; First Place Luxury, 50 units with amenities such as a rooftop pool; the Dayton Arcade, which features 126 units; St. Clair Lofts, 108 units which feature 12-foot high ceilings; and City View, at Patterson Boulevard and Fourth Street, 14 townhouses that feature oversized windows and a rooftop terrace.

The tour included seven stops:

1. Water Street Flats at Webster and Water streets

2. Delco Lofts by Fifth Third Field on East First Street

3. Monument Walk, at Monument Avenue and Ludlow Street

4. First Place Luxury Apartments, 330 W. First St.

5. The Dayton Arcade project, Ludlow Street

6. St. Clair Lofts, 35 S. St. Clair St.

7. City View development site, at Patterson Boulevard and Fourth Street

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