Two of the more urban affairs oriented Dayton blogs are abuzz after Urban Nights, which apparently was quite an event.
Esrati has come up with a list of pretty good ideas on how to improve downtown. And Bill @ Dayton Most Metro has a great call to action directed at not just at the political leadership but also at local citizens and buisnesses. I particularly liked the Most Metro post as it was fairly inspirational and makes me wish we had more urban evangelists like Bill around town.
Yet what is really the plan for downtownton? As Marvin Gaye sang, "Whats Goin' On?"
Well, everything is pretty close-hold here, isn't it? We know about Ballpark Village. But what else?
I found something online. A planning document prepared by Citywide Development. And it is chilling. Apparently this is going to be an economic development part of the Daytons city plan and is recent, from June of this year:
CitiPlan 2020 Focus 2010 and Beyond
Economic Development Component
22.214.171.124. New Product and Reuse. Create new building product that is more aligned with the demands of today’s marketplace by providing:
* large horizontal floor plates
* close in parking and other amenities.
Find reuses for obsolete office buildings that can be transformed into non-traditional re-uses”
126.96.36.199. Downtown Office Space….Work with community partners to develop strategic shovel-ready sites for potential development”.So, what does this bureaucratic bafflegab mean? Well, it means they are going to finish the job started by urban renwal in the 1960s. The concept is large flat or low buildings ("...large horizontal floor plates...")and adjacent parking and maybe lunchtime restaurants and dry cleaners and such ("...close in parking and other amenities...")
The idea is to maybe use Port Authority or other agencies to clear sites and remediate hazamats to provide empty property that could compete with surburban office parks for potential development("...Work with community partners to develop strategic shovel-ready sites..."). Conceptually this would be akin to what Kettering did with Hills and Dales or what UD is doing with the NCR site.
So it's back to the future. Examples of large horizontal floor plates with close-in parking built on shovel-ready sites, downtown, from the 1960s...
...groovy, baby. But what about that city income tax?