Former fairgrounds may not be fully redeveloped for 15 to 20 years


The University of Dayton and Premier Health have entered a “new phase” of their plans for the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds near downtown Dayton.

Over the next year to two years, both UD and Premier will be conducting outreach to potential funding sources for redevelopment of the 38-acre site, according to a joint statement from the university and Premier. No construction will occur on the property until the funding phase is completed.

RELATED: UD building new office building on south campus property

It could take 15 to 20 years for the property to be completely redeveloped, according to the university and Premier.

“This is not your typical capital development,” Mary Boosalis, CEO and president of Premier Health said in a prepared statement. “We have an ambitious vision that will take considerable public and private support to realize. As we said from the beginning, we want to do this right versus fast, and that will take time.”

UD and Premier are looking for organizations that would be willing to help pay for roadways, utilities, water and sewer, and selective demolition of existing structures, according to the university and Premier.

Workers will begin demolition of some buildings on the fairgrounds during the second half of 2018. The Roundhouse at the former fairgrounds will be preserved and a property management firm has been hired to maintain the grounds and keep the buildings secure, according to the university and Premier.

While Premier Health and Encompass Health construct a freestanding rehabilitation hospital north of the former fairgrounds, Miami Valley Hospital employees will temporarily utilize a portion of the north end of the property for parking. Passersby may also notice new landscaping and iron gates being installed at the former fairgrounds, according to the university and Premier.

RELATED: University of Dayton buys property near school

“The vision remains the same: to create a vibrant, mixed-use development that builds on Dayton’s history of innovation and entrepreneurship and can propel our next wave of jobs and opportunity,” UD president Eric Spina said in a prepared statement.

UD jointly purchased with Premier Health last year. UD and Premier each paid $5.25 million of the $15 million purchase price.

The 38-acre fairgrounds redevelopment is one of the most anticipated projects in recent Dayton history. Though Premier and UD have not made a final decision for the fairgrounds, they’ve proposed a number of ideas that include housing, retail and green space.

FIVE FAST READS

• Algae plaguing Ohio lakes could force Kasich to take executive action

• PHOTOS: Retail tycoon’s former Ohio mansion on sale for $3.95 million

• Ohio colleges taking steps to avoid unchecked sex abuse cases

• The tomato on your Wendy’s burger will be grown in an American greenhouse in 2019

• PHOTOS: Victorian farmhouse with wine cellar, party barn on sale in Troy

Thanks for reading

The Dayton Daily News is committed to bringing you independent, in-depth local stories. Help support our journalism by signing up for a print or digital subscription.



Reader Comments


Next Up in News

Amazon employee accused of stealing $4,000 in items, shipping empty boxes, deputies say
Amazon employee accused of stealing $4,000 in items, shipping empty boxes, deputies say

An Amazon employee is accused of taking $4,000 worth of customer’s items and gift cards then shipping empty boxes to them, deputies say.  >> Read more trending news  Elvis Edgardo Soto, 20, took items including several iPhone cases, screen protectors, eyebrow pomade and a toy pony, while he worked at an Amazon fulfillment center...
$300,000 missing after truck spilled money on New Jersey highway
$300,000 missing after truck spilled money on New Jersey highway

Nearly $300,000 is missing after two bags of cash fell from a Brinks armored truck onto a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, according to East Rutherford.  An investigation by police determined two plastics bags – one with $370,000 and another with $140,000 – had fallen through an open door. Police said a malfunction caused the door...
Richmond school shooting: Suspect in attack ‘not a bad kid,’ student says
Richmond school shooting: Suspect in attack ‘not a bad kid,’ student says

A student claims he knew 14-year-old Brandon Clegg, reportedly involved in the Dennis Intermediate school shooting in Richmond, Indiana, on Thursday, as a nice and cool young man. “He wasn’t a bad kid,” Kaden Baker, 13, told NewsCenter 7’s Gabrielle Enright.  Baker, a student at Julia E. Test Intermediate School, claimed...
Johnson & Johnson stock tanks amid report company knew since ‘70s its baby powder contained asbestos 
Johnson & Johnson stock tanks amid report company knew since ‘70s its baby powder contained asbestos 

Johnson & Johnson has promoted its baby powder as a safe and gentle product for use on babies and adults even as the company knew for decades that the product contains carcinogens, according to an investigation by Reuters. >> Read more trending news  Company reports, internal memos as well as trial and deposition documents indicate that...
Mueller investigation: Special counsel files rebuttal to Michael Flynn sentencing memo
Mueller investigation: Special counsel files rebuttal to Michael Flynn sentencing memo

Special counsel Robert Mueller urged a judge to reject arguments made by attorneys for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn ahead of his sentencing next week, writing Friday in a court filing that, “the seriousness of the defendant’s offense cannot be called into question.” “The Court...
More Stories