Choice Neighborhoods – Germantown and US 35 Gateway

1. To which Review Panel are you submitting this project?
Transportation & Government Services
2. What is the title of this project?
Choice Neighborhoods - Germantown and US 35 Gateway
3. Please provide a short, non-technical description of the project, no more than 2-4 sentences.
In 2016 Greater Dayton Premier Management and the City of Dayton received a $1.5M Choice Neighborhood Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. CityWide is the planning coordinator for this ambitious community development effort to transformation five West Dayton neighborhoods in and around DeSoto Bass public housing. A key part of this plan is to make visible improvements to a one-mile section of the Germantown Corridor which runs through the heart of the Choice area including building a new gateway at US 35 and Germantown Streets. Germantown is the most highly traveled route through the Choice area and the main connection from Downtown Dayton. It is also home to a small retail business district that residents would like to see improved and expanded. It is anticipated that replacement housing, as well as mixed-use office/commercial development at James H. McGee and Germantown will be developed as part of the final Transformation Plan strategy.
Requester and Recipient
4. Name of organization making this request
CityWide Development Corporation
5. Address
8 North Main Street
6. City
Dayton
7. State
Ohio
8. Zip Code
45402
9. County
Montgomery
13. State
Ohio
16. Which category best describes the type of organization that is the recipient for project funding?
Non-profit
Contact Information
17. Name
Karen DeMasi
18. Title
Director, Community Development
19. Organization
CityWide Development Corporation
20. Address
8 North Main Street
21. City
Dayton
22. State
Ohio
23. Zip Code
45402
24. County
Montgomery
25. Phone
(937) 853-2555
26. Email
KDemasi@citywidedev.com
27. Are there other individuals who should receive notices or information related to this project during the review process? If so, please provide name(s), title(s), and email(s). If not, leave blank.
Nicole Steele, Senior Project Manager
NSteele@citywidedev.com
Project Information
28. City
Dayton
29. County
Montgomery
30. Congressional district
Ohio 10th
Funding Request and Budget Information
31. What is the dollar amount of funding you are seeking in the next year?
$347,500.00
32. What is the total project cost?
$695,000.00
33. Please list sources, amounts, and status of other funds that this project has previously received or is likely to receive in the future.
Choice Neighborhood Action Funding - $347,500
34. How will the requested funds be used? Please check the category that best fits the project. Then, if you have additional information to provide regarding the use of funds, please provide this information with your supporting documentation (see question #52). EX: if this is for construction, please provide information on the proposed building, its purpose, size and location. If this is for operations, please describe if the money will be used for salaries, rent, equipment, services, etc. The more detail provided, the better the committee can understand the value of your project. This is particularly important for projects seeking operations funding.
Construction or Capital
35. Do you have matching funds raised or committed?
yes
36. If yes, please provide additional information.
The Choice Neighborhood award provides Action funding that can be used for capital projects that support the findings of our planning work. Germantown leads into the heart of the DeSoto Bass housing development and directly impacts residents and those who travel the corridor for school, business and recreation. The creation of the Germantown Gateway Project is a direct response to citizen engagement feedback which often raised the negative perceptions of their neighborhood, fueled in part by the abandoned look of the Germantown Corridor. Action funding currently in hand will complete Phase One of the project: McGee Boulevard Sign, LED lighting at underpass, decorative lighting connecting to Germantown. Phase II will add decorative pavers and improved cross walks at Germantown, additional lighting, landscaping and improved neighborhood signage.
37. Do you have a budget with funding details for the project? If so, please send the budget as an attachment under question 52.
Yes
38. By what date will you be ready to spend the funds?
Within the next 6–12 months
39. Are there particular state or federal programs or private grants under which this project would qualify for funding? Please be as specific as possible.
Infrastructure/Transportation
Community Impact and Job Creation
40. What is the community issue or need that your project will address?
Improvements to the Germantown Corridor is a key concern of residents, business owners and community stakeholders in the Choice Neighborhood project area. A one-year robust community engagement process including a recent Community Visioning event with 100 participants, confirmed the importance of the Germantown Corridor. Germantown is the most highly traveled street through the corridor, and home to major community amenities including: The Dayton Boys and Girls Club, Madden Hills Library, Wogaman Elementary, and Mallory Park. US 35 is a major route that connects with other parts of the City and I-75 leading to West Dayton’s largest employer, the Dayton VA and the new Fairgrounds in Jefferson Township. The City also owns land at this corner, a prime spot for economic development. We believe improvements to this intersection are critical to the development of West Dayton and the success of our Choice Neighborhood effort.
41. What is the measurement that will be used to determine whether the project was a success?
A new gateway at this key intersection will improve neighborhood perceptions of the area, attract future business investment and continue to build the neighborhood’s confidence in the Transformation Plan process. In addition, the Final Transformation Plan intends to extend James H. McGee through part of the DeSoto Bass campus to Danner Avenue. This newly extended street would increase transit accessibility through the Choice Neighborhood geography and may help draw businesses, employment centers and residents. Additional plans for James H. McGee include the construction of paired commercial buildings on either side of James H. McGee Boulevard to create a new Town Center.
42. If the project receives funding and is completed, how many DIRECT NEW jobs do you anticipate being CREATED within the next two years?
1-10
43. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 42. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
Jobs created through the Germantown Gateway project are related to construction and are based on CityWide's experience in building other similar projects.
44. If the project receives funding and is completed, how many DIRECT EXISTING jobs do you anticipate being RETAINED within the next two years?
None
45. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 44. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
The proposed jobs are for the construction period only.
46. Using your best guess, over the next 10 years, how many sustained, permanent jobs will the project create and retain if funded and completed? This may include “induced” or “spin-off” jobs.
11-25
47. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 46. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
These jobs would be tied to future phases of the project to build housing and a mixed use development at the intersection.
Community Impact and Job Creation Cont.
48. Using your best guess, of the jobs created over the next 10 years, what will the average salary be?
$50,001–$75,000
49. Please explain how you determined the salary amount listed in question 48. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
Future construction of housing and commercial/office space will be passed on prevailing wages in the Building Trades.
50. In which of the following counties do you estimate a substantial number of jobs will be created if the project is funded and completed?
  • Montgomery
51. Are you aware of any opposition to the project? If “yes,” please explain.
NO
52. Do you have letters of endorsement or other supporting documents for the project? If “yes,” you may attach one PDF file that contains UP TO TEN PAGES of your supporting documents. This document will be posted online along with your completed questionnaire during the public review period. Please DO NOT exceed 10 pages and do not send separate attachments to the Dayton Development Coalition staff. Project sponsors who exceed 10 pages of supporting documents may be asked to re-submit their project.
Yes
Attach endorsement or other supporting documents for the project
Additional Information
53. Should the state consider a state capital budget bill in late 2017 or early 2018, I would like my project to be considered for a special PDAC state capital budget project list. The Coalition reserves the right to remove projects that are ineligible under state guidelines.
Yes
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Confirmation
  • I have reviewed my submission and to the best of my knowledge all of the information entered accurately represent our organization and our project, and I understand my information will be made public.