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onMain: Dayton’s Imagination District – Infrastructure Development
onMain seeks infrastructure funding to redevelop the former fairgrounds. The recent planning process resulted in a vision to make the site a vibrant economic driver for the region & state. The redevelopment seeks to establish a unique platform to create, build and demonstrate solutions across a range of disciplines: health care, energy, housing, environment, business creation, and neighborhood wellbeing. The site's infrastructure needs are extensive and require investment to drive success.
S. Ted Bucaro, University of Dayton Government Relations Director – (937) 229-4158 firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Self, Premier Health Chief Strategy Officer – (937) 499-9820 email@example.com
Eileen Austria, University of Dayton State Advocate – (937) 631-1409 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Dunn, Premier Health Government Relations Consultant – (614) 228-9800 email@example.com
Buddy LaChance, Premier Health System Vice President Real Estate – (937) 694-2236 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Horner, University of Dayton EVP, Business and Administrative Systems – (937) 229-4306 email@example.com
To date, no funding has been appropriated or secured from external sources for infrastructure development efforts for the site.
Construction or Capital
onMain’s partners have committed a combined $16.6 million in working capital, to be used for demolition, environmental remediation, infrastructure development, and project management for the first five years of the redevelopment project. As part of the aforementioned working capital, the onMain partnership executed a comprehensive and inclusive planning process throughout 2018. This is over-and-above the combined $10.5 million jointly paid by the two partners for purchase of the site in 2017.
onMain has been in conversation with representatives of federal agencies, such as the Army Corps of Engineers and the Economic Development Administration. There may be other federal opportunities such as Housing & Urban Development and Transportation. JobsOhio and DSA are two state agencies that present funding opportunities, as well.
The onMain partners, each with longstanding, civic-minded commitments to the City of Dayton and the Greater Dayton Region, view the redevelopment of the site with a focus on promoting economic development in a manner that promotes the education and health of the local citizenry, much of which has suffered the effects of de-industrialization and disinvestment in our cities. In that spirit, the momentum of development in the area surrounding the onMain District since 2001 has been astounding. The MVH Tower, GE EPISCenter, Emerson HELIX, Goodwill-Easter Seals headquarters, Flats at South Park, and expansion of Brown Street retail are greatly succeeding. The redevelopment of the onMain District site can be a focal and coalescing point for the area’s new job opportunities in research, health care, and the industries that serve those sectors. Furthermore, the site will create a setting that connects people, neighborhoods and institutions in and around the immediate area.
The physical redevelopment of the onMain District’s 38-acre site, resulting in jobs, tax revenues, and levels of activity for potential uses such as, but not limited to, research, commercial, health care, entertainment, residential, and public spaces being developed.
All jobs landing in the onMain District will be new. There are currently no jobs on the site. Historically, the Montgomery County Agricultural Society had fewer than 5 full-time people on the site. Those jobs have since moved to the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds located on Dayton-Liberty Road.