Planning NEXT has been selected by Premier Health and the University of Dayton to develop a vision for 38 acres on South Main Street, the former home of the Montgomery County fair. For principal Jamie Greene, who went to high school in Dayton, it is an especially meaningful opportunity, the chance to return and have a role in shaping the future of this important site.
“Redeveloping this 38 acres is a rare opportunity to advance the community-minded missions of both Premier Health and the University of Dayton in a meaningful way on the doorstep of downtown Dayton,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “Our work with planning NEXT will be deliberate, thoughtful, and inclusive, and we also intend to move with speed so that this property can reinforce the momentum of revitalization efforts in the city’s core.”
“This property served as a community destination for more than 160 years as home to the Montgomery County fairgrounds,” said Eric F. Spina, president of the University of Dayton. “As anchor institutions, we’re committed to working with planning NEXT to build upon our missions and values in a way that ensures this property continues to offer a strong, authentic sense of place and serve broad community interests.”
The Planning NEXT Team also includes Ninigret Partners, Stantec, W-ZHA, Zimmerman Volk Associates and Capital Partnerships. The Planning NEXT Team was selected from a field of ten teams based upon a track record of public engagement, innovative urban design, economic strategy and analysis, and ability to craft a space that supports and complements culturally rich communities.