Dayton’s “Fairgrounds to Future” Project Moves from Opportunities to Vision

By February 16, 2018Project Updates

On January 25th, the consultant team presented a preliminary vision for the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds at the Fairgrounds to Future Progress Workshop. Nearly 200 members of the public were in attendance. Planning NEXT facilitated engagement activities that included smartphone polling, paper surveys, and interactive stations where community members could talk with the consultant team.

The consultant team’s preliminary vision plans included preservation of an iconic structure on the site, the Roundhouse, which is a beloved part of the collective history of Dayton. The public indicated a strong desire to retain the Roundhouse during previous engagement efforts. It is the goal, as part of the site’s redevelopment, that the structure be re-purposed as a key community use and space.

Some of the guiding principles, for the Team’s preliminary designs included, “sustainable values, advanced and integrated technology, flexibility over time, and healthy living choices.” All principles were supported by the majority of participants with sustainable values being voted the most strongly supported principle. The public also liked the attention given to Main Street, as well as the urban agriculture component and the idea to connect the site to existing street grid.

The Fairgrounds to Future project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a vision that will serve the values and missions of two of Dayton’s anchor institutions, Premiere Health and University of Dayton, as well as align development of the site with the broader community’s interests.

The Progress Workshop was featured by various Dayton news stations:

  1. Getting a much better idea of fairground future – WDTN-TV (11 p.m., 1/25)
  2. A new vision for the old Montgomery County fairgrounds – ABC 22/Fox 45 (11 p.m., 1/25)
  3. Getting a first look at what could be coming to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds – ABC 22/Fox 45 (morning show, 1/26)
  4. Fairgrounds could be a neighborhood – Dayton Daily News (actual pages)
  5. University of Dayton, Premier share early fairground vision – Dayton Daily News (web story)
  6. Former Fairgrounds in Dayton site eyed as a high-tech, mixed-use neighborhood by UD and Premier Health – Dayton Business Journal

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