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Development Taking Shape in Dayton


More than a decade after the ballpark’s opening, development is taking place around Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons (Low A; Midwest League). 

Though the Dragons have posted excellent attendance figures since the ballpark’s opening in 2000, there has not been a lot of development around Fifth Third Field. That is rapidly changing.

Over the next several years, apartments and offices will open around the ballpark, with some of the major pieces slated to be up and running by next summer. Also included in the development plan is a new space for Lock 27 Brewing.

Naturally, developers are already using the ballpark as a selling point. More from the Dayton Daily News:

The Delco Lofts building is a one of a kind project that further adds excitement to the Water Street District,” Jason Woodard, of Woodard Development, said in an announcement. “The residential units will offer luxury apartments with commanding views while honoring the rich tradition of the Delco building.”

The lofts, which range in price from $905 for an one-room apartment to $1,700 for a split-level loft, will feature 12-foot ceilings and 16-feet-wide floor-to-ceiling windows, the companies said.
The apartments are being built in the former building that house Delco Products and most recently a warehouse for Mendelson’s.

Residents will have private garages on the lower levels of the building and access to a top-floor event space in the former office of Charles Kettering, which offers what the developers called a “stunning views of the Dragon’s stadium and the riverfront.”

This summer has been a strong one when it comes to the opening of apartments near ballparks, with cities such as Lansing and Birmingham joining the trend. Given Fifth Third Field’s location within downtown Dayton, it was likely a good fit for projects of this type.

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