We’ve recently learned that the Dayton School Board has selected the area on the north banks of the Great Miami
River directly across from RiverScape as the new location for the city’s latest Montessori
school. Though the exact details are not known at this time, it appears that this latest development will allow for the city to acquire the Patterson Career Academy property – the original location that the school board had slated for this new Montessori school and one of the three main properties that must be acquired by the city to make room for Ballpark Village.
It will be interesting to see if this means that the Miami Apartments will be demolished or rehabbed (though it could be a beautiful building, my money is on demolish), and if the rest of that small riverfront neighborhood will be brought back from the dead. There are several dilapidated properties there that should be torn down, yet ironically there is one fairly new and modern house that was designed by Rogero Buckman that sits directly across the street from the former Rockwells. And speaking of Rockwells – what will become of that stunning property? (please not another ill-conceived high-priced steak joint!)
With the acquisition of the Woolpert building having been secured by the city, all that is left is the blessing of the Miami Conservancy District on the development of the Deeds Point area for housing, and to find a new home for Requarth Lumber. And my last conversation with the president of that company leads me to believe that this is all very close to becoming reality.