By now everyone has probably seen the activity at the north end of Walnut Street by the flood levee. We are excited for the developers to officially break ground on the ‘Gateway” apartment project, which is the next phase in the Manhattan Harbour Development. This project will be a tremendous boost to the development and to the community as a whole. The developers, at the City’s urging, tried to design the project so the park at the base of Walnut Street would not have to be affected. However, due to requests from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the developers were forced to move the locations of the buildings, thus impacting the future of the park at its current location. The developers have purchased and deeded to our City greenspace located a block east of the current site where the City will be relocating the playground equipment for the public. We ask that you be patient with us as we work out the logistics of the move in the upcoming weeks. While it is our intention to reassemble the playground equipment as quickly as possible, the completion of fencing and some equipment may not be completed until next Spring.
The City has issued a Request for Proposals for two sidewalk projects. The first project is to design a new sidewalk system and ornamental lighting from 7th Avenue to Chateau Drive and Belmont Road to Ervin Terrace. The second project is to design sidewalk bump-out enhancements to the 500 and 600 blocks on 6th Avenue. This will be something to watch for when Spring begins next year.
I hope you had a chance to attend the Kite Festival held on Sat., Oct. 1. The City extends a big thank you to the Civic Club and the many volunteers who helped to make the second annual event a huge success.
In closing, I urge you to stop by the Dayton Tharp Heritage Museum to check out the original Slush Puppie Costume that was donated to the museum by Catherine Hamilton Hicks. The Founder of Slush Puppie, Mr. Will Radcliff, was born in Dayton. Catherine was able to purchase the first original costume and has generously donated it to the museum for all visitors to enjoy.
Mayor Ben Baker
Ben Baker is currently serving his first term as mayor after two consecutive terms on Dayton City Council. Mr. Baker lives on historic 6th Avenue and enjoys the walkable nature of Dayton as well as it’s many friendly streets.