At the close of each year, we look forward to change and renewal in the coming New Year. This year, 2017 promises to be a great year of change, renewal and progress for our city. I'm excited to announce that Gateway Apartments, which is part of our Manhattan Harbour Development Project, broke ground in January. The project includes 76 new apartment units with river views and direct access to the flood levee walking path. The City anticipates the plans for other development phases in Manhattan Harbour to to progress in 2017 as well.
Two other projects that I’m excited to tell you about will lead to some drastic visual changes for the city and for the public to enjoy. This year, work will begin on the making of Riverfront Commons, a 1-mile pedestrian trail along the river. We will also be adding some new lighting enhancements to our Central Business District that will enhance our streets and brighten the district at night. Both of these projects are in the design phase, and I anticipate construction to begin sometime this summer or early fall.
I am pleased to announce that Arts Wave has awarded the Dayton Civic Club Activities Board a $4,725 grant to fund the Third Annual Northern Kentucky Kite Festival this year. Arts Wave awarded Neighborhood Arts and Festivals Grants to 8 community-based organizations across the Greater Cincinnati region in January. We greatly appreciate the Arts Wave organization for the grant and look forward to this year’s Kite Festival.
Until next month,
Mayor Virgil Boruske