DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dayton leaders are changing course to get a major downtown development moving forward.
The city commission voted to approve a new part of the Water Street Development plan which will allow for office buildings higher than than floors.
It calls for new housing options which the mayor says is the key to bringing people downtown.
"I think anything we put in that many more units, it's a game changer because what we've noticed is 95% of all downtown units are occupied. What we have a problem with is the retail space and the office space," said Mayor Gary Leitzell.
The development will also feature a restaurant and parking.
The city also approved repairs to a railroad crossing that supports businesses between Rosedale Drive and Olive Road. Commissioners approved $750,000 in repairs. They say the repairs should save 300 jobs. $400,000 of the money comes from grants.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until Saturday at 7 p.m.
Today, after months of construction, the GE EPISCenter will finally open at the new River Park Drive location off Patterson Boulevard.
Sidney fire officials said there may not have been working smoke detectors when an apartment building burned late last night.
Community members are donating money and supplies to the survivors of a fatal fire in Kettering.
Kettering police named their newest officer Thursday in a special ceremony.