DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – August 23 will mark a month since Good Samaritan hospital closed and a community input meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21 is set as the next step to determine how to reuse the 13 acre campus.
“I would hope that they would do something that would help this side of town prosper,” said Dayton resident, Twila Woolfolk. “For me that means education, that means grocery stores.”
The project, titled Phoenix Next, is a collaborative effort from planning NEXT, Premier Health and the City of Dayton, but Jamie Greene, principal of Planning NEXT, says the community meeting is pivotal because it includes the public.
“We believe strongly in the insight, intuition that people have by experiencing the place,” said Greene.
This is the second of three community outreach meetings.
The first was in March, and Greene said August’s meeting is their chance to share what they gathered from March as well as from their own research.
“Most of the two-hour session is going to be interactive with them around some graphic displays where they can identify preferences,” said Greene.
Greene said that all involved parties are sensitive to the challenges West Dayton has had, and want the community’s participation so they can make viable options for current and future generations.
“We’re here tonight to test if these ideas are resonating with you and then we will take those things tonight, the things that you like, the things you didn’t like, and we will refine this work, and we’ll be back for another public engagement opportunity later in the year,” said Greene.
Thursday, Aug. 23, the advisory committee will discuss the meeting and determine a date for the third community input meeting.
To find more on the Phoenix Next project, click here.