DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton City Commission approved a $365,000 contract with an urban planning and visioning services company to help with redesigning and redeveloping different portions of the city.
Urban Design Associates, Ltd. is a Pittsburgh-based company that has already helped with some redesigning and redevelopment on Dayton’s West Side. Now Dayton’s Director of Planning and Community Development, Todd Kinskey, said they plan to expand their reach.
“We’re going to be doing the North-Central area first, kicking that off in May,” said Kinskey. “It will take about six months, and then we’ll move into the next geography, so we’ll do Northeast and then finally Southeast.”
At the beginning of the process, UDA will talk to neighborhood presidents and leaders about what issues they are seeing and what they propose to redevelop.
“In key locations, we’ve asked them to do very detailed architectural drawings and renderings of sites, how they could potentially be redeveloped and the idea is we use that essentially for attracting investment to an area,” said Kinskey.
Kinskey said planning work has been done in some areas more than others, so they do not know which neighborhoods they will hit.
But they have hopes to incorporate that with what UDA has done in West Dayton and their vision for the entire city.
“For example, if a community has done a neighborhood plan, we’re not going to ask them to go into level of detail that they would to do a whole new plan for their neighborhood,” said Kinskey. “It’s more about how does their plan for the neighborhood fit into the broader vision of that geography.”
Kinskey added this planning stage should take between 18-24 months.