West Dayton to see more development

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – City officials say at least $75,000 of more than half a million will go to West Dayton.

For some, they say it’s a start, but not enough.

Dayton’s Director of Economic Development, Ford Weber says the money is part of the partnership with CityWide Development Corporation.

That group is committed to Tech Town recruitment efforts, housing development, and the West Dayton Strategic Initiative.

The money will go toward the neighborhood’s transportation infrastructure and taking a strong look at the housing market.

One local advocacy group says more needs to be done by residents and city leaders.

“When you look at $75,000 that’s pretty much a drop in the bucket when you compared to the multi-million dollar development in and around downtown Dayton,” said Manicka Thomas with Neighborhoods Over Politics. “One of the things we’re asking the city consider through Neighborhoods Over Politics is community-driven master plan where we’ve laid out the implementation strategy that we think will help target not just West Dayton, but all 65 neighborhoods as it relates to redeveloping our community.”

The group says it welcomes the investment, but it hopes this is not the end.

They invite all residents to attend their meeting every week on Wednesday at 6 PM at Inner West Priority Board.

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