Cen­ter­ville projects adding apart­ments

It’s been more than 20 years since multi-fam­ily units were built here.

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Wayne Baker Staff Writer

It’s been more than two decades since multi-fam­ily hous­ing was built in the city, but it soon will have nearly 700 new units.

Two Cen­ter­ville CEN­TER­VILLE — apart­ment projects are adding a kind of hous­ing that hasn’t been con­structed in the city in decades, of­fi­cials said.

The projects, Al­lure and Gate­way Lofts, are pro­gress­ing as planned, said City Plan­ner/Zon­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tor An­drew Rod­ney.

Al­lure is a $25 mil­lion, 312-unit apart­ment com­plex de­vel­op­ment on Loop Road, and Gate­way Lofts is a 40-acre site on East Alex-Bell Road that will in­clude 14 walk-up apart­ment build­ings with 256 one-be­d­room units and 104 two-be­d­room units.

“The Al­lure is con­tin­u­ing con­struc­tion on sev­eral build­ings, most no­tably Build­ing 1, which can be clearly seen ris­ing above I-675,” Rod­ney said. “A leas­ing trailer will be placed on-site to be­gin sign­ing up new ten­ants.”

He added that there have not been any ma­jor de­lays with the de­vel­op­ment in that area.

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing, all per­mits nec­es­sary for de­vel­op­ment on both projects have been ap­proved,” Rod­ney said.

The prop­erty be­hind Cross Pointe sat idle for at least 10 years af­ter the Show­case Cin­e­mas theater closed in 2006. The site re­mained un­oc­cu­pied un­til 2014, when the theater was de­mol­ished.

The new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments not only help the area im­prove, but they are the first sig­nif­i­cant multi-fam­ily hous­ing projects in Cen­ter­ville in years, of­fi­cials said.

“These two projects rep­re­sent the first sub­stan­tial in­vest­ments in multi-fam­ily hous­ing in the city of Cen­ter­ville since the mid1990s,” Rod­ney said.

“Both projects com­bined will gen­er­ate (about) 700 units, bring­ing po­ten­tially thou­sands of new cus­tomers for Cross Pointe Cen­ter and other nearby pur­vey­ors of goods and ser­vices,” he said.

The de­vel­op­ments are hop­ing to cre­ate hous­ing op­tions for those look­ing to down­size and young pro­fes­sion­als who want to live in Cen­ter­ville, Rod­ney said.

“We ex­pect they will be suc­cess­ful in the mar­ket­place for decades to come,” he said.

Mayor Brooks Comp­ton said the multi-fam­ily hous­ing adds a needed el­e­ment for Cen­ter­ville.

“Cen­ter­ville has not added any multi-fam­ily in a very long pe­riod of time. This is a need the area has,” Comp­ton said. Con­tact this re­porter at 937-2250586 or email Wayne.Baker@ cox­inc.com.

TY GREENLEES / STAFF

One of the four build­ings in Cen­ter­ville’s new Al­lure project, a 312-unit apart­ment com­plex, has taken shape on the Loop Road site near In­ter­state 675. Along with the Gate­way Lofts project on East Alex-Bell Road, the city is adding close to 700 new multi-fam­ily hous­ing units.

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