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Dayton Arcade Task Force Meets for First Time

DAYTON -- It was once a stunning city center, full of life in the heart of downtown Dayton, yet the Arcade has been deserted since 1991.

"It was beautiful, Christmas time, vibrant and lively," said Djuna Brown-Jennings who fondly remembers the former downtown anchor.

The Arcade was a shopping center and restaurant hub.

"The interior was really neat, it had a lot of marble. I think it had some type of fountain in it at some point. It's kind of hard to remember though," said Dan Gerhard who also works downtown.

It's sat vacant for 23 years. Several developers have tried to revitalize it, but came up short backing their grand plans. The city's recently spent about 200-thousand dollars just to keep the building structurally sound for safety.

"It's time for the city to take a good look at it, to have the community come together see what the opportunities are," said Mayor Nan Whaley who launched an Arcade task force.

Members, who met for the first time Tuesday, include developers, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, community and business leaders. All of them have a stake and vested interest.

"The city hasn't been engaged in it I think in any way so I think it's been a lot of community activism but we need to take a step up, take some leadership and bring everybody together on how to move forward," Whaley said.

Gerhard says marketing it to a younger crowd could make it successful again by, "the types of things they might be involved with like technology and trendy-like things."

"It would help revive downtown. It would give it some more flavor... we need something to help get that back, because the people are still here," Brown-Jennings said.

 
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