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The DaVinci Project
In the fall of 2011, through the leadership of the DaVinci Partners (Dayton Children’s Hospital, The Salvation Army, the City of Dayton, the Greater Old North Dayton Business Association and a private foundation) CityWide was engaged to develop a comprehensive community development plan to improve the Old North Dayton and McCook Field Neighborhoods.
The planning work revealed some important facts about the DaVinci area:
- Over 10,000 jobs exist in this geography;
- There are over 400 active businesses
- These businesses generate $900,000 M in annual sales
- Over $40M in planned infrastructure projects will occur over the next five years
- Over $15M has been invested in housing renovation over the last five years by residents including many new immigrant families moving to the area.
- A consensus by residents, business and community stakeholders that the condition of major corridors was critical to the success of the community.
A formal report was presented to the DaVinci Investors group that suggested the neighborhoods could be revitalized and there were opportunities to leverage the investments committed to the area. In 2013, the original investors in the planning group formalized their commitment to the project and now meet monthly to discuss strategy and opportunities to improve the community.
The adopted work plan for the DaVinci community improvement project includes: strategic acquisition and demolition of blighted structures; community organizing to developing stronger relationships with residents and business owners; creation of a navigation loop to improve traffic circulation; and the redesign and beautification of Valley Street including the addition of a Children’s Garden.
To learn more about the DaVinci Project, click below to read our update reports.