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“And then on the south side, we have planned another couple hundred square feet of retail. And then a hotel, 150 apartment units and about 700,000 square feet of institutional or general office (space).”
Again, as this develops is it doing anything but diluting the retail space south of Dayton Mall? I am sure Springboro and the like are in favor of it, but they are not Dayton. To me it is just further moving the retail center further from downtown, the same thing which is happening in Cincinnati with the likes of Liberty Center. So where do we end up, a downtown devoid of any retail activity, dead for all practical purposes. Perhaps the downtown will have some commercial buildings converted to living space, ala Cincinnti's OTR, but is that going to provide a vibrant downtown? I don't think so if you cannot even shop for the necessities of life downtown. OK, tell me I am stupid just like when I predicted Austin Landing would be far more retail than they originally said.