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Creating a synthesized framework plan

Did you provide your feedback regarding the Dayton Riverfront Plan during the public meetings last October? Whether you attended a public meeting or provided your input through an online survey, your input is being incorporated into a synthesized framework plan that will become the future of Dayton’s riverfronts.

The process

Feedback was collected both during the public meetings and from the post-meeting survey. Input from partners and stakeholders were also collected. Throughout the process of collecting this information, planning ideas continue to evolve.  Sasaki and the Dayton Riverfront Plan partners took time after the Thanksgiving holiday to conduct a two-day planning workshop in which the project team took a deeper dive into planning concepts.

Currently, a synthesized framework plan is growing. This plan marries the best ideas from the two respective framework concept plans which were proposed in October. These two frameworks—the Neighborhood Mosaic Framework and the Green City Framework—each had elements that were attractive to the public and community stakeholders.

Neighborhood Mosaic Framework: This framework reinforces neighborhood character by creating distinct identities for each of the four river corridors and central downtown:

  • The “community corridor” along the Wolf Creek to the west
  • The “culture corridor” along the Stillwater River to the north
  • The “technology corridor” along the Mad River to the east
  • The “education corridor” along the Great Miami River to the south
  • The “create center” in downtown Dayton’s core

Green City Framework: This framework approached the study area as a series of concentric circles with the idea of connecting people to the water and catalyzing redevelopment with new amenities, particularly along major street corridors.

Synthesized framework

Below are some major features of the synthesized framework, utilizing the best ideas from each framework above.

  • Solidifies the five corridor identities established in the Neighborhood Mosaic Framework and begins to highlight areas to be considered for improved open space, as well as economic development opportunities.
  • Identifies the major street corridors in each of those five areas where new businesses, retail, restaurants and entertainment may be provided
  • Begins to identify key points along the river corridors where connections across the rivers could be made, particularly on the north and west sides of downtown on the Great Miami River, as well as further north on the Stillwater River and west on the Wolf Creek.
  • Studies extending bikeways on both sides of each waterway to ensure all adjacent neighborhoods have access to the water.

Check back for more updates after the holidays!