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Dayton Applauded for Urban Living Tour; Council Approves New Waste Contract

The City of Dayton was applauded for a successful urban living tour at its council meeting on Tuesday. 

"Beyond the Curb" showcased Bellevue and Dayton earlier this spring, the third iteration of the urban living tour produced by the Catalytic Fund. Previous tours took place in Covington and Newport and the next will be in Ludlow in the fall.

"I was so impressed with the community, the volunteers, and the excitement that there is about Dayton," said Jeanne Schroer, president & CEO of the Catalytic Fund. "I think there is such potential here."

The Catalytic Fund's board also sees the potential, she said, noting that they are actively encouraging investment opportunities in Bellevue and Dayton. The $10 million fund that helps facilitate high profile real estate development projects in Northern Kentucky's urban core has put $2.1 million at risk, triggering $52 million in investments in the River Cities, Schroer said. Those projects have created 105 new residential units, 226,000 square feet of commercial space, and 300 permanent jobs, she said. Some of the high profile developments that the Catalytic Fund has been involved in are the Hotel Covington, the Boone Block townhouse project in Covington, and the Scholar House in Newport.

"We really do have a desire to work on more transactions with you," Schroer told council.

Tara Johnson, development services manager at the Catalytic Fund, said that more than 250 people attended the Bellevue/Dayton edition of Beyond the Curb. The visitors came from 25 different zip codes, Johnson said, including many from outside the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. "That's what we want, for people to come and see what's available," Johnson said. 

Trash contract awarded

Council approved a new 5-year trash deal with Republic Services that is expected to reduce the average trash bill by about $40 per household. 

Dayton joined four other cities - Bellevue, Southgate, Woodlawn, and Ft. Mitchell - in soliciting sanitation bids in hopes of finding a more favorable rate. Councilman Joe Neary expressed dissatisfaction that the rejected bids were not presented to council and that council was only given Republic's information in time for the vote. City Administrator Michael Giffen agreed that he would provide all the bids in the future.

It was also revealed that only 4 percent of Dayton households participate in recycling and that there would be a push to get more people involved in that process. Neary pointed out that while the percentage is low, the topic was hot when he solicited feedback on his Facebook page where 168 comments were left.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: A residence at Manhattan Harbour as seen on the Beyond the Curb tour (RCN file)