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More Multi-Family Buildings on Horizon for Manhattan Harbour

The Ohio River rose higher than it had in twenty years in recent weeks and the million-dollar homes along Dayton's Manhattan Boulevard performed as promised: bone dry, and with a better view than anyone.

With that question answered for the public, that beyond-the-flood-wall development could resist dangerous flood waters, attention at the Dayton city building is back on future development there.

It's been a slow-go at Manhattan Harbour with just a handful of those sprawling estates bunched together along the riverbank, but the population will soon get a boost by one apartment community that is already under construction, and a second one that may not be far behind.

Beyond that, even more developers are knocking on the door, exploring multi-family opportunities along the desirable riverfront spot.

"Long term, you may see the single-family home footprint shrink and a little more of the mixed-use, attached townhomes, maybe something similar to what's on the other side of the river," said city administrator Michael Giffen.

Rendering of the Gateway apartment project in Dayton's Manhattan Harbour

A Milwaukee-based company, James Read & Associates created the look for two buildings that will house 76 upscale apartment units in a development known as Gateway Flats. The foundation for the two buildings have been put in place on the western end of Manhattan Boulevard.
 
There may be other buildings included in the development down the road.
 
On the eastern end of Manhattan Boulevard, a larger apartment community is in the planning stages, Giffen said. 
 
Birmingham, Ala.-based Arlington Properties is working on a project known as Tapestry, a title they have used on multiple developments across the country. Currently the plans, which could change, Giffen said, would include five buildings and 267 units.
Rendering of the Tapestry at Manhattan Harbour in Dayton
 
"They went to the planning commission in January and laid out their stage-one site plan and got that approved, so they have been working on their financing and looking to close some time this month or next month," he said.

To accommodate the shifting development interest in Manhattan Harbour, the City of Dayton is combining its two Manhattan Harbour "pattern books". Previously there were separate ones for single-family home developers, and multi-family developers. The city's planning and zoning commission was to consider that item this week but the meeting was canceled due to multiple members being ill. Giffen said a special meeting will be called so that council can make a final vote on the newly combined pattern book.

In the meantime, Dayton city council will approve the elimination of a pair of "paper roads", or streets that no longer exist except on paper. Dodd Street and Front Street will be eliminated so that Manhattan Boulevard can be extended.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher