Downtown Dayton has enjoyed dramatic economic re-investment and revitalization recently, the most significant of which have occurred in just the last five years. In addition, the groundwork continues to be laid for future growth.

A Decade of Investment

In the last decade, the CBD has witnessed over $600 million of new investment including:

  • The Dayton Dragons, a minor league baseball team who play at the new Fifth Third Field
  • RiverScape MetroPark
  • The Schuster Center for the Performing Arts
  • CareSource’s corporate headquarters

Projects have included new construction as well as renovation of several historic buildings some of which have leveraged former warehouse and industrial space for adaptive re-use.

Vibrant Neighborhood

Downtown market rate housing has nearly tripled in the over the past five years. Industry observers believe this continuing wave of construction is still trailing demand and are putting money on it with over 100 units under construction. Latest surveys by the Downtown Dayton Partnership indicate that nearly 2,000 people live in the heart of downtown, while 8,300 live within a one mile radius of the CBD. Dayton is laying the groundwork for long-term future growth in the downtown housing market with a plan for another 2,500 units in the next 10 years!

Quick Facts – From the Downtown Dayton Partnership

  • Downtown Dayton is home to more than 700 businesses
  • More than 21,000 people work in downtown Dayton
  • Downtown is home to nearly 20 places of worship
  • There are 13 bank branches downtown
  • Downtown has 8 daycares from which to choose.
  • More than 60 restaurants line the streets of downtown
  • Downtown has more than 35 nightclubs and bars
  • You have your pick of 10 performing arts groups in 6 theaters
  • The Dayton Dragons, farm team for the Cincinnati Reds, have played ball downtown since 2000, and recently set the national professional sports record for consecutive sellout home games
  • Soak up some culture in one of downtown’s 15 museums and galleries
  • More than 15 establishments offer hair styling, beauty care or beauty supplies
  • Keep your car running fine with more than 10 automotive supply and services shops
  • Do your shopping at any of dozens of unique stores and eclectic shops downtown
  • Get in shape in one of our 7 downtown health clubs
  • Shop for dinner in your choice of 9 downtown food markets
  • Find a good book at one of the 5 bookstores downtown