Miller-Valentine Group Seeks input on the Midtown District
Miller-Valentine Group is conducting an online survey to gauge what kind of retail and restaurant tenants nearby residents and workers want at the site. The survey offers interested parties a chance to make their voice heard about how the area should be developed. Joo said the most helpful answers are some of the more detailed ones
Eric Joo, vice president of Miller-Valentine Development, said the project is gaining steam.
"The city, county and Miller-Valentine are actually feeling a little more optimistic now than we were in June or July," Joo said.
Miller-Valentine still has until January of 2016 to raise the $18 million — almost $500,000 per acre for the 37-acre parcel — to buy the land from the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, and Joo said the team is getting closer.
"We haven't collected more checks," he said. "But we have more people interested in writing checks."
So far the group has received about 100 responses. From that small sample, Joo said a couple interesting trends had emerged.
Residents would rather see a movie theater than a comedy club, and there was significant interest in a shoe store, but not in a jewelry store.
"Fast casual tends to be the trend right now," he said. "We thought that would be the trend, but the survey is saying that the mid-scale (restaurant) and the pub idea is what people want more than fast casual."
And, not surprisingly, the public seems to be crying out for a grocery store, Joo said. The lack of a full-service grocery store downtown has been a roadblock towards wide-scale residential development for the last decade, so a grocery store in Midtown could help speed up the urban residential development trend.
Source: Dayton Business Journal by Olivia Barrow, Senior Reporter