DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton Commission is considering a resolution to use the funding to make improvements to an area of West Dayton. The resolution would initiate a planning phase for the Westwood neighborhood.
Dee Wooding of the Westwood Right Project said there were more than 600 vacant homes and lots in the Westwood neighborhood.
“Having grown up in Westwood and owning there, we’re very concerned about the decline,” Wooding said.
Wooding said the neighborhood has destroyed homes, vacant properties and a declining population, creating distress for those who live there.
“There was absolutely nothing that could be done about it, other than tearing down the city of Dayton,” Wooding said.
Wooding created the Westwood Right Project, a community development corporation, about two years ago. Volunteers come together to clean up and do neighborhood revitalization projects.
Now, Dayton City Commission is considering a resolution that could help their volunteer efforts.
The city commission will consider a resolution Wednesday to accept $62,000 in funding, in part from the Montgomery County Land Bank.
“It would be helpful if there was a plan here, an overall plan for the neighborhood so that we can determine priorities and areas of focus and really where the neighborhood would like to go,” said Tony Kroeger, director of the Dayton planning division.
The funds will be used to hire a consultant to work with neighbors, stakeholders and the city to create a clear picture of what the revitalization would look like. Once a plan is established, it would open up the region to new funding opportunities to bring about the changes.
“There’s a future, a vision here that’s different than it was in the past, but it could very well be optimistic, could be more spacious, greener, cleaner,” Kroeger said.
“We just think this is an absolute wonderful opportunity for a comprehensive strategy of what revitalization will look like in the Westwood area,” Wooding said.
Although it is still early days, the city wants residents to be involved throughout the process. They will form a working group and hold public meetings to get feedback.
The vote on funding is expected at Wednesday’s committee meeting.
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