As expected, the Miami Conservancy District has lifted the tight use restrictions on the land that makes up Deeds Park. It should be noted that the proposed housing development will NOT include or affect the existing park space and bike paths – which are maintained (and owned?) by Five Rivers Metroparks. Only the area across the street where there is currently a big ugly unused parking lot and baseball diamond (that isn’t needed since we have Kettering Fields just next door) will be developed.
It is my opinion that this is a good move as it is redeveloping an area that could and should be prime real estate but is now empty. With Deeds Point (one of the most meticulously landscaped and beautiful vantage points in the region), immediate access to the largest bike trail system in the region, a spectacular river and city skyline view, a potential retail/dining/entertainment district just across the Mad River, and easy access to I75 – this COULD be the most sought-after residential real estate in the region. Not to mention that with another influx of downtown residents brings more probability of downtown amenities like a grocery store.
Dayton Daily News
Link: Board amends Deeds Park development agreement.
The Miami Conservancy District board of directors Thursday announced that they had unanimously agreed to amend a deed to allow riverfront housing on 12 acres of land at Deeds Park.