A preliminary plan is in place for the future use of the historic former Dayton Daily News building at 45 S. Ludlow St., Cox Media Group Ohio and city of Dayton officials said Wednesday.
Officials said the plan is part of an initiative to revitalize a number of downtown properties, and additional information will be made available in coming weeks.
CMG Ohio and Dayton officials are working to find a new use for the Ludlow Street building, which has been vacant since April 2007, when the newspaper relocated to a former NCR Corp. building at 1611 S. Main St. The company consolidated its local television and radio properties at the Main Street facility in 2010.
“Since we left the building six years ago, we have been working with the city to leverage the property and be a catalyst for Dayton’s redevelopment efforts on Ludlow,” said Rob Rohr, CMG Ohio senior vice president and general manager.
“We are confident that this current project is a very positive step towards investing in the city’s future while being mindful of its history,” Rohr said.
Aaron Sorrell, the city’s director of planning and community development, said the Dayton Daily News building is an important piece of Dayton’s history.
“We want to keep its importance in mind as we also meet the emerging business opportunities of the downtown community,” Sorrell said. “Our goal is to facilitate an agreement that meets the needs of the city of Dayton, while satisfying the legacy wishes of the Cox family.”
The Ludlow Street building was designed by architect Albert Pretzinger shortly after the Dayton Daily News newspaper was founded in 1898.