Plans to build an $18 million student housing complex at the former Dayton Daily News site downtown hit one obstacle last month, but the developer believes the project is still on target for an August 2014 opening.
The city of Dayton’s Landmarks Commission has approved Student Suites’ application to demolish the Schwind Building, just north of the Dayton Daily News property on South Ludlow Street.
But the Landmarks Commission tabled Student Suites’ plan to demolish parts of the multi-building DDN complex. The commission asked for details about reuse of the historic 1908 building at the corner of Fourth and Ludlow and objected to demolition of the matching façade of the 1922 building that continues west on Fourth Street.
Representatives of Student Suites are scheduled to appear before the Landmarks Commission again on June 13 to address the issues. Student Suites partner Dick Davis said Tuesday that the majority of the 1922 building still will come down, but the company altered plans about the façade.
“The Landmarks Commission felt strongly that (the façade) should stay,” Davis said. “We respected their feelings, and we think we can accommodate that by just building our building behind that.”
Davis said Student Suites still does not have a firm plan for the interior of the 1908 building, saying the company is looking for uses that will support the housing element. City Planning Manager Brian Inderrieden said Student Suites has provided some sketches for that building, but added that saving the façade was the Landmarks Commission’s primary concern.
“We’re just trying to get everything wrapped up, with the demolition and the funding on the whole project,” Davis said. “Then we can focus on the 1908 building.”
Student Suites already has acquired the Dayton Daily News property, and is in the process of acquiring the Schwind Building. Davis said he’s still confident in the projected 2014 opening, with 50 one-bedroom units and 150 two-bedroom units to be built next to the remaining DDN building. Inderrieden said once the Landmarks Commission approves, Student Suites can apply for demolition permits.
The Schwind Building’s remaining tenant, the Moraine Embassy restaurant and bar at 25 S. Ludlow St., will hold a farewell party at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6. The restaurant will remain open for breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays through Friday, June 14.