City buying former Dayton Career Academy site for $166,028, do you feel safer?

Bill Rain used to think that the main library should buy the Dayton Career Academy building at 441 River Corridor Dr., Dayton, OH 45402 for a new downtown library. With a beautiful view of the river, ample space for parking, and a relatively new building, it didn’t seem like a bad idea.

As part of the deal with the state where the state paid $2 for every $1 (or was it $3 for every $1 for Dayton) toward building new schools, the requirements were very strict. Five-acre lots, and tear down the old buildings, no matter what.

So, we tore down a building that wasn’t that old. And now, the city is buying the lot from the Dayton Public Schools for a song. Or is it that 3.7 acres isn’t worth much in Downtown anymore? $166,028 more for a piece of property with no declared public use. That’s enough money to keep at least 3 more police on the streets, but not enough to pay for a Nan Whaley primary victory.

Was the property put out to bid by Dayton Public Schools? Did they get the best value?

Or is this more space to build empty buildings for Tech Town to compete with property that is already a difficult sell for its owners?

May 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. the Dayton City Commission is going to spend your money to buy another empty lot. Which of course makes a lot of sense, since they seem to be professional creators of empty lots. Look at the corner of Wayne and Wyoming to see another expensive boondoggle that had no public benefit.

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12 Comments on "City buying former Dayton Career Academy site for $166,028, do you feel safer?"

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Brian
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That’s a steal if you have a use for it or have patient money.  I’m 0-for-2 on that count, thought.

Brian
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errr…  “though”

Hall
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The city isn’t a developer and I think that’s confirmed by any of the buildings or property they’ve bought. Why are they buying it is the main question. Since they do anyway and do nothing to/with them, the only speculation is they’re hoping someone else will come along that wants it and they’ll turn a profit…

Dave C.
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Sometimes, City of Dayton behaves like an old-style socialist nation. Economic decisions are often based on fiat rather than economic demand. 
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In a similar vein, the empty office buildings downtown remind me of the empty buildings in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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The needs of the populace are the lowest economic priority.

Dave C.
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Sartre, or perhaps Camus.

Mark Manovich
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Mark Manovich

The Dayton School Board has to tear down any building it no longer has a use for (see for example the old Julienne building) because if they sell them (or donate them to the city or a non profit), a charter school may move in.  So, we the taxpayer paid to rehab the building are also forced to pay for them to be demolished.  Given Dayton’s continuing decline in population, there is more demo of school buildings in our near future.

Dave C.
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Wow! Shades of the “Central Planning Committee” that ran Marxist economies right into the ditch.

Dave C.
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Here are the smoke-and-mirrors used by crappy school systems everywhere: they have given up on addressing the central issue of education, so they concentrate on doing things that look like forward progress to outside, uninformed observers.
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They build new facilities, hire  consultants, launch re-branding campaigns ( complete with slogan), find new ways to game the stats, and they dump resources into a single school (at the expense of all the other schools in the system) that they can cite as a success story.
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My favorite: the revolving door superintendent!
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DPS will do whatever it takes to maintain the smoke-and-mirrors. 

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