For more than 15 years, the City of Dayton, Premier Health, CityWide Development and others worked together in the neighborhoods surrounding the 13-acre former Good Samaritan Hospital site in Northwest Dayton. The work, known as the Phoenix Project, included investments of more than $20 million that leveraged an additional $45 million.
Through the leadership of the partners, residents and other community stakeholders, development plans and projects were implemented to strengthen Northwest Dayton and advance the goals of the Phoenix Project.
Contributions by the City of Dayton and Good Samaritan Hospital through the Phoenix Project partnership yielded significant activity, development and investment in the area over that time including:
- More than 100 blighted properties acquired and demolished to allow for development
- Salem and Catalpa Gateway Park
- Fairview K-6 School and Fairview Commons Park – a recreation campus that connects the new school with City parks, expanded water aquatics, and a family fitness park
- The Rising at Phoenix, 33 new affordable new single-family homes
- Northwest Metro Library
- Salem Avenue Tree Farm
- Five Rivers Health Center
Through the partnership, many support programs were also created for residents including:
- Community policing
- Home improvement loans
- Down payment assistance for home purchase
- Youth development programs
- Mini grants for neighborhood events
- Support to Fairview Neighborhood School Center
After the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital, a new initiative named Phoenix Next was conducted from early 2018 through early 2019 to create a Vision for re-use of the 13-acre former Good Samaritan Hospital site and investment in the Phoenix Area neighborhoods (“the neighborhoods”). The purpose was to inspire change that is contextually sensitive, achieves key desired outcomes, is supported by the community and is implemented incrementally over time. Learn more about the Vision.
New Organization Created
To make the Phoenix Next Vision a reality Phoenix Next Dayton has been launched as a new 501c(3) organization to manage and implement redevelopment efforts in the Phoenix neighborhoods. To lead this work, a new Board has been formed representing the City of Dayton, Premier Health and the community. Initial Board tasks include finalizing legal documents, creating an operations plan for the new organization, conducting transition activities related to the existing Phoenix Project (real estate management, community policing, housing) and analyzing potential funding partnerships to move the Vision forward. In short, the Board is committed to working in close partnership to maximize opportunity for redevelopment that will benefit the community.
Eloise Broner, Premier Health
Patrick Ray, Premier Health
Shelley Dickstein, City of Dayton
Todd Kinskey, City of Dayton
Sister Carol Bauer, Community Representative
Belinda Mathews Stenson, Community Representative
Mary E. Tyler, Community Representative