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The Dayton City Plan Board of Directors voted 3 to 1 to file a renewal application from Oberer and County Corp in support of a new affordable housing project. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Earlier this month, the city’s plan council voted 3 to 1 to file an application from Oberer and County Corp to renovate some vacant properties they want to build new affordable housing on.

Replat’s requests are often approved with limited discussion and little to no controversy.

The partners are proposing to build 28 new single family homes in Wolf Creek on selected plots that have been cleaned up with a state demolition program and acquired by Montgomery County Land Bank.

Many properties previously housed deteriorating structures and nuisances.

The new homes would be available to renters earning 60% and below the area’s median income.

Payne said he was concerned about a glut of affordable housing in West Dayton.

An image of the proposed housing in the Wolf Creek section of Dayton from the Montgomery County Land Bank.  Contributed.
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An image of the proposed housing in the Wolf Creek section of Dayton from the Montgomery County Land Bank. Contributed.

He raised the same issue last month during a discussion of Homefull’s plans to build 100-200 new affordable units on the 800 block of South Gettysburg Avenue.

Payne asked city staff to take an inventory of affordable housing in the city, versus market-priced housing and owner-occupied housing.

Payne, at this month’s meeting, offered to file Oberer and County Corp’s replacement request until he received the information he requested.

“Concerns have been raised that seem to be continually being ignored and someone somewhere has to say, ‘Stop, be careful and go do your research,'” said Payne. “If you are saying what I presume and what I am saying is wrong, I challenge you to prove that I am wrong.”

The city continues to do housing work, said Tony Kroeger, director of Dayton’s planning and land use division.

While Wolf Creek has a lot of promise and redevelopment opportunities, right now only the area east of Broadway Street has real potential for a market-priced product, he said.

The new rental homes on offer are west of the causeway.

But Kroeger said building new single-family homes on these “orphan lots” should help revitalize and, hopefully, spur interest in the area.

Other communities across the country have seen high concentrations of affordable housing in poor areas.

Some research has found that new affordable housing in some places goes to so-called “low opportunity” areas that fight crime, low homeownership rates, underperforming schools and limited access to good jobs.

Wolf Creek Homes lots currently have no realistic chance of becoming market rate homes, said Greg Smith, developer at Oberer Companies.

But Smith said the affordable homes Oberer and County Corp have developed elsewhere in the city have improved entire blocks and neighborhoods.

Smith said their homes are clustered together, which makes a big difference.

Some affordable housing built by other developers that is vacant and poorly maintained are too scattered to have a major impact on surrounding neighborhoods, he said.

203 Broadway Street North
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203 Broadway Street North

Credit: Jim Noelker

Credit: Jim Noelker

Oberer used low-income housing tax credits to build infill housing in the Twin Towers neighborhood in East Dayton and the Dayton View neighborhood in northwest Dayton, Smith said.

He said all of these affordable homes have waiting lists.

Smith said the new homes are a better and higher land use than the existing conditions.


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