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Up until the early 1980s, Fidelity medical building was occupied mostly by doctors and medical practitioners.
The building later was home to local radio station WROU-FM, which still has its signage on the side of the structure.
But the roughly 100-year-old building has been vacant since 2009.
A Powell resident named Karim Haber owned the building between 2007 and 2016. Today, a company called Fidelity Development Group owns the property.
Fidelity Development Group was incorporated by Sam Almaz, who is listed along with Haber as the applicant for the state historic tax credits.
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There were 26 projects statewide that won awards in today’s funding announcement.
The Fidelity building was the only Dayton-area project to seek historic tax incentives in the fall round. The Fidelity building project leaders had requested credits in past rounds but were unsuccessful.
The rehab of the Fidelity building would be another be addition for what until recently was a sleepy section of downtown.
The area around South Main and Fifth Street has perked up because the $5 million Levitt Pavilion Dayton opened in August.
The music venue hosts free concerts — at least 50 annually, moving forward — that seek to bring big crowds downtown.
Around 26,000 people attended free shows at Levitt during its inaugural but abbreviated concert season.