A rendering of the Fire Blocks District, viewed from the intersection of East Third and Jefferson streets. CONTRIBUTED

New entertainment districts abound in the Dayton area

Life in the Dayton area is about to get a whole lot more fun and…well…entertaining. Over the past few years, a wave of new entertainment districts are breathing new life back into Dayton and the surrounding areas. The approval of these new community entertainment districts means more liquor licenses for local business and more nightlife to follow. Here are a few of the recent and upcoming additions to the area’s shopping and nightlife scenes... 

Photo: Ty Greenlees

Fire Blocks District

Kicking off this list is the revitalization of the historic Fire Blocks District. The redevelopment of this area of downtown Dayton, once razed by the fire brought on by the famous 1913 flood, is well underway and will be bringing new spaces to live, work, and play to the booming downtown scene. Using the Oregon District as inspiration, the new Fire Blocks District promises even more activity in Dayton’s reawakening downtown. 

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Austin Landing

Already an established part of the blossoming Springboro area south of the Dayton Mall is the Austin Landing project. Home to restaurants, bars, shopping, hotels, apartments and condos, Austin Landing has truly created a must-visit attraction, whether it is around seasonal events like the Christmas at Austin Landing and Winter Market, last month’s Sandmazing, or just a great place to visit year-round. Make sure to check out the rotating Austin Landing Happy Hour every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. 

Photo: Ty Greenlees

The Shoppes at The Heights

Just approved on May’s ballot, the Community Entertainment District named The Shoppes at The Heights is planned for the area of Huber Heights just to the east of the new Rose Music Center near I-70. The voters’ approval could bring in up to 15 new liquor licenses, which means food and drinks aplenty at the bars and restaurants that will be springing up. The new district is scheduled to open its doors in the summer of 2018. 

>> RELATED: New Huber entertainment district closer to reality, officials say 

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Don’t overlook the emerging nightlife in Middletown! In 2016, Middletown became the first city in Ohio to establish a “designated outdoor refreshment area.” Otherwise known as an “open container district,” the area from the riverfront to Clark Street now permits the free enjoyment of alcohol outdoors (as long as it’s in a designated plastic cup) during specific hours on weekends. It’s been a huge success for local businesses and has breathed some new life back into Middletown’s downtown area. More areas in Ohio like Cleveland and Cincinnati seem to be taking notice, as well.

These new entertainment districts show signs of an emerging nightlife throughout the greater Dayton area that is booming with younger faces and new business opportunities.  

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