Apartments proposed at 637 N Main St

McPherson Town residents recently offer input on a new apartment complex proposed on the eastern edge of the neighborhood at 637 N. Main St by MVAH Partners. While still in the planning stages, the multi-family complex would include 40-50 1-2 bedroom units in 4-stories. The developer is currently working on securing financing for the $26 million project. Drawings have not yet been shared, however MVAH Partners already have a similar project built in northwest Dayton that offers insight into their design aesthetic.

Annual Summer Picnic Held

The annual summer picnic was held in August at the McPherson Town park. Nearly 75 residents were in attendance. All enjoyed carry in dishes made by McPeeps, as well as hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers provided by the neighborhood. Fun games were held to get new neighbors connected to old, and valuable prizes were won! Thanks to all the organizers – what a fun event!

New Playset Installed in Park

After 20 years and many hours of McPeep play, it was time to replace our beloved playset in the neighborhood park. Neighbors came together to do a volunteer build of the new set on Feb.3. The new equipment was paid for with neighborhood funds raised through the bi-annual holiday tour. Since installation, it has been both kid and adult tested, and approved!

playground construction playground build

Detour to access McPherson Town

ODOT has completed the northbound lanes of the Main Street Bridge reconstruction and began work on the southbound lanes on May 3, 2019. To keep the project on schedule, it was necessary to close the intersection of Main Street and Riverview Ave. to vehicular traffic. Vehicles won’t be able to turn from Main St. to Riverview Ave. and vice versa to come an go from McPherson Town. Access is now from the west only, via Riverview Ave near the Dayton Art Institute. The closure will remain until late October, 2019. Please drive carefully!

Hawthorne School converted to condos

1e1fbbb0169a5bc81b833863f9c6761d9d165109_1024Hawthorne school, located at 226 McDaniel St. was built in 1886 and expanded in 1911. It was named after author Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short story writer. It was used as a school for nearly 90 years (until 1974), then transformed into a center for unwed mothers for several years and later turned into a practice space for local dance companies.

By 1987, the school was closed and in dire need of repairs. Fortunately, neighbors had successfully petitioned to have it placed on the National Register of Historic Places a year earlier (1986). The city acquired the school in 1989 in a land swap with Dayton Public Schools. Over the next several years, numerous efforts to renovate the red brick building fell through however, in January 1998, the old vacant Hawthorne Elementary school was renovated into a 20 unit apartment complex.


Twenty years later, the 20 upscale, loft-style units are being offered as condos (in an as is state) to meet the growing demands for home ownership in the neighborhood. One unit has been upgraded as a model to provide vision and priced to reflect the unit upgrades. The school embodies old schoolhouse charm while offering an affordable living alternative in one of downtown Dayton’s most in demand neighborhoods. Units range in price from $58,000 to $137,600.

IMG_5308Each condo is unique and includes reminders of late nineteenth century educational institutions, including polished wood floors, wainscoting transom windows, coat room hooks, chalkboards, and more. There are studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units. Each unit comes with an assigned parking space and an option to purchase a garage on a first come basis.

Hawthorne School is just a short walk over the bridge to downtown proper and sits half way between the Dayton Art Institute and RiverScape MetroPark – home to many festivals and events. For the urban dog lover, Hawthorne offers green space for you and your loyal companion to enjoy, and a dog park at Deeds Point is a short walk away.

Interested in making the Hawthorne School your new downtown home? Contact Steve Seboldt of Sibcy Cline to take your pick of available units, 937-609-7984.

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Learn more in this recent Dayton Daily News article >>

Battle of the Breakfasts in McPherson Town

Launched in November 2017, Battle of the Breakfasts pits two Dayton food trucks against each other in a no holds bar battle for who has the best breakfast! This year, the Battle has been moved to McPherson Town, hosted at White Allen Chevrolet at 429 N. Main St.

Each 4th Sunday of the month through Oct. 2018, come out between 10am-2pm to eat some breakfast, cast your vote and grab a coffee from the Ghostlight Coffee truck! The breakfast truck with the most sales will carry on to the next round against a new competitor the following month.


Changes coming to Main Street Bridge

In May 2016, a public meeting was held concerning Main Street/SR 48 Bridge over Great Miami River, which sits at the southeastern corner of the McPherson Town and connects the neighborhood to downtown.

Improvements are needed to address the deteriorated condition of the bridge, constructed in 1956, as detailed in this handout provided at the meeting.

Residents and other interested parties were able to review and comment on the planned rehabilitation of the bridge, including asking for pedestrian lighting and attractive handrails on the bridge; replacement of the bricks that memorialize inventors, allow people in cars to see the river, attractive architectural treatments to the exterior of the bridge similar to other bridges recently rebuilt in the city, infrastructure for cyclists on Main Street, as well as addressing the steep slope and lack of cross-walk at the north end of the bridge.

Since May, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Dayton have been working to revise their plan based on feedback given at the meeting. Construction is slated to begin in 2018 and run through the fall of 2019.

Learn more about the history of the Main Street Bridge, first constructed in 1838, but replaced several times over the years, including a graceful 1892 version that was one of Dayton’s first concrete bridges and acted as a model for other bridges that existed downtown for more than a century and withstood the pounding waters of the 1913 flood.