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The Phoenix Project

A Neighborhood Rises to Meet the Future

As part of Good Samaritan Hospital's (GSH's) commitment to give back to the Dayton community, the hospital partnered with the city of Dayton and CityWide Development Corporation for an initiative called the Phoenix Project. Named after the legendary bird that regenerates itself, the Phoenix Project is a comprehensive plan to revitalize the Fairview and Mount Auburn neighborhoods surrounding GSH. The goal of the project is to spur ongoing development and investment to maintain the neighborhood as a safe and attractive urban community for residents and businesses.

The Phoenix Project focuses on the building blocks of strong neighborhoods: housing, business, social network, neighborhood safety, growth, and education. In an effort to improve homeownership in the area, the project offers low-interest home improvement loans to resident owners and down payment help for first-time home buyers. The Phoenix Project also offers a summer day camp for the youth and a training and employment program for teenagers to help them learn the necessary skills to find and keep a job.

Accomplishments:

  • 100 blighted properties removed from landscape
  • Salem and Catalpa Gateways created
  • Fairview Commons Campus (new PK-8 Fairview School, park, spray park, pool enhancements)
  • 33 new lease-to-purchase homes
  • $1M in private home investment via DPA, Home Improvement Loans, Home Choice, Rebuilding Together
  • Crime down more than 50%
  • Organized neighborhood associations
  • Gateway public art dedicated”