Wright-Patt needs to find thousands of workers in coming years
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base needs the right employees, and it needs them soon.
That was the upshot of a conference Monday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, meant to connect Air Force and Ohio education leaders on how best to build the Wright-Patterson workforce of the next generation.
Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at the base, said just over 40 percent of the base workforce will be eligible to retire in five short years. And 55 percent of that workforce is older than 45, he added.
Base officials are quick to emphasize that not every worker who is eligible to retire will in fact retire right away. But McMurry said those twin statistics shed light on what he called “the problem.”
One way to put the problem: The base needs to fill 3,120 jobs in the next five years. “We’re going to need workers,” said McMurry, who oversees a center with more than 28,000 employees across the nation. “The other thing is, I’m going to need workers with skills …. We need a skills refresh.””
Huber Heights residential growth adding 530 homes, units
The sign proclaiming Huber Heights as America’s largest community of brick homes may no longer stand along Interstate 70, but its legacy lives on through masonry requirements for the booming residential market the suburban community enjoys.
More than 730 new homes have been constructed within Huber Heights over the past five years in five major developments zoned with varying brick requirements, according to City Manager Rob Schommer. He estimated that amounts to a $120 million investment into the city’s housing stock, which he described as “vibrant, diverse and strong.”
“We have paid special attention to making sure we are a community that people want to live in and have options regardless of what their needs are in housing – whether they're single; a small, beginning family; a large family; empty-nesters or seniors needing limited or full assisted living,” Schommer said. “Residents enjoy that small-town sense and feel of a little less hustle and bustle, but know that they're not too far away from it if they want to get into it.”
Dayton-area home sales, prices continued to rise in April
Both home sales and home prices in the Dayton region saw an increase in April, continuing the trends of 2018.
A report from Dayton Realtors found sales of single-family homes and condominiums in the Miami Valley totaled 1,457 last month, an increase of 3 percent from last year. Sales volume generated last month saw an even higher increase of 12 percent from April 2018, totaling $257 million.
Both average and median home prices went up in April, with the average sale price of a Dayton-area home increasing 9 percent from the 2018 rate to approximately $176,500. The median sale price increased to $150,000, a 7 percent jump from last year.
A healthy housing market is indicative of an overall strong economy.
The first four months of 2019 saw 4,473 homes sold, the exact number seen in the first four months of 2018, according to the report. Sales volume, however, continues to increase. Home sales in the Dayton region from January to April have generated $729.6 million, a 5.8 percent increase from the same time period last year.
Dayton-area senior living community plans $9.2 million expansion
A Dayton-area senior living community will expand this spring.
The Carriage Trails Senior Villas will add 46 new affordable cottage-style apartments for residents 55 and over in the coming months as part of its second phase of development, according to a news release.
The Tipp City community — at 1000 Waterside Circle — offers high-quality affordable housing to seniors in the greater Dayton region. Carriage Trails' apartments include fully equipped gourmet kitchens, and the property also has a clubhouse with a business center and multipurpose community room, as well as on-site management and maintenance staff.
"Miller-Valentine Group is excited to further expand our portfolio in the greater Dayton area," said Brian McGeady, partner and president of Miller-Valentine Affordable Housing Development, in a release. "We look forward to having a long-term positive impact on all of the residents whom we will serve at Carriage Trails Senior Villas in the coming years."
New Huber entertainment district closer to reality, officials say
Voter approval of a liquor local option will move plans for a Huber Heights entertainment district forward, city officials said.
The Shoppes at The Heights - a proposed shopping and dining complex still in conception - needed the nod of voters to gain the liquor licenses city officials and developers said are needed to attract tenants.
The measure passed 63.9 to 36.1 percent, according to unofficial results.
"It will enable us to take the next step in the development of that project," said Councilman Mark Campbell of the election results. "Without that passage, we wouldn't have had the ability to develop that. So it was a very critical element of the big picture."
Cities have a certain quota of available liquor licenses, and Huber Heights has just one available D-5 permit for beer, wine and spirituous liquor seven days a week, which is the type sought for the new entertainment district.
More available liquor licenses sought ahead of Huber Heights project
With a new $100 million retail development coming to Huber Heights, the city is seeking to make more liquor licenses available for the district.
The increased liquor license availability would be for the Shoppes at The Heights, which is a mix of retail, office and hospitality businesses proposed for development next to Interstate 70 and Route 201. The developers on the project are 201 Corridor Management LLC and JJ Cafaro Investment Trust LLC.
The restaurants and hotels that could be coming to the area would likely take what's left of the most desired types of liquor licenses available for the area, so the city is seeking the state to approve up to 15 more liquor licenses available for applicants in a "certified entertainment district" where the Shoppes at The Heights will go.
City Manager Robert Schommer said it's common to have extra liquor licenses available for areas where there are clusters of restaurants.
The added availability, which the state is currently considering for approval, is a necessary part of the project, he said.
"If you are a restaurateur and you're looking into building your restaurant in this new complex of shops and you can't get a liquor license, that would certainly cause a problem," Schommer said.
In order to apply for the state to make more licenses available, Schommer said the application has to be for a region that's a minimum of 20 acres with a minimum of $50 million in investment coming to the area.
$100M Huber Heights project further detailed
A developer presented initial plans for a $100 million retail and office center project in Huber Heights, speaking Tuesday night at a city council meeting.
The proposed Shoppes at The Heights, next to Interstate 70 and Route 201, would be a mix of retail, office and hospitality businesses, to be developed by 201 Corridor Management LLC and JJ Cafaro Investment Trust LLC.
The work session was the first time the project was presented to the city officials.
Al George, vice president of JJ Cafaro Investment Trust, told city officials the project will probably break ground in early 2018 and be open for business in the summer of 2018. The project is still in a flexible stage and specific details like what buildings will go where is still in flux.
"We're still in the middle phases of how this project will turn out," he said.
The center would be built just northeast of the Rose Music Center and sit behind Meijer along Route 201. The developers bought 15 acres for the project and have an option on 55 of the 70 acres they want for the project.
The development would be a boon for the region leading to a massive construction operation, as well as new jobs, shopping options and more office space.