EAST END COMMUNITY MARKET
ABOUT HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELPMENT
Having access to affordable and nutritious food, including fresh produce, is essential for a community's well-being. Together with our partners at Mission of Mary Cooperative, Twin Towers Neighborhood Association, Co-Op Dayton, and community members, we are helping to create an East End Community Market at 405 Xenia Ave, the site of a former convenience store which troubled the neighborhood for many years.
While details are still to be determined, the initial community vision for the 405 Xenia Ave. property is of a vibrant and welcoming space that serves as a destination for residents and visitors to the neighborhood, but also meets core needs by providing fresh produce, basic staples, and prepared foods. Other suggestions have emphasized the importance of creating a safe and secure space, one welcoming of children and family. Job training and work opportunities for youth and other residents are also of great interest.
Planning Process and Momentum
EECS and project partners are overseeing the planning process and are soliciting input about how the site can best serve community needs and interests. Below are highlights of the effort thus far:
January 28, 2019: A public meeting was held, inviting input from school officials, parents, residents of the immediate neighborhoods, and the board of directors for East End Neighborhood Development Corporation. Over 80 people attended and helped shape the beginning of a vision for the site. Key takeaways included an emphasis on accessible and healthy food, including a catering, deli, and grocery.
March - April 2019: In response to the first meeting, Mission of Mary Cooperative reached out for support from the University of Dayton's Flyer Consulting, a "student-run organization that provides complimentary business consulting to nonprofit organizations." Flyer Consulting students then graciously volunteered their time, developing a complimentary business plan that researched the financial feasibility and sustainability of the community's ideas. Their findings were cautiously optimistic, effectively recommending either a deli and/or grocery but not a catering service. The final 47-page analysis was completed in May 2019 andis available upon request.
May 6, 2019: A second public community meeting was held to provide an update and review the findings of Flyer Consulting. With momentum underway, the meeting also provided the chance to request more nuanced information from community members and to begin forming task forces to advance the project. Contingent on ongoing interest and support from the community, a soft opening with a pop-up market is planned for late summer.
May 7, 2019: East End Neighborhood Development Corporation officially purchased the property located at 405 Xenia Ave.
May 10, 2019: Families from Ruskin Elementary School contributed their input via individual surveys distributed during Family Night. A digital survey has been developed (link below) to reach even more people!
July 30, 2019: Sherwin Williams on Linden Ave. generously agreed to donate paint and supplies to help us refurbish the exterior of the building. Date TBD for volunteer painting session.
August 3, 2019: Community members are invited to join us in cleaning out the inside of the building and helping to prepare the space for its formal renovation.
February 11, 2019: Sandwich shop? Small grocery? What do you want at closed Xenia Avenue site?
February 20, 2019: 'Problem' Xenia Avenue business could become 'community asset'
May 11, 2019: Xenia Avenue could get community market
Keep in Touch
Volunteer for one of our task forces focused on Construction and Maintenance, Public Relations and Outreach, Shopper and Consumer Research, and Business Consulting.
Take our consumer survey (10-15 minutes) and share how a market here in Twin Towers can best meet your shopping needs.
Support the Market
Every cent counts toward the future of the market. If you would like to donate to planning and renovation costs, please click the link below. You can leave instructions in the note section. You may also write a check payable to "East End Neighborhood Development Corporation" and send to 624 Xenia Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45410.