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Unique artist space discovers new life


Investment helps commercial complex thrive in Dayton.

By Thomas Gnau
Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News

A complex of historic Dayton industrial buildings is proving to be a haven for local artists, even as it gets a new lease on life.
The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority Board of Trustees last month approved a $300,000 loan
to the company overseeing the Front Street buildings, a commercial complex that bills itself as “the largest community of artists and artisans in the Dayton area.”

“It’s just a very eclectic community,” said Krysten Smith, who helps manage the trio of buildings straddling East Second and Front streets. “There’s a whole variety of different types of art that we do here — from painters to sculptors, jewelers to woodworkers, screening printers, photographers.”

Pictured: Krysten Smith, Front Street Buildings manager, and Chris Meyer of Energy Optimizers, USA agree: There’s no place quite like Front Street. THOMAS GNAU / STAFF

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