Consultant: Making Middletown neighborhood historic could be ‘powerful tool’ for new life

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A consultant told the Middletown City Council that if the Oakland neighborhood is designated a historic district, it could become “a powerful tool” for the city’s economic growth.

Dan Barton of Brainwave Historic Preservation Consulting said the Oakland area has “fallen on hard times,” but he believes with the right plan and execution, its success can mirror Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati and the Oregon District in Dayton. He said the redevelopment of the area could spur interest from younger residents and financial institutions willing to invest.

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