New Plan Would Bring Investments, Hope To Hilltop Area

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A local nonprofit is teaming up with a Dayton developer to bring new investments to the Hilltop area.

One longtime resident told 10TV he felt the Hilltop has been forgotten, turned into a dumping ground for other parts of the city that have already achieved revitalization. A Dayton-area Developer is out to change that perception by changing the neighborhood

Gene Klingler is one of the Hilltop's biggest cheerleaders.

“I kept looking around thinking, ‘This can't be real, the quality of these houses at the price,’” Klingler said.

John Roback lives in the same neighborhood, but has a very different view.

“It’s going downhill,” Roback said. “It's always been a marginal area.”

They are not so far apart on what ails the Hilltop and what might bring it back to life.

Monday night, neighbors heard from a for-profit developer collaborating with a non-profit group promising to take the Hilltop to new heights.

Stephen Torsell is Executive Director of Homes on the Hill, teaming up with Oberer Companies on a 40-unit project, combining new homes and rehabs of existing ones.

“By targeting it in a certain area, you really start, if you would, the renaissance in the community,” Torsell said.

Neighbors met the proposal with mixed emotions.

Developers said that the plan includes demolition of homes that are beyond saving, and that the new homes will be rent-to-own. Homes on the Hill's Director estimated that the project would cost $5-6 million. They are still working to secure funding.

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