pop-up project

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the pop-up project

Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is excited to present the Pop-up Project. This program matches business owners and entrepreneurs who want to try out a business concept with downtown property owners who have first-floor storefront space available for occupancy. The Activated Spaces Pop-Up Project is a component of the Greater Dayton Downtown Plan.

Lease lengths range from three to six months. The spaces have varying lease rates, but are leased below market value. Activated Spaces volunteers connect retailers with commercial property owners, help make the space move-in ready, and promote the business during such events as First Friday and Summer In The City events. Selected businesses negotiate leasing terms directly with the selected property owner, but flexibility for the tenant is a priority.

now accepting applications

We are currently accepting applications for shops to open in May 2017. Download the application here and submit by 5:00pm Friday, February 17 to Jen Cadieux at cadieux@downtowndayton.org.

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Download our frequently asked questions document. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Jen Cadieux at cadieux@downtowndayton.org.

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