Opening in 1929, Biltmore Towers in Dayton, Ohio was once considered one of the most prominent hotels in America hosting the likes of John F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley. The development was converted into affordable apartments for seniors and disabled residents in 1980, then was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Over the decades, the 230-unit complex grew in need of a massive renovation to ensure its preservation as an affordable housing community. Through a partnership between Related Affordable, the division of Related Companies that develops, acquires and preserves affordable housing throughout the nation with a portfolio of more than 50,000 affordable and workforce housing units, and St. Mary Development Corporation, a faith-based non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life of older people, especially in Southwest, Ohio, Biltmore Towers underwent a two-year comprehensive rehabilitation with commitments for affordability to extend an additional 30 years.
Totaling more than 300,000 square feet, Biltmore Towers is comprised of a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, 15,000 square feet of commercial space and 12,000 square feet of amenity space. The full renovation included much needed structural renovations such as new roofing, façade repairs and upgrades to the elevators, windows and plumbing, as well as extensive updates to each residence with new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and lighting. Updated amenities include the renovation of the second-floor community areas including the former ballroom—which once hosted musical acts from around the world—into a common gathering area, a new fitness center with cardio and physical therapy equipment, a barber salon, a flexible multi-purpose room, new management and resident service coordinator offices and more.
More than 90 years after The Dayton Biltmore opened to great fanfare as a hotel that would host JFK, Elvis Presley, and more, Related Affordable and St. Mary Development Corporation partnered to revitalize the iconic building. The renovation consists of a complete overhaul to serve both the residents and the downtown community.
The second-floor community amenity areas include the former grand ballroom turned into a common gathering area, a new fitness center with cardio and physical therapy equipment, a barber salon, a flexible multi-purpose room, new management and resident service coordinator offices and more.