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Vol. 23, No. 33 August 20, 2014 www.oakwoodregister.com Metro Library commissions Oakwood artist to create sculpture Back to School City sidewalks were packed with strollers, bicycles and youngsters bearing backpacks as Oakwood schools opened their doors to stu- dents Tuesday morning. Above, from left, Smith School fifth graders Tess Patton, Abbey Menza, Madeline Noton, Grace Hartman and Cate Bowman gear up for another school year. At left, Katherine Cezeaux, escorts her daughter, Claire, 7, to her first day of second grade, accompanied by sister Madeleine, 4, and younger brother James, age 2. The Dayton Metro Library and the Dayton Art Institute have selected Oakwood artist Darren Kall's pro- posal for an original art installa- tion at the Electra C. Doren Branch Library in Old North Dayton. This is the first piece commissioned by the ReImagining Works project, coordi- nated by the library and DAI, which will incorporate original artwork at each Dayton Metro Library loca- tion. The Doren Branch, located on Troy Street, is the oldest in the county-wide system and the first to undergo renovation in the $187 mil- lion "Libraries for a Smarter Future" project. ReImagining Works suggested several pieces from DAI's perma- nent collection for reinterpretation at the Doren branch library, with the painting Stacks in Celebration, by Charles Sheeler, selected. In his win- ning proposal, Kall reimagines the painting as a sculptural metal fence surrounding a new outdoor reading terrace at the Library. The fence will be comprised of eight cutout pan- els depicting notable Dayton archi- tecture, particularly the buildings of Old North Dayton. The fence pan- els "invite you to contemplate their patterns and inspire you to be part of Dayton's industrial spirit," Kall explained. "Their vibrant reflections, solidity and playfulness are letting you know that the Dayton spirit of making things is still alive. "The sculptures I create will be touchable for the visually impaired," added Kall. "Patrons of the library will be invited to touch the sculptures so that they can build a tactile image Condo development redesign approved at Pointe Oakwood Oakwood City Council on Monday approved the construction of a three- building, 23-unit condominium com- plex as part of the Pointe Oakwood development at the corner of Far Hills and West Schantz Avenue. The vote allows developers — Oakwood Investment Group and Versant Group — to "compact the footprint" of a four-building, 20-unit site plan origi- nally approved by the city in 2012. Developers told council that their original plan was financially unfea- sible, forcing them to redesign the residential development and seek city approval of a revamped architectural concept for the 36-acre site. Under the plan approved Monday the development will include two three-story buildings and one two- story structure, offering 23 condo- miniums, ranging in size from 1,800 to 2,800 square feet, in Prairie, shin- gle-style building designs, according to project architect Gary Weaver of Indianapolis, who was on hand to address a public hearing on the proj- ect. Oakwood Vice Mayor Steve Byington, who holds a degree in architecture and lives in a West Schantz neighborhood facing the building site, recused himself from Monday night's vote to voice opposi- tion to the amended Pointe Oakwood proposal. "Oakwood is an incredibly unique architectural community," Byington told council. "Oakwood has man- aged, through conscientious review, to promote and maintain a perfect balance of architectural image and character." Among the objections raised to the condominium project, Byington said that the proposed development was not subject to the same building constraints imposed on surrounding residential properties, zoned R3 by the city, particularly with regards to limitations placed on structural height and building setback requirements. Byington said he was not opposed to building condominiums at the corner of Far Hills and West Schantz, but instead told council that he objected to "the architectural scale and mass" of the project, which he contends would not be "compatible" with the neighboring residential architecture. "The buildings," said Byington, "will have the appearance of a giant wall" separating existing homes from neighboring Pointe Oakwood resi- dences. "This new proposed arrange- ment of buildings almost totally encloses the Schantz and Far Hills corner, essentially walling it off from the neighborhood," the vice mayor added. "I do not want this hulking mass to define...my neighborhood. This proposal creates an imposing wall. It's a wall constructed of high- end, luxury building materials, but it's a wall nonetheless. It is not in scale with the surrounding neighbor- hood and it has a massiveness that is closed and uninviting." Byington's objections went City Council "This sketch illustrates what one of the eight panels might look like. In the final sculpture, what is black in this sketch will be steel. The white spaces will be open space allow- ing light to pass through creating the foreground and background of the image." ‐ Darren Kall See Condo on page 9 u See Artist on page 9 u

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