Downtown addresses available via new Activated Office project

September 25, 2018

Downtown Dayton’s Activated Spaces program — which started running the Pop Up Shop Project in 2011 — is launching a new project: Activated Office.

The new program works to activate empty downtown office space the same way the Pop Up Shop Project activated empty first floor storefronts.

Three Activated Office tenants will receive a short-term lease option in a newly renovated, open, nontraditional, collaborative office space on the eighth floor of Liberty Tower, located at 120 W. Second St.

Selected tenants will also receive a small stipend to assist with startup costs, a below-market lease rate, 10 hours of free legal services from Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling and 15 hours of free marketing support from either Catapult Creative or Creative Fuse.

Applications are now being accepted for the new Activated Office program. Visit to apply online, or email the application found on the web page to Jan Cadieux of Downtown Dayton Partnership at [email protected]. Applications are due by 5pm Friday, Oct. 12.

Since its 2011 inception, the Activated Spaces Pop Up Shop Project has launched 26 new businesses — 17 of which stayed open past their initial pop up period, filled approximately 25,000 square feet of previously vacant space, and created 42 jobs.

In that same time period, more than 120 startups have launched downtown, bolstered by recent initiatives to support this entrepreneurial community including Start Downtown, Dayton Startup Week, Dayton Tech Guide, plans for the Dayton Arcade & partnerships between The Entrepreneur’s Center, Air Force Research Lab, Wright Brothers Institute and Wright State Research Institute.

Program leaders hope Activated Office will be another resource to support Dayton’s growing startup community, stated a press release.

The Activated Spaces Project is driven by volunteers from the young professional organizations UpDayton and Generation Dayton, with support from the Downtown Dayton Partnership and other community volunteers. Activated Spaces is part of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a strategic blueprint for the future of downtown.

Those interested in volunteering with Activated Spaces should e-mail [email protected].