The Genesis Project is a partnership among the City of Dayton, the University of Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital, CityWide Development Corp., County Corp. and the Fairgrounds neighborhood. The project builds on neighborhood assets and ideas, with all partners supporting a vision of rebirth. Improving the physical environment is a substantial part of the plan. The Genesis Project has enabled home ownership to grow to 75 percent, 40 sub-standard houses to be demolished, and 34 homes to be built or rebuilt. The homes that result are targeted to people of moderate income levels of $25,000 to $40,000 a year.
The Fitz Center works at the intersection of the University of Dayton and the community to help develop the community's assets while giving faculty, staff, and students opportunities to support neighborhoods and build communities. A new traffic plan for the neighborhood and surrounding business districts has been approved by the city, and plans are underway for Genesis II to complete housing construction on the remaining vacant lots.