activated spaces application

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what you need to know to apply

To be considered for the Pop-Up project, your proposal must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 17, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Cadieux at 224-1518 x226 or

The Activated Spaces Pop-Up Project, a component of the Greater Dayton Downtown Plan, is currently seeking proposals from prospective pop-up retail tenants. The ultimate goal of the Activated Spaces Pop-Up Project is to create a vibrant downtown that serves as a destination for the Greater Dayton Region.  We will achieve this goal by facilitating the short-term lease of vacant storefronts in downtown Dayton.

The Pop-Up Project matches tenants looking to launch their business with downtown property owners who have first floor storefront space available for occupancy.

Are you interested in opening a retail space in downtown Dayton? If so, we want to hear from you.  The minimal lease length for your shop will be three months. Spaces will have varying lease rates, but will be leased below market value.

Please note all proposals will remain confidential until accepted into the program. Upon acceptance into the program, all Activated Spaces tenants will be featured in publications and marketing materials. By submitting your application, you are not committed to leasing space if accepted.

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leasing details

Pop-up lease terms are three to six months and long term leases are encouraged after the lease terms expire. Lease terms will be negotiated directly with the property owner. Flexibility for the tenant is a priority.

community resources for business planning

There are several resources in the community who are available to assist with writing a business plan or answer any questions you may have before taking the next step to open your storefront. Please utilize them if necessary before turning in your application.


  • February 17, 2017: Deadline for pop-up project application
  • Week of February 27, 2017: Interviews conducted with top applicants, Pop-up tenants selected.
  • Week of March 6, 2017: Notify winners and start touring available spaces.
  • April 30, 2017: Lease must be signed. Applicants should expect to open their shops in May 2017.

activated spaces application

business overview application

by submitting your application you are not committed to leasing the space if accepted.

full name:your full name
business name:your full name
mailing address:your full name
city:your full name
zipcode:your full name
best way to contact youselect one
square footage required:SF
what amenities do you require?select all that apply
list additional ammenities:
are you available to occupy and open your pop-up shop in May 2017?
how long do you plan to occupy the space?The pop-up project requires leases to be at least 3 months
how long do you plan to occupy your space?
the project requires the tenant to be responsible for all store equipment and furniture (tables, seating, etc.). are you prepared to do this?
do you plan to open a shop if you are not selected to participate in the pop-up project?
organizational background
describe your shop concept:more details
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proposed business hours
wednesday:your full name
thursday:your full name
friday:your full name
saturday:your full name
sunday:your full name
proposed number of employeespick one!
is this an establish start-up or business?select one
how long has it been established?select one
what previous experiences have you had that are relevant to your shop?more details
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what is the average price of your products/services?
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who are your target customers, and how do you plan to reach those customers? Please be as specific as possible.more details
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if you are an existing business, what have you learned from your customers about your offerings? What are your “best sellers?”
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Please list three ways you plan to successfully sustain your pop-up shop over the 3 to 6 month pop-up period. 

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what's the status of any inventory/materials/equipment that would be needed for the pop-up shop?more details
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please describe the role of each person who will be involved in operating the shop:more details
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Include 2-5 images of your products and/or 1-2 samples of your marketing materials

Business plans are also appreciated by the review team if available; all documents are keptinternal to the Activated Spaces team    

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do you have the means to cover any out of pocket expenses such as monthly utility bills?pick one!
please check all leasing terms you would be open to:select all that apply
If you have any questions, please contact Jen Cadieux at 224-1518 x226 or

NOTE: Occupancy of temporary (and permanent) spaces requires the approval of the City of Dayton Building, Zoning and Fire Departments.Typically, the requirements for a temporary time limited occupancy are minimal and quickly handled, particularly if the space was previously used or already approved for a similar activity, the space is less than 3,000 sq. feet, not more than 75-ft front to back and occupancy is less than 50 people.  The Building and Fire Departments are directed by Ohio Law to ensure the proposed building/use doesn’t endanger public safety and welfare; including that fire extinguishers have been provided, that doors are openable (not locked shut), existing building systems (exit signs, lights, toilets, etc.) are provided and working.  Each existing building has its own unique history, so requirements will vary; please contact the Downtown Dayton Partnership as soon as an address and possible use is identified for assistance in obtaining city occupancy approval.

All food related applicants will also be responsible for obtaining the appropriate licenses and permits from the Montgomery County Public Health Department. Visit their website for all the necessary information and applications: 

Every business that plans to sell food to the public is required to get the necessary training and paperwork from Montgomery County. The health department will conduct an inspection of all pop-up shops that are selling food items in their stores.

If you have additional questions, please contact Cindy Jones, Plans Examiner, at (937) 2256150 or by email at

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