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From the 6/30/05 Dayton Daily News:

 

 

Wright-Dunbar gets sites on West Third Street

By Cathy Mong

Dayton Daily News

 

DAYTON | Three West Third Street buildings deemed critical in revitalizing the historic Wright-Dunbar Business Village have been purchased by Wright-Dunbar Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rebuilding effort.

 

The properties contain more than 75,000 square feet of space and were bought from longtime owner Marsha Greenberg for $600,000, said Wright-Dunbar Inc. Executive Director Idotha Bootsie Neal.

 

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/0630wright.html

 

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From the 9/2/05 Dayton Daily News:

 

 

COMEBACK CONTINUES

Businesses move to Wright-Dunbar

2 new groups to move to historic neighborhood

By Jaclyn Giovis

Dayton Daily News

 

DAYTON | Two new businesses are moving to the Wright-Dunbar Business Village, giving area leaders a surge of optimism that revitalization efforts here are starting to produce results.

 

This week, PriMed Physicians, an independent physicians organization serving the Dayton region, opened a family medicine and pediatrics practice at 1152 W. Third St.

 

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/content/business/daily/0902wrightdunbar.html

 

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More good news...from the 9/22/05 Dayton Business Journal:

 

 

Wright Dunbar gets grant money

Yvonne Teems

DBJ Staff Reporter

 

The city granted Wright Dunbar Inc. almost $1 million Wednesday evening at the Dayton City Commission meeting.

 

The funds will be used as part of the Wright Dunbar Village Main Street Program to rehabilitate the interiors of historic buildings on the West Third Street Corridor between Shannon Street and Broadway.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2005/09/19/daily25.html

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From the 11/3/05 Dayton Daily News:

 

 

Wright area on right track

Official gives thumbs-up review of revitalization

By Margo Rutledge Kissell

Dayton Daily News

 

DAYTON | Douglas Peters toured the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and other renovated buildings Monday and was impressed.

 

"It's really rewarding to see the rebirth of this neighborhood," said Peters, president and chief executive officer of the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, who had worked for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce from 1985-92.

 

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/community/content/localnews/neighbors/dayton/1103wright.html

 

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From the 2/20/06 Dayton Business Journal:

 

 

Officials ready business village for overhaul

Plans include recruiting new businesses to historic area

John Wilfong

DBJ Staff Reporter

 

Wright Dunbar Inc. is on the verge of launching a development effort to change the face of the historic business district.

 

Group officials are preparing to unveil the framework of their plan to usher in a new era for the Wright Dunbar Business Village set to include restaurants, shops and other businesses along their stretch of West Third Street in Dayton. Since starting its work in the late 1990s, the nonprofit group has focused on buying and stabilizing historic buildings between Shannon and Broadway streets.

 

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http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2006/02/20/story4.html

 

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Part of that vision includes clusters of smaller government contractors working with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Sculimbrene said contractors requiring 3,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet could find a welcome home in relatively close proximity to the base.

 

ROFTL!

 

Right, Tony.

 

...relatively close proximity is the Fairfield Mall/Colonel Glenn/Beavercreek area (and no city taxes), and maybe Riverside.

 

 

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From the 5/18/06 Dayton Daily News:

 

 

Renovated facades put a fresh face on village

By Margo Rutledge Kissell

Dayton Daily News

 

DAYTON — Two years ago, attorneys Mia Wortham Spells and Michael C. Thompson opened an office in the Wright-Dunbar Business Village.

 

"We just believed this area was going to rebound and we wanted to be part of that effort," Spells said from the law firm at 5 N. Williams St.

 

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/ddn0518wrightdunbar.html


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Historic Wright-Dunbar Business Village an up-and-coming place for redevelopment

Events help publicize area as ripe with possibility for commercial growth.

By Margo Rutledge Kissell

Staff Writer

 

DAYTON — Three years after the Centennial of Flight celebration wrapped up, Idotha Bootsie Neal works quietly behind the scenes trying to draw businesses and visitors back to the historic Wright-Dunbar Business Village.

 

The focus: Commercial redevelopment.

 

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/0518wrightdunbarinside.html

 

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I wasn't going to do it, but ended up taking that Third Street Shuttle to Wright-Dunbar tonight, just to see what its "Urban Nights" deal was.

 

And I was impressed. 

 

It was quite a bit more lively than downtown.  Jazz tent, open galleries (with live music), outdoor barbeque stand, and I ended up at crowded Smokey Joes listening to a  jazz combo and eating some chicken and a fish sandwich.  The theme was "Strolling the Nickle", sort of a recreation of the old 5th Street scene....and one of the galleries was showing this documentary video on  the history and venues of old 5th Street.

 

The old car cruise-in was great. I like old cars so this was up my alley... Some good old "bombes" (lowrider slang for a 40s car), but also this really really sweet late 60s Chevelle with chrome plated engine work..a true show car.  And an BMW Isetta...the first Ive seen in real life. 

 

This was a great debut for Wright-Dunbar to the Urban Nights crowd. 

 

 

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From the 8/21/06 DDN:

 

 

Wright-Dunbar not on fast track, but sure path

By Lisa Scott

Staff Writer

 

DAYTON | Wright-Dunbar, an area once known mostly as an eyesore to many Dayton residents, has undergone a cosmetic rebirth thanks to Wright-Dunbar Inc.

 

And yet, many are still wondering — where are the businesses?

 

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/082106business.html

 

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Video of improvements begin at 3:00.

 

I don't know what the heck is going on around 4:30, but it's worth a look.

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Housing redevelopment proposed for historic Dayton neighborhood

 

Another housing redevelopment could come to West Third Street in the next chapter of the revival of the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood.

 

Wright Dunbar Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving the neighborhood, is seeking an $850,000 project to renovate Building F, at 1117 W. Third St. The project would turn the vacant building into eight affordable housing units. It would be funded through HOME Investment Partnership Funds, managed by Wright Dunbar and CityWide Development Corp.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2015/05/20/housing-redevelopment-proposed-for-historic-dayton.html


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Dance company to renovate space near Wright-Dunbar

 

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A famous Dayton dance company is looking to modernize its performing arts space west of downtown.

 

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is assembling the funds for about $450,000 in renovations to 12,000 square feet of space it uses at 840 Germantown St. immediately west of downtown Dayton, near the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood, said DCDC’s executive director Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2015/12/15/exclusive-dance-company-to-renovate-space-near.html


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Proposed $6M VA project gets green light

 

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A proposed new housing project on the Dayton VA Medical Center campus has a green light.

 

Department of Veteran Affairs’ Secretary Robert McDonald approved the Dayton VA to be a priority location for a new Fisher House, a $4 million to $6 million housing project funded mostly through donations that would be a temporary home for veterans undergoing treatment and their families.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2015/12/proposed-6m-va-project-gets-green-light.html


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Company moving in Wright-Dunbar neighborhood

 

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A company is investing $200,000 to renovate an old post office building in the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood where it wants to move.

 

PayCo Inc. plans to renovate the 3,300-square-foot facility at 8/10 N. Williams St. where it plans to relocate its office, currently in about 700 square feet of space at nearby 13 N. Williams St.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/02/10/company-moving-in-wright-dunbar-neighborhood.html


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$10M senior housing project seeks tax credits in northwest Dayton

 

The city has put its support behind a $10.2 million senior housing project that has been proposed in northwest Dayton.

 

The request for state low income housing tax credits will aid the College Hill Manor — a redevelopment project CityWide Development Corp. has proposed at the former Miracle Lane Shopping Center, near the intersection of Salem Avenue and West Hillcrest Avenue in northwest Dayton.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/02/18/10m-senior-housing-project-seeks-tax-credits-in.html


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Apartments, other businesses, set for Wright-Dunbar neighborhood

 

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New apartments will be ready to rent in Wright-Dunbar this April.

 

Erica Hubler, community development specialist with CityWide Development Corp., said in a city of Dayton Youtube video that the second phase of an apartment project will wrap up this spring, with eight more units completed.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/03/18/apartments-other-businesses-set-for-wright-dunbar.html


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Wright Factory in Dayton lands big grant

 

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The Wright Brothers Factory Site in West Dayton will receive a grant hoped to speed redevelopment of the property.

 

The site at 2701 Home Avenue will receive a $1 million grant for continued preservation, the city announced today, in a presentation by State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, speaker of the Ohio House. This marks the latest in efforts to redevelop the 54-acre site that was at one time where the Wright Brothers manufactured their first aircraft.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/06/07/wright-factory-in-dayton-lands-big-grant.html


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$10M Dayton Metro Library planned at Wright Brothers factory site

 

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The Dayton Metro Library is planning a $10 million branch in West Dayton by the site of the Wright Brothers factory.

 

The project will merge the Westwood and Madden Hills branches into a new 24,000 facility, continuing the library network's massive capital improvement effort.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/06/20/10m-dayton-metro-library-planned-at-wright.html


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Just came here to post about this... this could end up being pretty cool. Glad to see the building got saved.


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Agreed.  The westside needs all it can get right now.


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$1.5M grant to help redevelop Dayton neighborhood

 

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A $1.5 million federal grant is expected to pave the way for the redevelopment of a distressed Dayton neighborhood.

 

U.S. Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday a $1.5 million grant to Greater Dayton Premier Management to help with the redevelopment of the DeSoto Bass neighborhood, a tract of land in inner-west Dayton immediately southwest of the I-75 and U.S. Route 35 interchange.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/06/28/1-5m-grant-to-help-redevelop-dayton-neighborhood.html


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Key milestone reached in Wright Factory revival

 

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Advocates say they have hit a key milestone in the redevelopment of the former Wright Brothers factory site in West Dayton.

 

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance, boosted by a number of major recent donations, is now more than half way to the $4 million goal to buy and begin to revive the dormant 54-acre plot of land that once held the Delphi Home Avenue site. Boosted by a big commitment from the Dayton Metro Library, it says it is coming closer to succeeding.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2016/07/key-milestone-reached-in-wright-factory-revival.html


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Developer looks to rehab big Dayton property

 

The city of Dayton will consider selling a big piece of vacant industrial real estate to a developer who could be eyeing its rehabilitation.

 

The city commission will decide Wednesday on an agreement to sell the vacant McCall building at 2333 McCall St. in the Westview Industrial Park. The 350,000-square-foot property has been vacant since 2010 and the city has been attempting to sell it since that time, city documents show.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/08/22/developer-looks-to-rehab-big-dayton-property.html


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City gives OK to sale of big Dayton property to investor

 

The city of Dayton has green-lit the sale of a major west Dayton property to a Milwaukee investment group planning a big rehabilitation project.

 

City commissioners approved Wednesday morning the sale of 2333 McCall St. to an LLC affiliated with Milwaukee-based Phoenix Investors, for $300,000. The real estate group plans to spend the next 6 to 9 months making significant repairs to the 350,000-square-foot building to prepare for its revival. The group hopes to eventually attract a new tenant to the property for warehousing, industrial or manufacturing use.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/08/24/city-gives-ok-to-sale-of-big-dayton-property-to.html


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City and landlord: Dayton's unusual development strategy

 

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Dayton's 15-year ownership of a big west Dayton industrial building was a long, atypical play to revive the local economy, officials say.

 

The city approved the sale of the 350,000-square-foot industrial building at 2333 McCall St. Wednesday morning to Milwaukee-based investment group Phoenix Investment, and the sale could close in 90 days. This comes after five years of searching for a tenant or developer for the building, which the city bought in 2001.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/08/24/city-and-landlord-daytons-unusual-development.html


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Plan for Wright Factory site continues

 

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The plan for the 54-acre Wright Factory site is continuing as the land owners are negotiating with a nonprofit that wants to purchase the land.

 

Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, announced at the group's annual meeting Tuesday that it had formally begun negotiations on the 54-acre Wright Factory site in west Dayton, which houses the factory where the Wright Brothers first manufactured aircraft.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/08/25/plan-for-wright-factory-site-continues.html


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Dayton to market historic building for redevelopment

 

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Dayton will market a historic building and one-time cultural hub for prospective redevelopment.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/10/20/dayton-to-market-historic-building-for.html


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^ Wrong thread? This isn't Huffman/East Side. It's off of Edwin C. Moses, west of the CBD.

 

Hope they find a taker on the building.

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Shoot, you're right!  I saw Linden and thought "duh" but I didn't know any buildings in Linden that looked like that.  Thanks for the correction!


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Tax credits could help redevelop Wright-Dunbar building

 

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CityWide Development Corp. plans to seek historic tax credits for a building in the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood to rehabilitate it for housing.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/10/26/tax-credits-could-help-redevelop-wrightdunbar.html


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More funds sought as part of new effort to bring businesses to Wright-Dunbar

 

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Developers hope to draw yet more businesses to the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood in West Dayton.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/01/03/more-funds-sought-as-part-of-new-effort-to-bring.html


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3rd Street has a ton of potential, and Texas Beef could definitely use some more neighbors, and W-D needs all the love it can get. I think the biggest problem, besides the stigma of being the West Side, is that it's pretty isolated from the other gentrifying areas south and east of downtown.


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Indeed, it is an island.


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Agnes All Natural, which moved out of its downtown location and is currently operating as a food truck, is supposed to be opening back up at 1513 W. Third St., just down the block from Texas Beef. They've announced it a few times on their Facebook page. I'm a big fan of their food.

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Yeah, Agnes is good stuff.  I miss them.


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West Dayton cleanup project to get $750K in state funds

 

About $750,000 in state funds will help a Milwaukee developer revive a vacant industrial site in West Dayton.

 

City commission will vote Wednesday on whether to grant $750,000 in funds from the Ohio Job Ready Sites program to help with the renovation of the McCalls Building at 2333 McCall St. Last August, Milwaukee-based Phoenix Investors agreed to buy the vacant building for $300,000, and city documents show they expect to spend another $1.5 million cleaning up the 350,000-square-foot building.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/02/15/west-dayton-cleanup-project-to-get-750k-in-state.html


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$10M Housing expansion proposed at VA campus

 

Developers are proposing doubling the size of a housing development on the campus of the Dayton VA Medical Center.

 

Dayton-based St. Mary Development Corp. is looking at the $10 million, 55-unit McBride Place project as an expansion of the standing Lyons Place II development, an independent living facility for low-income seniors and with preferential placement for veterans 62 and older. That facility has been filled, said Wes Young, v ice president and chief real estate officer of St. Mary Development Corp.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/03/23/10housing-expansion-proposed-at-va-campus.html


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Wright Brothers-themed bikes to be made in their legacy neighborhood

 

A Wright Brothers themed retail shop is opening in the legacy Dayton neighborhood of the famed inventors, where bicycles bearing their brand will also be assembled.

 

Address will be 1105 W 3rd St.

 

Paywalled article: http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/06/07/wright-brothersthemed-bikes-to-be-made-in-their.html#i1

 

Non-paywalled article: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/breaking-news/new-store-sell-aviation-fashion-bikes-wright-dunbar/G7IgA1z0osbxTrO59RDEFP/

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Plan calls for improving West Dayton corridors

 

The outline will help with bidding on funding and will guide city officials.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/07/12/plan-calls-for-improving-west-dayton-corridors.html


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120 jobs could be headed to West Dayton

 

A West Carrollton company is planning to move about 120 jobs to West Dayton when it renovates a large manufacturing facility, according to city of Dayton documents.

 

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/breaking-news/120-jobs-could-headed-west-dayton/0DhzoWJfu1OFhuCDT1Vu7N/


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Seems like a logical move for PDSI. It appears the facility was formerly home to one of their competitors, a company that did not treat their employees well.

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New business planned for Wright Dunbar in West Dayton

 

 

A real estate agency plans to buy and occupy a building located in the Wright-Dunbar business district.

 

Vintage Investments LLC plans to purchase a two-story building at 1024 W. Third St. from the city of Dayton for $50,000.

 

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http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/new-business-planned-for-wright-dunbar-west-dayton/mQenECR4hRKOEq48QPXSdP/

 

 

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I also saw some work going on inside the old post office on Williams. Not sure what's going in there yet.

 

 


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Nonprofit aims to restore, revitalize former Wright Company site

 

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A long-awaited plan to transform the Wright Company factory site may soon become a reality.

 

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA), a nonprofit that seeks to promote and preserve historic resources in the National Aviation Heritage Area around the Dayton region, hopes to transform the 54-acre Wright Company factory site into an educational hub, as well as a new branch of the Dayton Metro Library.

 

NAHA, a Dayton-based partner of the National Park Service, currently operates 15 historic sites in eight counties, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The organization has long planned to add the Wright Company factory to its list, but a lack of funding has made acquiring the property from its private owner, Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, impossible.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/05/31/nonprofit-aims-to-restore-revitalize-former-wright.html


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Wright-Dunbar neighborhood gains momentum

 

On a good day, you’d be lucky to grab a table at Texas Beef & Cattle Co. At lunch, the line is out the door.

 

It’s a pretty good analogy for the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood these days, as new businesses, and now new developers, look at the Third Street corridor as a new place to set up shop.

 

Walking down the street one weekday, Erica Hubler, director of real estate and property management for Wright-Dunbar Inc., recounted the state of many once empty buildings now showing signs of life.

 

“We’ve made a lot of strides in the last three years in terms of new businesses, and they’ve all stayed,” she said. The distinctive barbecue stand has been there over two years as one of the longest serving tenants, and nowadays it’s drawing people over from downtown for lunch.

 

Wright Dunbar Inc. has been busy turning around buildings to be re-used. Payco has finished its move to 8 N. Williams St. and its old, 1,100-square-foot storefront at 5 N. Williams St. is ready to be backfilled.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/06/01/wright-dunbar-neighborhood-gains-momentum.html

 

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City eyes $1M purchase of historic Wright Brothers factory in west Dayton

 

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The city of Dayton is looking to acquire a piece of historic real estate in an effort to preserve the site and construct a new library.

 

The Department of Economic Development wants to purchase 54 acres of land at 2701 Home Ave. in west Dayton, which includes the historic Wright Brothers Factory Hangars.

 

The Wright Company factory is one of very few structures built by Wilbur and Orville Wright that still stands today. Built in 1910 and 1911, it's also the oldest aircraft factory in the world. The factory was able to produce four airplanes per month, more than any other aircraft manufacturer at that time.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/10/01/city-eyes-1m-purchase-of-historic-wright-brothers.html


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Five Rivers MetroParks seeks funding for upgrades to west Dayton park

 

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Five Rivers MetroParks is seeking funding for renovations and updates to a west Dayton park.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/01/08/nonprofit-seeks-funding-for-upgrades-to-west.html

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City's redevelopment of former Wright Co. hangars moves forward

 

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The city of Dayton and its community partners are coming together to preserve and redevelop a historic piece of real estate so that it will become a contributing asset to the region through cultural tourism.

 

In October, the city purchased 54 acres at 2701 Home Ave. for $1 million. It includes five manufacturing hangars, two of which were the original facilities where the Wright brothers produced their airplane models. Plans are starting to form around how they’ll be used in the future.

 

Ford Weber, the city’s director of economic development, said the two historic Wright hangars – built in 1910 and 1911 – will be preserved for “cultural historic tourism.” The nonprofit National Aviation Heritage Alliance in Dayton advocated for their preservation and for the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park to operate the facilities.

 

In addition to the hangars, the redevelopment project will include a new, $10 million Dayton Metro Library branch.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/03/08/citys-redevelopment-of-former-wright-co-hangars.html

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That was excellent.  I don't believe they are a member of this site but I hope they join sometime!

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