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Project Details
Economic Development
Wright Factory Business Park
The City of Dayton is the owner of the former Wright Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Site. We are seeking funding for the redevelopment of the non-historic buildings/hangers (3, 4, and 5). Funding would be used to create and realized a state-of-the-art coworking/incubation space for black and brown entrepreneurs who typically don't have access to the start-up necessary to build out their own commercial space, as well as a food hall/retail space to house amenities for West Dayton residents.
Organization Details
City of Dayton
101 W. Third Street
Dayton, Ohio. 45401
Montgomery
Same
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Government
Organization Contact Details
Veronica Morris
Economic Development Supervisor
City of Dayton
(937) 333-3912
101 W. Third Street
Dayton, Ohio. 45401
Montgomery
Lamonte Hall, Assistant to the City Manager
City of Dayton
(937) 333-3794
lamonte.hall@daytonohio.gov
Location Details
Dayton
Montgomery
Ohio 10th
Financial Details
4500000
7921000
City of Dayton - $2,396,000 (American Rescue Plan) - (committed)
Other partner support: $1,025,000 for building improvements (forecasted)
Construction or Capital
No
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Yes
Within the next 6 months
HUD EDI
Community Details
After engagement with key commitment partners and residents, it was determined the non-historic hangers (3, 4, and 5) are best suited for community and economic development activities. This property is located in a community where greater than 75% of residents are black. This community is in desperate need of a catalytic project and will benefit greatly from the creation of a center for innovation, entrepreneurial activities, and new business development, specifically for black and brown entrepreneurs. This “center” will offer an on-site incubator/co-working space, business development resources, and shared services. Located in this space will be a kitchen incubator, community/business meeting space, and maker space to facilitate the development of product-focused small manufacturing enterprises.

The overall goal of this incubation and entrepreneurial hub is to facilitate and encourage the sustained growth of small black and brown companies. As these companies grow, black and brown business owners will soon close the gap between black-owned employer firms and white-owned employer firms, positioning their companies to provide much-needed jobs for West Dayton residents. This project will also assist in the creation of an urban food hall/marketplace providing food and retail opportunities for the local neighborhoods.

The proposed revitalization activities and new capital investment will positively impact a community in desperate need of a transformative project. Since this remediated brownfield is located on a major thoroughfare, the redevelopment of this strategic site is also critical for improving the overall community image, which began with an $11.5M investment made by Dayton Metro Library. Approximately 28,000 residents live within a 10-minute walk of this proposed redevelopment site. Entrepreneurial, retail, tourism, and cultural activities at this site will create a "hub" for economic and community programming will be an indirect, but impactful benefit of this project.
Yes, we have received Congressionally earmarked funding in the past:

Kitchen At The Arcade Business, City of Dayton OH - kitchen incubator and support services (2022) - $1,300,000
Downtown Dayton, City of Dayton, OH Urban Innovation Center - business development project (2022) - $3,000,000
51 to 100
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51 to 100
Direct new jobs created: Assumes 10 new businesses annually, each averaging 5 new employees, for 50 new jobs annually, and 100 over the two-year planning period.

Existing jobs retained: Assumes 0 existing businesses, each averaging 0 jobs, for 0 retained jobs annually, and 0 over the three-year planning period.

Sustained permanent jobs: Adding the 100 new to the 00 retained (which will probably include prior years' new jobs), plus attrition, between 51-100 such jobs is reasonable.
$25,001-$50,000
No
No
Montgomery
Additional Details
No
Veronica Morris
(937) 333-3912
veronica.morris@daytonohio.gov
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