A December 2016 photo of an iconic church located near the University of Dayton, which sold at the time for $550,000. This week, the church sold again. FILE

Controversial Brown Street church has new owner

A former Methodist church on Brown Street near the University of Dayton campus has a new owner.

Redhawk Down LLC, tied to a Dublin, Ohio investor, bought the 1701 Brown St. church from Flyer Investors LLC for $850,000 Wednesday, according to Montgomery County property records.

Redhawk also bought adjoining medical offices at 1727 Brown as part of the transaction, also from Flyer Investors.

Also part of the purchase: A single-family dwelling at 128 Stonemill Road. 

Flyer Investors first bought the church in November 2016 from Methodist South Park Church for $550,000.

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State business filings tie Redhawk Down to Michael Crawford, of Dublin, Ohio.

At the time of the 2016 sale, residents in that part of Dayton were concerned that the church might be transformed into apartments or another undesired high-density use.


Ted Bucaro, government and regional relations director for the University of Dayton, on Thursday said he was unaware of the sale and referred questions to a university spokeswoman.

A spokeswoman said UD was not part of the purchase. “We are not a party to this transaction, but we continue to be interested in ensuring that any developments in the Brown Street area complement the university and the character of the neighborhood.” 

In October 2016, Bucaro told Rubicon Park Business Association members that a limited liability company at the time had a sales option for the church property, and that company had expressed interest in creating about 25 housing units that can hold 100 beds.

At the time, he had said the university has worked hard to prevent student housing, especially for undergraduates, from crossing into the neighborhoods west of Brown Street.

“Frankly, we would rather not have students on that side of the street at all,” he said in 2016.

A message seeking comment was also left with a neighborhood association representative.

Attempts are being made to reach a Redhawk Down representative.