Aviation alliance in talks for Wright factory

The next step in the development of the former Wright factory buildings — the world’s first purpose-built airplane factory — is happening now.

Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, the private entity that owns the factory buildings and surrounding 54 acres of property, is negotiating with the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) on the alliance’s planned purchase of the property.

The historic property is about halfway between downtown Dayton and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center off West Third Street, between Third and U.S. 35, which runs to the south of the site.

NAHA has offered $1 million for the property, Tony Sculimbrene, NAHA executive director, said Wednesday. Home Avenue Redevelopment purchased the site in December 2012 with the intent of cleaning it up and selling it, he said.

NAHA also intends to sell about seven acres to the Dayton Metro Library, Sculimbrene said. And it will seek a developer to bring advanced manufacturing to one of the site’s parcels, he said. Already, NAHA leaders have met with other developers concerning that part of the project, he said.

Besides plans involving the library and a hoped-for manufacturer, NAHA also intends to sell hangar-shaped buildings 1 and 2 to the National Park Service for inclusion in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

“This is a multi-step process,” Sculimbrene said.

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He hopes to have negotiations wrapped up by the end of 2016, and he said talks are going smoothly.

“We had a meeting of the minds on what we were going to pay for this property,” Sculimbrene said.

A message seeking comment was left with Brad White, a principal of Mason’s Hull & Associates, the private development firm which formed Home Avenue Redevelopment.

NAHA is a private not-for-profit focused on preserving and developing local sites associated with Dayton’s role in aviation history.

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