Wilbur and Orville Wright opened the first airplane factory in the country in 1911 inside part of this building along Abbey Avenue in Dayton. The two buildings were duplicated and expanded for auto parts construction that ended with Delphi in 2008. Redevelopment of the historic buildings and surrounding 54 acres have progressed little since the site was cleared of other Delphi buildings in 2014. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Dayton may buy world’s oldest airplane factory in West Dayton

The city of Dayton is considering buying 54 acres of the former Delphi property on Home Avenue, which is home to the world’s oldest airplane manufacturing facility.

Dayton commissioners on Wednesday will decide whether to approve a $1 million option agreement for property at 2701 Home Ave., which was once used by GM and Delphi.

The purchase will help preserve and restore the historic Wright brothers factory hangars that are located on the site, and it also will support the redevelopment of other parts of the property for the new West Dayton Metro Library and other uses, the city said.

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A local nonprofit group worked for years to buy the historic hangar buildings to transfer to the National Park Service, but it could not reach an agreement with the owner, Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC.

The National Park Service has received federal authorization to buy the historic hangars and appropriated $450,000 for the transaction.

The city’s proposed deal with Home Avenue Redevelopment includes a promissory note that guarantees the company would get the first $250,000 of the sale of the hangars to the National Park Service.

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The city and Home Avenue Redevelopment would split all proceeds above $250,000, the proposal states.

The Dayton Metro Library wants to build its $10 million West Dayton branch on the property by U.S. 35 and Abbey Avenue.

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