Fairgrounds the next big development in UD-River Park area

Nearly eight years after the University of Dayton purchased 115 acres of former NCR land, new businesses have built on the land and UD has renovated, filled and renamed the NCR Headquarters as University of Dayton River Campus. The next big step for the area is rebuilding the old Montgomery County Fairgrounds.


GE opened its $53 million, 138,000-square-foot EPISCenter, the headquarters of GE Aviation’s electrical power business on River Park Drive across from the Marriott. The building was specifically built for designing and testing power generators, distribution boxes, power converters and energy management systems that create and move electrical power around an airplane.


The University of Dayton, in partnership with Concord Hospitality, purchased the Dayton Marriott. UD and Concord Hospitality jointly own the property, which was purchased for $18.5 million, according to a release. It remains a full-service Marriott hotel.


Emerson Climate Technologies opened its $35 million Helix Innovation Center on UD’s campus on West Stewart Street across from the Fairgrounds. Inside the Helix, are life-size models of a two-story home, a 2,500-square-foot grocery store and a 1,500-square-foot working restaurant kitchen and technologies allowing researchers to simulate conditions on a summer’s day in Florida — or a winter’s day in North Dakota.


The University of Dayton and Premier Health finalized the purchase of the 38-acre Montgomery County Fairgrounds site.

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Plans released showing anticipated layout and design of housing, retail and urban agriculture for the Fairgrounds site.

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