New businesses and University of Dayton land ownership create growth in south Dayton

Fairgrounds the next big development in UD-River Park area

>>PHOTOS: Aerial views of the 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. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

2013 

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 GE Episcenter is located on River Park Drive on University of Dayton land that stretches from the UD Campus to the Great Miami River. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

2014 

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. 

The Dayton Marriott, owned by University of Dayton, is located on River Park Drive along Patterson Boulevard and the Great Miami River. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

2016 

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 Emerson Helix Innovation Center is located on Stewart St.on University of Dayton land that stretches from the UD Campus to the Great Miami River. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

2017 

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

>> PHOTOS: How Fairgrounds could transform

The 165th Montgomery County Fair is underway at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton. This is the fair's final year at this location and will be moving to Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Twp. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

2018 

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

>>RELATED: Early stages of fairgrounds redevelopment taking shape

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