Timothy Gaffney, NAHA spokesman, said the organization was “honored to have people of such stature” back the preservation initiative.
“They did this voluntarily,” he said. “They weren’t paid. The messages were not scripted.”
NAHA has raised about half of the money needed. The state has contributed more than $1 million, and the city of Dayton has pledged $500,000. The group has targeted purchase of the property by the end of the year.
In June, the Dayton Metro Library announced a $10 million plan to build a 24,000-square-foot library branch on seven acres of the property. The new library would replace two others.
Among other plans, the alliance would sell seven acres to the Dayton Metro Library and sell Buildings 1 and 2 to the National Park Service. The goal is also to bring commercial and industrial investment to the old manufacturing brownfield.