Former Huffy HQ to be sold, renovated

The property at 6551 Centerville Business Parkway that formerly housed Huffy’s headquarters.
The property at 6551 Centerville Business Parkway that formerly housed Huffy’s headquarters.

The building that formerly housed Huffy’s headquarters will undergo significant renovations under new management.

The 6551 Centerville Business Parkway property in Centerville, which formerly served as the headquarters for bike company Huffy, is set to be purchased in mid-July by Beavercreek-based Synergy & Mills Development for $1.5 million, the company’s president and CEO Jerad Barnett told the Dayton Daily News.

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The 30,000-square foot property, built in 1998, will cost about $3 million to renovate. It will be equipped with new HVAC systems, LED lighting, additional windows and a renovated roof. Synergy may install solar panels and renovate the parking lot, as well. The company will do many of the renovations as the building gets tenants, allowing Synergy to build custom to its needs.

“The bones of the building are great from a structural standpoint and layout, but it’s 20 plus-year-old building,” Barnett said. “It just needs some TLC, as the building has aged.”

The building was primarily used by Huffy for office space, but it features a truck dock and “flex” space for industrial use. Located next to Interstate 675, the building also offers plenty of visibility and space for freeway advertising.

Once finished, an unnamed user will occupy about half of the space. The other half will be available for lease, possibly as headquarters for a company that also needs space to store equipment, Barnett said.

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The former Huffy headquarters was vacated last summer when the bike company moved to Miami Twp. The company had outgrown its Centerville headquarters and moved to 8877 Gander Creek Drive, which is 50,000 square feet and gave the company 40 percent more space for designing and showcasing sample bikes.

Huffy can trace its roots in Dayton back 125 years, to when it produced its first bicycle in Dayton in 1892 while originally operating as the Davis Sewing Machine Company. The current Huffy name derives from the last name of George Huffman, of the same Huffman family that helped shape Dayton and continues to mark the city, such as with the Huffman neighborhood that bears the family’s name.

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