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.