The President’s 2016 fiscal budget will include $450,000 for the National Park Service to acquire the original Wright brothers factory buildings in Dayton, Ohio.
Plans call for the buildings to be restored as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
In a public-private partnership, some of the five buildings — which are now empty and in disrepair — would be restored as part of the historical park, while others would be renovated to make room for new businesses in the area.
It’s a plan that has been in the works for years, according to local officials.
“The legislation I authored to include the Wright Co. factory in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park was signed into law almost seven years ago, and the administration’s request is long overdue,” U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, was quoted in the Dayton Daily News.
The property is now owned by Home Avenue LLC, a real estate development company formed to bring business to the site.
Learn more about the plans for the buildings in a recent story on visiting Dayton.