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Finalized Montgomery County Fairgrounds Deal To Preserve Historic Roundhouse

The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Jerry Kenney
The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Another milestone was reached Tuesday in the deal to redevelop the Montgomery County fairgrounds site. Premier Health, the University of Dayton and Montgomery County have finalized a purchase agreement on the $15 million sale, which includes $2 million from Montgomery County in exchange for preservation of the site’s historic roundhouse.  

The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Credit Jerry Kenney

Montgomery County commissioner Dan Foley says he’s happy the deal will help safeguard the roundhouse for future generations to enjoy.

“People have said to us that they are hopeful we could have found a way to keep that building on the property because they have fond memories of it and it’s an iconic structure so we feel good about he fact that with the purchase made, the roundhouse is going to stay on that property and it’s going to be a central part of the development," he says.

Foley says redevelopment of the fairgrounds property could also help attract more jobs to the Dayton area.

The fairgrounds purchase allows the Montgomery County Fair and the Dayton Horse Show to go on as scheduled later this summer.

Under the terms of the agreement, Premier and UD are expected to take possession of the property in the fall of 2017.

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Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding Americainitiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.