Developers: Funding secured for Montgomery Co. Fairground project

Montgomery County Fairgrounds redevelopment proposal. (Photo/Miller Valentine Group)
Montgomery County Fairgrounds redevelopment proposal. (Photo/Miller Valentine Group)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Business Journal is reporting Fuyao is interested in taking over the redevelopment of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds from Miller-Valentine Group.

Miller-Valentine has been interested in the property and was in the process of securing public and private funding for the estimated $18.5 million cost to purchase the fairgrounds property. The company planned to turn it into a shopping, entertainment and housing center, for those plans, click here.

2 NEWS reached out to the Miller-Valentine Group about the deal and received the following statement via e-mail:

“The funds for the Fairgrounds Relocation have been secured.  In fact, $19.1 million has been secured for the Fairgrounds Relocation project through both public and private support to date. However, the Montgomery County Fair Board and Miller-Valentine Group have determined that the Northbrook Industrial Park in Brookville, initially identified as a new home for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, as currently proposed, is no longer a viable option for this relocation.” – David Dickerson, Miller-Valentine Dayton Market president.

According to the Dayton Business Journal sources who wished to speak privately said Dewang Cao — the chairman of Fuyao Group, has expressed an interest in taking over the project to build a retail, office and apartment center similar to other lifestyle centers in the region. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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