Dayton’s Wright Dunbar to get a food hall, coffee bar

A pedestrian walks along the 1100 block of E. Third St. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
A pedestrian walks along the 1100 block of E. Third St. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Wright Dunbar Inc. plans to redevelop a vacant conference center into a new food hall and coffee bar.

The city of Dayton this week will decide whether to approve a $250,000 grant to assist the organization with renovating a building at 1100 W. Third St.

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Wright Dunbar Inc. wants to create a new entrepreneurial food hall with leasable spaces for restaurant owners, according to city documents.

The “transformative project” leverages about $1.1 million in new private investment in the Wright Dunbar area, the city said.

“This project is critical to serving as a catalyst for development by adding much needed amenities for businesses to attract employees and developers for market rate housing and continuing the redevelopment momentum in the Wright Dunbar/Wolf Creek geography,” wrote Dayton economic development director Ford Weber in a memo.