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A zoning board has approved a request to demolish the Wright Brothers' first bike shop in Dayton, Ohio. City officials want to tear down the 129-year-old historic building because they believe it has deteriorated too much to be preserved.

11/27/2021 10:57:00 PM

A zoning board has approved a request to demolish the Wright Brothers' first bike shop in Dayton, Ohio. City officials want to tear down the 129-year-old historic building because they believe it has deteriorated too much to be preserved.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Dayton Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the city’s request to demolish a 129-year-old historic building that once was the site of the Wright brothers’ first bike shop. The city wants to tear down the site because the building has deteriorated to a point where it can no longer be maintained and redeveloped, the Dayton Daily News has reported.

November 27, 2021 GMTFILE - In this undated photo, a sign notes the site of the Wright brothers' bike shop outside the former Gem City Ice Cream building in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the city’s request to demolish a 129-year-old historic building that once was the site of the Wright brothers’ first bike shop. The city wants to tear down the site because the building has deteriorated to a point where it can no longer be maintained and redeveloped. (Ty Greenlees/Dayton Daily News via AP, File)

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FILE - In this undated photo, a sign notes the site of the Wright brothers' bike shop outside the former Gem City Ice Cream building in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the city’s request to demolish a 129-year-old historic building that once was the site of the Wright brothers’ first bike shop. The city wants to tear down the site because the building has deteriorated to a point where it can no longer be maintained and redeveloped. (Ty Greenlees/Dayton Daily News via AP, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Dayton Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the city’s request to demolish a 129-year-old historic building that once was the site of the Wright brothers’ first bike shop.The city wants to tear down the site because the building has deteriorated to a point where it can no longer be maintained and redeveloped, the Dayton Daily News has reported. Public safety concerns have also been raised by some who fear the building could collapse. headtopics.com

While agreeing that most of the building should be demolished, the Dayton Landmarks Commission rejected the demolition request in September. The panel instead recommended that the city re-advertise the property and encourage its renovation in a way that preserves the historic facade.

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Preservation groups had also opposed the city’s plan. They argued that keeping the building’s facade and incorporating it into a redevelopment project would make the project eligible for historic tax credits.ADVERTISEMENTThe city appealed the landmarks commission’s decision to the zoning appeals board, claiming it erred in its application of architectural design standards.

The board voted5 to 1 this week to reverse the commission’s decision and gave the city permission to raze the property.The shop was first built in 1892 to serve as the Wright brothers’ first bike shop. Soon thereafter, Gem City Ice Cream Co. bought the property and housed it until 1975 until it was sold to another company.

Years after a wide array of owners, the city attempted to sell the rundown property to developers but it failed inspection tests. The building was deemed structurally damaged and in danger of collapse.City officials had also previously attempted to receive approval to bulldoze the property but did not move forward after hearing community concerns. headtopics.com

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The Wright brothers, Wilbur and younger sibling Orville, were aviation pioneers and are generally credited with building the first airplane. They started their work on flight several years after they built the shop that will be razed.The brothers made their initial powered flight with the Wright Flyer in December 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, then came home to Dayton to work the bugs out. A memorial stands at Huffman Prairie, where they made flights in 1904-05 and really learned to control the plane.

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Good. We don't need to keep these old buildings just because of some historical shit. That's what books are for, keeping history. I'm so sick of people wanting to keep old buildings, it's stupid. Knock them down and build something new. eslafleur I've seen stuff I'm worse shape be restored here. No one travels through Dayton and thinks that city consistently makes the right decisions. The less historical preservation, the less chances there are at revitalizing the city. Regardless of the costs.

The Wrights used several locations for their shops. This was the first, in 1892. Work on their gliders and aircraft did not occur here. Another Wright shop has been part of an aviation heritage national historic park in Dayton for years. Local report: sad. but this is what happens when buildings aren't preserved well enough.

Easy. Create a co-op that will solicit donations to buy and restore the building. Sure, the building won’t have any sort of viable economic purpose. It’s just exist. But if this building is THAT important, surely these folks won’t mind putting their money where their mouth is? Oh good another place for luxury condos that rich people can use to hide their wealth while nobody lives in them

Nothing money couldn’t fix. They say President Biden is dead,Is it right? This is what we Americans do, erase our history.

It's not too far gone, they just don't want to spend the money to restore it. Two wrongs don't make a right but two Wrights made an airplane... Because Dayton, Ohio, has no shortage of things to see. Finally. Now we can rewrite history. They need room for another Starbucks