3 city eyesores heading for demolition

The Hewitt Soap Co. was destroyed in a December fire. STAFF
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The Hewitt Soap Co. was destroyed in a December fire. STAFF

The city of Dayton wants to eliminate three vacant and severely damaged industrial properties that have irked neighbors and city officials.

The city has opened bidding for the demolition of the former Hewitt Soap factory on the 300 block of Linden Ave., a property on the 700 block of Cincinnati St. and a plant at 500 block of Deeds Ave.

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The properties have been ravaged by fires and have been a regular subject of complaints among nearby residents and property owners.

The Deeds Avenue factory has sat vacant for two or more decades and has been targeted by metal scrappers, vandals and arsonsists.

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Last year, neighbors grew frustrated after a fire at the factory led crews to shut off utilities for hundreds of properties in that part of Old North Dayton.

“It’s a long-standing, vacant industrial property we’ve wanted to demolish,” said Aaron Sorrell, Dayton’s director of planning and community development.

The Hewitt Soap Co. facility, which closed in 2004, burned down in December, leaving piles of debris, which spilled into Linden Street.

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Fire officials determined the building was unstable and would need to be demolished. Concerns that part of the building would collapse onto Linden Avenue also led to the decision to raze the structure.

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