The pressrooms to the west and the large 1950s newspaper office building are also being demolished. In their place will be the Student Suites’ five-story, U-shaped, 200-apartment building wrapped around a courtyard. A 93-space parking lot will remain. Demolition should be complete by December.
On Monday morning, workers will be at the site with heavy equipment to continue the work, hauling away debris and beginning demolition of the newer portions of the former Dayton Daily News building.
“It went really well,” Scott Wells, senior project manager for contractor Steve Rauch Inc. said after the implosion. “We didn’t have nearly the debris in the street we thought we would. I was happy with how it came down.”
Wells said the only unplanned result was minor damage to a stairwell at the Grand Hotel, which should be easily fixed. The Dayton Daily News building appeared nearly untouched, with some debris from the implosion landing on the roof. A large cloud of white dust rose from the implosion and grew to perhaps 20 stories, but cleared quickly.
The last major implosion downtown occurred in November 1999 when the former Rike’s department store was brought down to make room for the Schuster Performing Arts Center.
We've got lots of great Schwind building content, including implosion information, the building's history and more right here.
You can submit your own photos.