Fairborn demolishing fourth Broad Street motel

Demolition of the Wright Motel is expected this week as Fairborn continues to tear down old motels and prepare ready-to-build lots where they once stood.

The Wright Motel at 18 S. Broad Street and an adjacent Main Street duplex are being torn down with the hope businesses will move to the area.

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“Ideally, we would love to have defense contractors who would like to locate there,” said Assistant City Manager Michael Gebhart. He said future Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, or BRAC, closures could bring additional missions — and employers — to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Fairborn.

“The purchase of these properties and the demolition of them allows us to have shovel-ready sites ready to go,” Gebhart said.

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Fairborn has purchased and demolished four motels since 2014, including the Command Motel at 130 N. Broad St., Falcon Motel at 36 N. Broad St., and the Sunset Inn at 15 S. Broad St.

“Ultimately, the purchase of all four of those hotels — starting with the Command in 2014 — was to re-utilize those properties,” Gebhart said.

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Demolition of the Falcon Inn and Sunset Inn began in late February and finished in June.

“They’ve been removed, graded and re-seeded,” Gebhart said of the lots. “We have grass already growing on those sites.”

The Broad Street demolitions are part of the city’s redevelopment plan. City leaders hope to revitalize the corridor as a mixed-use area with restaurants, retail and office space.

Read more coverage of Fairborn’s demolitions:

» Fairborn’s 100th anti-blight demolition slated this year

» Fairborn prepares for another round of residential demolitions

» Seven Fairborn homes will be demolished

» Fairborn to demolish six vacant homes

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