Demolition

The right answer to Premier on Good Sam demolition and excavation

The folks who are buying the incumbents way back into office today asked for a $2M favor. Easy to ask after you’ve been funding the “Culture of Corruption” for decades. What’s a few hundred thousand into political pockets in exchange for a $2M get out of having to do the demolition right card? Premier Health Read More

Only the little people get burned in Dayton Ohio

I’ve often said the worst thing that can happen to a property owner in Dayton is when your next door neighbors home is foreclosed on. Next thing you know, the copper wire, the copper plumbing, the furnace, the A/C, is all pulled out by scrappers and the cost to replace it it way more than Read More

The demolition derby in Dayton needs to end

There was nothing wrong with Schwind building, nor the old Dayton Daily News building on Ludlow. Both were solid buildings in good locations, and prime candidates for adaptive reuse. But, apparently the right local developers didn’t pay off the right people, because money that could have made their projects an easy go- was spent instead Read More

The death of a good idea

Full disclosure: my firm, The Next Wave, has worked with James Kent over the last 10 years, both with Kent Development and then with the Architectural Reuse Company. They are a South Park neighborhood-based business. The idea was noble. The company was green, compassionate, and the service was needed. There is no lack of work. Read More

Tearing down is not building up Dayton.

My office would have been torn down. So would 412 Hickory, which now houses an architect’s very cool office. Had we demolished these “nuisance structures” there would be fewer jobs in the city. I’m not looking forward to the day when they tear down the Ecki building at Wayne and Wyoming- I’d rather see it Read More