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Troubled downtown building sold

A downtown Dayton building has been sold for $300,000.

The apartment building at 255 N. Main St. sold from Newcom Building Co. to Samaan Enterprises Inc., Montgomery County property records show, with the sale date recorded as Monday.

The seven-story apartment building was in the news earlier this year, when Dayton city government ordered residents to vacate the structure after its owners failed to fix a malfunctioning heating system, making the building unsafe to live in.

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At that time, Dayton inspectors had discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the boiler room after responding to a medic call at the building.

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City officials said at the time of the order they intended to board up the building, sometimes known as “Newcom Manor,” unless the heating system was repaired.

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A few days later, a judge granted a temporary restraining order blocking the city’s order.

The judge then said the building owner must buy infrared heaters for what was then a remaining 18 tenants still in the building. The judge also ordered that the building be available for inspection to the court.

The structure was built in 1907 and has 30 units, records say.

Ohio business registration records gives a Franklin address for Samaan Enterprises, linked to Charlie Samaan, the owner of the J.D. Legends Entertainment Complex in Franklin.

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