City approves contract to clean up crumbling Hewitt Soap Co.

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Hewitt soap factory flight

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UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.:  The Dayton City Commission approved the demolition contract, as expected, and will send the property owner the bill.

Green City Demolition of Cincinnati hopes to begin demolition work by the end of June.

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Dayton city commissioners today, May 31 will be asked to approve a contract for clean-up of an eyesore demolished months ago.

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Shauna Hill, division manager for housing inspection, city of Dayton, said bids were taken and Green City Demolition in Cincinnati was selected as the contractor to do the work.

Commissioners will be asked to approve the contract tonight. The work will cost about $600,000, Hill said.

Fire damaged the former Hewitt Soap Co. facility around Christmas 2016. The damage has been crumbling since then.

"We wanted to try to give the owner an opportunity to take care of it and given that he hasn't taken care of it, the city then has to step in and do the work,” Hill said. “This actually has been expedited because we understand it's important to the community.”

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Parts of the former Hewitt Soap Factory at Hamilton and Linden Avenues went up in flames overnight Thursday in east Dayton.

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Hill said the bill will be sent to the property owner, and if it goes unpaid, would be assessed to property taxes.

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Billy Bender, property manager for the Davis-Linden Building across the street, said he’s happy to hear clean-up efforts will begin soon. He said large pieces of debris continue to fall down and become hazards.

"We can't wait for it to be taken care of," Bender said. "Summer's out now so kids are really starting to come around on bikes. It's a major safety issue."

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