Redevelopment in Fairborn

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Progress in the demolition of the old Elder-Beerman in Fairborn. “Right now, we’re two-thirds of the way through actual demolition,” said Mike Gebhart, community development director for the city. “Essentially, all the walls are down and they’ll start later this week and into next pulling the concrete slab out. Then, we’ll have an area that the property owner can market and hopefully you’ll see redevelopment in that spot.”

Gebhart says the city is paying for this up front and by code will bill the property owner back, and any unpaid portion will be assessed to the property as a lean. He says it’ll make it a much more attractive and marketable piece of property to have the building removed, which he says was a safety hazard.

Chris Wimsatt, the economic development director for the city, talked about some new additions to The Shoppes at Valle Greene courtesy of Oberer Properties, and how the city is building on its strong partnerships with WPAFB and Wright State. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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