A panel in Dayton, Ohio recent approved the demolition of the original Orville and Wilbur Wright bike shop, according to the Dayton Daily News.
This iconic building was built in the 1890s and since then has housed numerous businesses.
The city attempted to sell the rundown property to developers but the building was unable to pass inspection tests due to structural damage.
The building has reportedly been empty for decades and residents have expressed fear that the building may collapse.
“We (the city) are the owner of this building — we have a duty, we have a moral, if not legal obligation, to do something about this building.” – Todd Kinskey, Dayton’s Director of Planning
This decision reverses a decision by the Dayton Landmark Commission which denied the request to demolish the historic building.
The city then decided to appeal the issue to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
According to The Associated Press, historic preservation groups have spoken out against these plans and argue that this building should be part of a redevelopment plan.