The end is near for the Gem City Ice Cream building at Wright Dunbar

Some local community members and historic preservation groups have urged the city to try to save the building’s front facade, hoping it could be a key part of a new development project on the site.

But city officials and some neighbors said the building needed to be demolished urgently because it could collapse at any time, which could cause major damage and property damage.

In this undated photo, a sign points to the site of the Wright Brothers bicycle shop outside the former Gem City Ice Cream building in Dayton, Ohio. The city of Dayton plans to demolish the historic 129-year-old building that was once the site of the Wright Brothers’ first bicycle shop because the building has deteriorated and cannot be maintained and redeveloped. The store was built in 1892 to serve as the Wright brothers’ first bicycle store. Shortly after, Gem City Ice Cream Co. bought the property and housed it until 1975 when it was sold to another company, the Dayton Daily News reported. (Ty Greenlees/Dayton Daily News via AP, file)

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In this undated photo, a sign points to the site of the Wright Brothers bicycle shop outside the former Gem City Ice Cream building in Dayton, Ohio. The city of Dayton plans to demolish the historic 129-year-old building that was once the site of the Wright Brothers’ first bicycle shop because the building has deteriorated and cannot be maintained and redeveloped. The store was built in 1892 to serve as the Wright brothers’ first bicycle store. Shortly after, Gem City Ice Cream Co. bought the property and housed it until 1975 when it was sold to another company, the Dayton Daily News reported. (Ty Greenlees/Dayton Daily News via AP, file)

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The property briefly housed the Wright Brothers’ first bicycle shop. There has been debate in recent years about how much, if any, of the original structure remains today. City officials said years ago that the building had been reviewed for inclusion in the National Register, but there was insufficient “historic integrity” to have it designated as a Wright site.

The city says it evaluated all options for redeveloping the property, including possible restoration, but demolition was the only viable choice.

The city says that once the building is demolished, the site will be prepared for future development.

The Gem City Ice Cream Co. building, the site of the Wright brothers’ first bicycle shop, at 1005 W. Third St. The city of Dayton wants to demolish the property, which officials say is a nuisance. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The Gem City Ice Cream Co. building, the site of the Wright brothers' first bicycle shop, at 1005 W. Third St. The city of Dayton wants to demolish the property, which officials say is a nuisance.  CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The Gem City Ice Cream Co. building, the site of the Wright brothers’ first bicycle shop, at 1005 W. Third St. The city of Dayton wants to demolish the property, which officials say is a nuisance. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The contract with Jergens Construction stipulates that the salvaged historic materials will be transported to a city-owned property for storage.

This should include decorative panels on the front wall that say Gem City Ice Cream Co. and a tile mosaic on the floor in the door alcove that also says the company name.

Jergens is also supposed to preserve 500 bricks from the southeast part of the building.

A map showing the Gem City Ice Cream building in Wright Dunbar. CONTRIBUTED

A map showing the Gem City Ice Cream building in Wright Dunbar.  CONTRIBUTED

A map showing the Gem City Ice Cream building in Wright Dunbar. CONTRIBUTED

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