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Fire evacuates Taco Bell in Huber Heights, causes ‘extensive damage’

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

FROM SCENE: Taco Bell fire in Huber Heights

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Fire caused extensive damage to a Taco Bell at 8201 Center Point Blvd., said Keith Knisley, battalion chief of the Huber Heights Fire Division.

“When the crews arrived on the scene they found flames coming out the back side of the building,” he said. “Fire extended into the building up into the ceiling and across the kitchen.”

The cause remains under investigation but Knisley said they will look into work that was done outside.

“We found that there had been some welding work being done on the back side of the building today,” he said.

Crews from Bethel Twp., Dayton and Miami and Clark counties assisted.

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

The fire tonight that evacuated a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights is believed to have started outside, Huber Heights fire officials say.

Crews responded around 8:40 p.m. to the eatery at 8201 Center Point 70 Blvd., which is near Park Layne but still within the Huber Heights city limits, according to dispatchers.

A worker said no customers were inside the restaurant, and that everyone made it out safely. We are working to learn what caused the fire and how much damage it caused.

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UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.

There are no flames showing, but there is still dark smoke coming from a fire that broke out tonight at a Taco Bell in Huber Heights. 

The fire appears to have started in the rear of the restaurant, where witnesses reported seeing flames coming out of the building.

FIRST REPORT

Flames and heavy smoke is coming from a fire at a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights.

The fire was reported sometime around 8:40 p.m. at the fast-food restaurant at 8201 Center Point 70 Blvd. off Ohio 4 in the city.
There are no reports of injuries, but the Taco Bell was evacuated of its employees and diners.

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Demand in West Dayton for 1,000 housing units, grocery store

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 12:16 PM


            DeSoto Bass Courts public housing has about 354 housing units in West Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
DeSoto Bass Courts public housing has about 354 housing units in West Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Greater Dayton Premier Management, the local public housing authority, is working on a plan to improve conditions and the housing stock in a poor part of West Dayton where more than 6,000 residents live.

GDPM is targeting five neighborhoods west of Interstate 75 and south of U.S. 35 that have some rundown and aging public housing facilities and many vacant and abandoned structures.

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There’s demand for up to nearly 1,000 new housing units, including a mix of subsidized, senior, market rate and for-sale units, according to a market study done for the agency.

Residents who live in the area, which is home to the DeSoto Bass Courts and Hilltop Homes, also say they want community gardens, a grocery store, a laundromat and increased police presence and visibility, according to a survey of a public housing residents and some neighbors.

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GPDM’s “transformation plan” will be submitted to the federal government, which in the past has awarded tens of millions of dollars to communities to implement their plans and help pay for new housing, amenities and other investments.

The Trump Administration’s current budget does not have funding for implementation, but even without that money, GDPM hopes to remake this part of Datyon, though likely it would take longer and require some adjustments, agency officials said.

“We have alternate plans for our housing if we are not fortunate enough to receive this Choice Neighborhood funding,” said Jennifer Heapy, CEO of GDPM. “We are still committed to a transformation for that particular part of the city — it’ll just take us longer.”

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1 officer killed, 2 deputies wounded while serving warrant in Georgia

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

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A police officer was fatally wounded and two sheriff’s deputies injured Friday after they were shot while serving a warrant in Locust Grove. Authorities said the suspected shooter was shot and killed by an officer.

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1 dead in shooting at veterans nursing home in Georgia

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:03 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

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One person is dead after a shooting Friday at a nursing home for veterans in Georgia. 

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Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home around 11:20 a.m. Deputies said that, upon arrival, they found a person dead of a gunshot wound.

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Big downtown Dayton developer to turn empty property into offices

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Water Street developer acquired East Third building

One of downtown Dayton’s most prolific developers plans to renovate a vacant building in the fast-growing Webster Station neighborhood to create new offices and spaces possibly for retail or dining options.

Woodard Development, one of the developers of the Water Street District, has acquired the former Lotz Paper Co. building at 607 E. Third St., which sits next to the renovated steam plant near the Cannery Loft apartments.

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Woodard Development wants to transform the upper floors of the five-story building into unique and “innovative” office spaces, said Jason Woodard, principal of the firm.

“It’s an area we really like,” Woodard said. “It’s right there in the path of growth and innovation.”

Webster Station has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in the region for new housing, but it’s also welcomed some new office product and commercial investment that is helping turn it into an “innovation district,” officials and developers say.

Development and city officials say they hope the new investment continues to spread to other vacant properties in the neighborhood, which had suffered from decades of job losses and disinvestment as heavy industry pulled out or shut down.

Woodard is in negotiations with the city of Dayton for another empty commercial property that is right next door to the building he just acquired.

Woodard Development has taken control of the Lotz paper building next to the former Dayton Power & Light steam plant, which has been renovated into offices and a swanky new event space.

Woodard’s plans are to renovate the vacant building into new office space. The building, which is about 35,000 square feet, will be called the Avant-Garde.

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