City of Dayton officials today informed the owner of the downtown Arcade that extensive code violations inside the building pose unsafe conditions which prohibit the historic complex from being open for public tours during the upcoming Urban Nights event.
Michael Cromartie, Dayton’s chief building official, denied a permit request to have the Arcade open to the public for the May 10 Urban Nights event. Following an inspection of the facility on Thursday, April 18, city building inspectors found widespread code violations that would “compromise the health and safety for the general public entering the Arcade building complex.”
Among the unacceptable safety hazards in the Arcade were:
- Extensive black mold on floors and walls posing air quality concerns.
- Broken and failing windows from the glass rotunda overhead.
- Standing pools of water caused by rain falling through broken windows.
- No functioning sprinkler or smoke detection systems in place.
- No electrical power or water service.
- Fallen ceiling debris.
Cromartie cited the Ohio Building Code in denying the permit request.