Daytona Beach, FL – A building that was once a big part of Daytona Beach is now no more.
Demolition crews began knocking down the old Lyndhurst Hotel – which has stood in downtown for over 120 years – on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard just after lunchtime today (March 19th).
Daytona Beach officials tell us the property owners of the hotel tried to save it by filing an appeal with the city’s building code board, but that appeal was denied.
The city approved a demo order on February 22nd due to its deteriorating condition, which included a buckling front porch roof. At the time, city officials feared the building was in imminent danger of collapse.
The building was initially built in 1898 and served as a luxury hotel before it was eventually converted into apartments. No one has lived there for some time, per Daytona Beach officials.
The property sits next to the planned site of insurance giant Brown & Brown’s new Beach Street headquarters, which is currently under construction.