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What's Bugging You? Burned Down Building


In the shadow of a new high rise, all that stands on the corner of 2nd and Riverside in Daytona Beach are the charred remains of a burned down building.

"It's really time to be condemned," resident Arthur Scott told Fox 35.

"It' sad," resident Frank Lewis says. "It's sad to see it burned down."

But in its hey-day, that building was known as the "Best ‘Darn' Garage in Town." It was run by Smokey Yunick, a mechanic and inventor, who was known for his work on Nascar and Indy engines.

"I didn't know him personally, but you knew the name Smokey Yunick," Lewis says.

Smokey closed shop in 1987. Most of the buildings were torn down. The only one remaining was a garage. But in April, it mysteriously went up in flames.

"It was a woo! It blew!" Carol Ireland recalls.

Since then, neighbors say it's been nothing but an eyesore. But Jim McCroskey, city manager of Holly Hill, says that's about to change.

"PET Construction Company has pulled a permit to clean up the site," McCroskey explains.

They plan to start demolition on December 16. There's no set plan for what will happen to the property, but McCroskey says there's talk about turning it into a mixed residential/commercial area , and hopefully restore it to it's former glory.

"This was a real exciting place at one time," McCroskey recalls. "We're trying to be the catalyst to get it started and some of these people to redevelop."

Even though Smokey Yunick's has reached the end of its era, its memory will live on.

"We hope jointly with Daytona Beach we might be able to put a historical marker here because so many legends came through this shop and had their engines tuned," McCroskey says.

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