July 15, 2008

Demolition Contractor to Begin Work in Towanda

By James Loewenstein, The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa.

Jul. 15--TOWANDA -- Lycoming Supply Inc. hopes to begin work at the end of this week on the demolition of the three buildings in downtown Towanda that were damaged in a March 2006 fire, including the former Bern Furniture store, a company employee said.

Last week, Lycoming Supply, the Williamsport-based company hired by the borough to do the demolition, erected a chain link fence in front of the buildings to secure the site, said Fred Hoy, a company representative.

Lycoming Supply will now bring in heavy equipment to do the demolition, he said. The company hopes to begin work at the site later this week, he said.

However, the company has no plans to be on site today or Wednesday, he added.

Under Lycoming Supply's contract with the borough, the company was given 150 days to substantially complete the project, which means that Lycoming has until September to get the buildings demolished, borough Manager Tom Fairchild has said.

A licensed subcontractor has already removed all of the hazardous materials from the buildings that are to be demolished, including asbestos, Fairchild said.

One of the buildings that will be demolished is the former Bern Furniture store at 416 Main St., along with its attached two-story annex. The other buildings that will be razed are two vacant, three-story buildings at 418-422 Main St.

It is expected that two-way traffic will continue on Main Street during the demolition, Fairchild has said.

However, parking spaces on the west side of Main Street next to the buildings will be off-limits, he said.

No major impact on Main Street traffic is expected from the demolition, he said.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: [email protected]


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