Town Tavern will be demolished

LOCK HAVEN –The City of Lock Haven is searching for a contractor to demolish the former Town Tavern and a neighboring building along Bellefonte Avenue in downtown.

The city purchased the long-vacant and condemned tavern at 47-51 Bellefonte Ave. for $10,000 from David Mayes in September with the intent to raze the structure.

According to the city, the former tavern has a huge hole in its roof, damage to its interior and part of a rear wall collapsed, causing damage to a neighboring property.

However, the 130-year-old, two-story building, like many in downtown Lock Haven, has historical value to some but has become a public safety concern, similar to the former Wolf’s Furniture Store at 37-41 Bellefonte Ave., which the city razed earlier this year.

That former store was gutted by fire in December 2016 and previous owners, Mayes and Brian Osenbach, did nothing to improve the burnt out shell, city officials said.

The city recently purchased the now-vacant lot on which the store sat for a total of $683.72 during a judicial sale on Sept. 20.

Also listed in the contract for demolition of the old Town Tavern is the Kennedy property next door at 53 Bellefonte Ave.

That building near the five-way intersection of Bellefonte Avenue and Church and Commerce streets was also purchased at judicial sale by the city for a total of $761.10.

Demolition of the two-story building at 53 Bellefonte Ave. – which includes a single story addition and a partial basement – will leave the city with roughly half an acre of developable land along heavily traveled Bellefonte Avenue.

Contractors have until 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, to submit bids for demolition.

Council intends to award the contract at its Monday, Nov. 5, meeting.

City officials said they had no cost estimate for demolition.