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Demolition of property means city won’t need to step in

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS An excavator can be seen finishing up the demolition at 603 E. Main St. The building’s owners demolished the structure Thursday afternoon.

LOCK HAVEN — The city will not have to step in and demolish a home along East Main Street.

Owners of 603 E. Main St — Shawn Hale and Cory Bubb — had the dilapidated structure torn down Thursday evening after first receiving a demolition notice from the city code office in November 2019.

“It was done in half a day,” Code Enforcement Officer Cyndi Walker said.

The structures neighboring building which houses 605 and 607 E. Main St., is still structurally sound although missing an outer wall.

“It is structurally sound from what we can tell,” Walker said. “The parting walls where you can see into 605/607 was not even attached to anything at 605/607. It just came down.”

Walker said the owners plan to wall in the structure as well as place house wrap around it to weather proof it.

Hale and Bubb plan to refurbish the property in the future, she said.

“What their goal is right now is to eventually do some rehab work at 605/607. Once they get that gutted and redone (they can) get some income running from it,” she continued.

Debris from the demolition of 603 has already been cleaned up and hauled away. Walker said the owners tentatively plan to rebuild there.

“As this stage in the game there’s nothing set in stone,” she said.

Walker also expressed her thanks for the owners working with the city and demolishing the property without the city’s assistance.

“The city is very appreciative of their cooperation and the fact that they did act on their own behalf,” she said. “The city was able to not be involved in the demolition or clean up, which is a savings to the taxpayers.”

During Monday night’s council meeting, Walker requested council approve a potential $15,000 contract with Masters Excavating in the event demolition wasn’t started yesterday.

With the structure no longer posing a threat to public safety, the city will not move forward with a contract with the company, Walker said.

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