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Hazardous structures slated to be demolished

West Carroll Twp. properties to be torn down

WEST CARROLL TOWNSHIP — Two hazardous structures will soon be demolished with the help of Community Development Block Grant funds.

The Redevelopment Authority of Cambria County said that dilapidated properties on 100 Lane Road and 124 Bradley St. in West Carroll Township will be torn down as part of the county’s efforts to combat blight.

“This is part of our comprehensive plan to bring these properties down, and it’s addition by subtraction,” Cambria County President Commissioner Tom Chernisky said. “This is really a win-win for everyone involved.”

The two buildings, which were deemed hazardous structures, are set to be demolished by July 15, said Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Renee Daly.

The project was awarded to G&R Excavating and Demolition Inc. of Tyrone for $75,900, and also includes blighted structures in Ehrenfeld Borough and Scalp Level Borough.

While the township initially applied to raze the buildings with Act 152 funds, Daly said the properties will remain as green space, making them eligible for CDBG funding instead.

The 100 Lane Road property has partial structural collapse, with only one wall still standing, Daly said.

The property on 124 Bradley St. was destroyed by fire, and the entire structure collapsed except for a chimney, she said.

“These buildings are severely blighted,” Daly said. “They not only bring down the value of the properties around them, but they present a major safety concern. To remove those safety hazards from the area was the top priority.”

Daly said demolition of the West Carroll Township buildings will require extra hazardous procedures by the contractor.

Each project is required to undergo hazardous materials testing, but testing was not able to be completed in time for the demolition.

With the test not completed, Daly said the contractors will have to take extra precautions and complete the project as if there were hazardous materials inside the buildings.

“These are two special sites we have to treat a little differently,” Daly said. “But we’re still really excited to move forward and bring these buildings down.”

Mirror Staff Writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.

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