By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH HEIGHTS - West Mahanoy Township supervisors approved at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening the emergency demolition of a collapsing property in Shenandoah Heights.
The building, at Ohio Avenue and Norton Way, began to collapse Monday evening, threatening the roadway and sidewalk below, as well as high voltage power lines nearby, according to township supervisors chair David Lukashunas.
"It's an emergency, health issue, especially with a bus stop right there," said Lukashunas, adding that the township will later seek reimbursement from the property owner. Lukashunas added that the building had sat in disrepair for at least a decade.
The demolition project will be handled by Kass Contracting, Shenandoah, at a cost between $10,000 and $15,000 to the township, Lukashunas said. A fence has been erected around the property as well.
A timeline regarding the demolition was not available, as the contractor is currently filing permits with the PA Department of Environmental Protection to authorize the demolition.
The roadway nearby was closed Monday evening by fire crews from Shenandoah Heights and William Penn after the initial collapse.
Both Ohio Avenue and Norton Way are open in their entirety as of Tuesday evening.