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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Main St. building to be razed

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    - The former Quality Printing & Copying building will be demolished this week.
    The vacant, two-story structure at 531-533 Main Street was condemned last month after it was determined to be crumbling.
    The demolition will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will last through the night.
    Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Daniel J. Hnatko said the later hours were chosen in large part as a safety precaution.
    The sidewalk in front of Quality Printing will be closed between 5th and 6th streets during the demolition.
    The eastbound, left lane will be closed between 5th and 6th streets as a safety precaution during the initial part of the razing.
    The building's owner will be responsible for paying for the work.
    Hnatko asks that residents keep a safe distance during the demolition.
    "My biggest concern is public safety," said the zoning code enforcement officer.
    For the past month concrete barriers have been placed around the building, blocking off parking spaces in the front and creating a safe walkway for pedestrians.
    The 50,000-by-100,000 foot structure had been declared unsafe for human occupancy or use, making it unlawful for any person to occupy it.
    The building is owned by Kayhan Sengun, whose address is listed in Hemlock Farms gated community in Lords Valley, Pike County.
    Hnatko, in an email to borough council last month, said, "The building is in danger of possibly collapsing. It appears to be leaning about (four) more inches than (two) weeks ago."
    The zoning code enforcement officer was initially called to the site on April 9 when neighbor R3 Hardware reported a partial collapse.
    Page 2 of 2 - A building code official inspected the premises and found them to be unsafe for habitation based on the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code adopted by the borough.
    The owner was notified that he had to either repair or demolish, at his expense, the structure based on an engineer's report.
    Quality Printing is still operating, at 1008 Main Street, where it's been since 2010.
    It moved out of the building on the 500 block in 2010. After that, the only occupant had been the Wayne County division of the Pennsylvania Democrats, which used the structure for a few months during an election year.

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