Pa. plant being demolished

October 27, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - For nearly 50 years, George and Pat Weagley have looked out from their Stanley Avenue home at the large red brick J. Schoeneman Inc. manufacturing plant, which was shut down last month.

"I think it might be an improvement," Pat Weagley said.

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the Chambersburg school board awarded a contract to Lycoming Supply of Williamsport, Pa., to demolish the building - a fixture in the community since 1933 - on the corner of Stanley Avenue and Fourth Street. The newest portion of the building, built as an expansion in 1966, will be retained and converted into administrative offices for the Chambersburg Area School District starting in spring 1998, said George Fike, the district's business manager.

Asbestos and mechanical removal at the building will take place between Nov. 3 and Nov. 21, Fike said.

Under the contract, Lycoming Supply has 120 days to level the building. The work will begin sometime after Thanksgiving, he said.


The nearly $1.9 million conversion will bring the district's administration under one roof, Fike said. Administration offices are now spread throughout the district.

The demolition and conversion project is expected to cost about $2.1 million, Fike said.

A warehouse on the property, known as the blue building, will also remain standing. The district plans to eventually make it part of a high school expansion, Fike said. Students will still be able to park at the building.

"It will be a change," said Paul Pettry, who's lived across from the property on Stanley Avenue for 20 years.

Surrounding the new administration building will be open space set aside for future expansion, Fike said. The existing building is old and can't be used because it doesn't meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, he said.

The school district, the county's largest, bought the Schoeneman property two years ago. The men's clothing manufacturer shut down the plant last month and moved the equipment to a facility in Chicago.

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