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Demolition is the only plan for building damaged by fire

March 14, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Crews have demolished half of a downtown Waynesboro building severely damaged by a fire on March 4.

No plans have been made for the site of the three-story, four-unit brick apartment building on South Potomac Street, according to LeRoy Maxwell Jr., president of Wayne Building Inc., which owns the property.

"We're not in a great big hurry," he said.

The property manager, B.J. Roberts, said he developed a three-week plan with CW Builders to demolish the structure, remove the debris and fill the foundation with brick. He also told CW Builders to ensure debris doesn't fall onto the street during demolition.

"We not only have to tear it down, but we also have to fill in the basement and that stuff," Roberts said.

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He's looking to have the foundation filled and allowed to settle for two years before paving the site, which was known as Wayne Building Annex and had the addresses of 7, 9, 11 and 13 S. Potomac St.

CW Builders did not have to worry about salvaging anything from the building because Roberts had cleaned it out prior to the fire. He said there was preliminary talk about creating six luxury condominiums there with an elevator for access.

Maxwell said the three-person board of directors of Wayne Building Inc. will meet and make a determination on the future of the site.

The fire marshal's investigation concluded and the insurance company cleared the site, making it available for demolition, Waynesboro Fire Chief Ron Flegel said.

The property owner had no specific time frame in which the building had to be demolished, he said.

On Monday, the Waynesboro Planning Commission again discussed a proposed setback ordinance that could change the way the company would be able to build on the property. The planners are putting together more information about the proposal, which calls for properties in the heart of downtown to be built flush to their property line.

The matter will go before borough the council for final approval.

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