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Inspector says owner wants to repair damaged building

January 23, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The owners of a Main Street building that suffered partial collapse in November 2006 want to repair the structure, Waynesboro's building inspector said Monday.

An engineer hired by the building's owners visited the site over the weekend and has confidence that 29 E. Main St. can be repaired, according to Mike Cermak Sr., an inspector with Accredited Services. His business issues building permits on behalf of the Borough of Waynesboro.

Rehabilitation could spare the former coin-operated laundry from demolition, although that decision ultimately rests with borough officials.

"We'll make that determination after we see the (engineer's proposal) drawings," Cermak said.

Cermak said he has issued a notice to the building's owners, who were not permitted for excavation work in the basement. That work, combined with inclement weather, led to a wall's collapse.

The decision to proceed - and possibly levy fines - is that of Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz, according to Cermak.

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Meanwhile, the contracted engineer has 30 days to present the borough and Accredited Services with a plan to correct the damage at the former Waynesboro Laundry Service.

The early-morning collapse temporarily displaced approximately two dozen people who lived in neighboring buildings. Steps have been taken to minimize the possibility of further collapse.

The building's owner has been listed as Heberto Gutierrez and Heberto Ortiz.

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