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Frick Tower coming down

May 27, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- The dismantling of the old Frick Co. water tower began Tuesday morning.

Sparks glowed from high above Waynesboro as the first pieces to be removed came off the tower's peak. The demolition process is expected to take a couple of weeks.

"It's not a functioning tower. It has not been functioning for some time," company spokesman Darryll Fortune said. "It was costing too much to maintain."

Most of the steel structure will be recycled, although some pieces will be considered for saving in archives, according to Fortune.

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The water tower for the former Frick Co., now Johnson Controls, is believed to have been erected in 1922 or 1923.

The demolition drew onlookers at several points during the day. The tower, which has its base not far from Pa. 16, often proved to be the first thing motorists saw on their way into town, coming up what is often referred to as "Frick hill."

"It's a landmark. It's not a historic landmark, but a landmark that a lot of people saw coming in from the west," said Mayor Richard Starliper, who understands the company's decision to no longer maintain the structure.

"When we have strangers come to town, I always say, 'Look for the Frick water tower on your left,'" said Allen Porter, a member of the Waynesboro Planning Commission and former councilman.

Once the tower is down, efforts will start to repair the area that once served as its foundation, Fortune said.

"There are three things I remember when I took my first tour of Waynesboro. ... The Frick water tower kind of stood out in my mind," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. The other two things are Memorial Park and Center Square with the Candy Kitchen spire, he said.

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