Shelter thrift shop closed again in Waynesboro

June 23, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The New Hope Shelter's thrift shop was closed down a week after its reopening for failure to provide engineered drawings of renovations made after an April 19 fire.

Mike Cermak, of Accredited Services Inc., said Waynesboro's contracted building inspection agency closed the thrift shop down after the close of business on Thursday.

The thrift shop, which is in the basement of the shelter, had scheduled its grand reopening ceremony for last Saturday, after launching operations again on June 12.

"Unfortunately, if I had known about it a week earlier, we could have taken care of it by the grand opening," Cermak said.


The problem, Cermak said, is that New Hope Shelter officials apparently moved a door and put up drywall that differed from the original layout of the structure.

While repairs would have been acceptable, anything affecting a person's exit from the building requires drawings stamped by a certified engineer, Cermak said.

Cermak said the problem can be remedied easily.

"They're good folks to work with, but it was just a misunderstanding. I think it was an honest mistake that they didn't know they needed approval from both (Accredited Services and the fire marshal)," he said.

New Hope could challenge Accredited Services' decision before the local board of appeals or get engineered documents, according to Cermak.

"We need to get the thing legal, that's all," Cermak said.

Fire broke out at about 6 a.m. April 19. Local investigators immediately called the blaze "suspicious" and said it started in mattresses propped against the rear of the building.

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