CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Kenny Gardens, a long-abandoned military housing complex at Letterkenny Army Depot, has been reduced to 650 tons of debris that is being hauled away this week to make room for the future home of the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.
A Caterpillar excavator chewed into one pile of rubble Wednesday morning, dropping a mouthful into a waiting dump truck. Other trucks waited their turns before heading off to one of three landfills.
Once home to military personnel stationed at the depot, Kenny Gardens has sat empty on land donated more than a decade ago to the Chambersburg Area School District. Last year, the Chambersburg School Board agreed to give 11.2 acres of that land to the shelter, which plans to move from its existing facility on Country Road by September 2010.
The demolition and debris removal was free, donated by the landfill operators, six contractors and supported by Greene, Guilford and Hamilton townships, said Ken Plummer, honorary chairman of the Campaign for Rapid Relocation.