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Fire-protection company expected to move into former Red Barron building

July 25, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — A fire-protection company currently located in Hagerstown is expected to move into the former Red Barron furniture and bedding store at 415 S. Conococheague St. in Williamsport, according to one of the owners of the building.

Noel’s Fire Protection LLC of 654 Frederick St. is expected to move into the Williamsport location around Sept. 1, Greg Snook said.

Noel’s Fire Protection specializes in fire-prevention systems for commercial and residential buildings, Snook said.

  Paul Crampton Contractors Inc., which is based near Funkstown, bought the Red Barron building for $1.25 million, according to a 2007 story in The Herald-Mail.

 At that time, Crampton said he would seek to lease the 25,860-square-foot building for retail, office or other uses.

 Crampton, who also is the mayor of Funkstown, made the high bid for the building at an auction organized by Randy Barron, who was one of the owners of the Red Barron store.

 As a result of the sale, Barron moved that business across the street to a flooring store he owns.

 Snook, a former Washington County commissioner, said he joined with Crampton in the ownership of the Red Barron building after Crampton purchased it.

 Snook, who owns half the building, said he and Crampton have been renovating the building, which included putting a new brick facade on the structure and upgrading the building’s parking lot.

 Snook said Noel’s Fire Protection LLC will take up about one-third of the building’s space. They are looking for a tenant for the rest of the space, he said.

  “We are currently working with some other people to get a lease signed,” said Snook, noting that he hopes to have something finalized in 30 to 60 days.

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