Demolition of former Harmon's Furniture building to begin soon

April 26, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • The Rahauser building demolition in downtown Chambersburg, Thursday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Large pieces of construction equipment will be delivered to downtown Chambersburg next week to demolish the former Harmon’s Furniture building on North Main Street.

Demolition will not start for another couple weeks because crews remain focused on hauling materials away from another site, which also is part of a $1.8 million renovation to the county courthouse complex, Franklin County Administrator John Hart said.

“We’re still anticipating we’ll have the complete project done by October,” Hart said.

Crews associated with general contractor W. Harley Miller of Martinsburg, W.Va., recently demolished the old Rahauser building near the intersection of Lincoln Way East and Second Street. Now, they are removing debris, adding a wall, backfilling and pressing materials there.

Demolition of the former Harmon’s Furniture building will occur after the work at the Rahauser site, Hart said.

Walls are being framed at the so-called junior firehouse building on North Second Street. The next steps for that property include insulation, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing work.

“It’s moving along well,” Hart said.

About three or four small change orders have been submitted related to the junior firehouse, he said.

Crews also are starting to remodel the front entrance of the old courthouse.

“We’re modifying the entrance, so we can situate a security station from the sheriff’s office there,” Hart said.

Weekly updates are helping employees keep track of parking changes due to construction, according to Hart.

“The general contractor has been in weekly communication with the court administrator as far as court schedule,” he said.

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