Demolition in Shamokin

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A former apartment building in Shamokin labeled an eyesore is being demolished.

Shamokin Mayor George Rozinskie said it was condemned about six years ago and the city took ownership of the building.  Now the property is being torn down through grant money as well as funding from Northumberland County.

"People in the community are very happy to get it down.  It's been falling piece by piece for at least six years since I'm here," said Mayor George Rozinskie of Shamokin.

Demolition started on the building in Shamokin two weeks ago.  Ryan Ellis lives next door to the site on Market Street. He said he is glad to see it is being torn down.

"I think it's about time they get rid of the building.  There are giant holes.  If this building collapsed it could take down other buildings. It's a hazard," said Ryan Ellis of Shamokin.

People who live and work along this section of Market Street said they are concerned, especially on windy days because, they said, debris is falling off the building onto the sidewalk.

"It's a concern for us here on the main street because we have clients coming in," said Lisa Lebo. She works at Manney's Chiropractic Clinic, which is just a few feet from the building that's being torn down. "It's just blowing everywhere, making a mess.  We even found nails where our people are parking."

Tom Kearns owns a restaurant down the street from the building. He said one of his employees almost got hit with a piece of Styrofoam.

"They should try to get that down as quickly as possible, if only for the safety of the people walking the sidewalks and streets," said Tom Kearns.

Newswatch 16 spoke to a representative from Madonna Enterprises, which is in charge of the demolition.  He said the area will be completely fenced off during the work, and the public will not be in danger.

Crews expect the work to be completed in about a month.