Blighted property collapses in Girardville

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(WBRE/ WYOU)- It’s no secret blighted properties are an issue in Schuylkill County.
     It’s becoming a real danger for people living in Girardville.
     Two abandoned buildings have collapsed in the borough, including one early this morning.

“It sounded like an avalanche. I didn’t know if it was outfront, outback,” Deb Cuff, Girardville resident said.

In the middle of the night, this abandoned property on West Ogden Street collapsed. Cuff lives across the street and says she could see the roof leaning forward even before it crashed down.

“It’s an eyesore. It was an eyesore before it collapsed…It’s a shame because I am sure that at one time they were really nice houses,” Cuff said.

There are abandoned properties like this across the borough.

Council members were already talking about what to do with these properties, but since the building collapsed, they now have to take emergency action.

“We were finally in a position of having some extra money to do some of the blighted properties possibly but these aren’t quite the ones we chose,” Robert Krick, acting mayor and borough council president said.

Krick says the goal was to work on the buildings that posed the most danger to people lives near them.

The borough is trying to figure out how much it will cost to take the properties down. 

It cost the borough about $20,000 to demolish the building that collapsed on West Main Street two weeks ago.


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