LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A community in Lycoming County has been on edge after being told a longstanding apartment building would be torn down.
Demolition was scheduled to begin Monday but had to be put on hold.
Eyewitness News Reporter Morgan Parrish was in Jersey Shore with why so many people have been concerned.
“It’s almost like having a fire and just all of a sudden losing everything that’s what happened to these people,” said John Natalie, Owner, Natalie Excavation and Demolition
Monday afternoon, community members began to say their goodbyes to this crumbling apartment building on the 400 block of Main Street.
The building has been vacant since early this month after a resident had a wall cave in one room and then the apartment began to collapse.
“I guess it’s a danger to the public they don’t want anybody getting in here getting hurt,” said John Natalie, Owner, Natalie Excavation and Demolition
Although the residents quickly moved out, some pets were left behind, including nearly ten cats.
As of now, all the pets have all been accounted for.
“The cats are with the family as for the ones upstairs there are no cats up there. The doors were open so obviously, that cat came out as well,” said Bonnie Snyder, Owner, Bellabon’s Pet Recovery Service.
Once the demolition team checked to make sure there were no felines left inside. They were about to begin tearing the building down until problems arose.
“Oh man it’s going to be super difficult because there’s a house that’s actually butted right against it so the main concern is keeping that house safe at the same time pulling this one down,” added Natalie.
“You hear different things from the borough like that they were going to try to do it by hand or piece by piece and try to save our building but you can’t guarantee that,” added Dana Waddell.
Dana Waddell has lived next door for 25 years. He was also evacuated from his home due to a safety concern.
“Not knowing what’s going to go on. Most possessions can be replaced but we have things our family pictures baby pictures things like that that can’t be. I’m not going through anything that no one else has gone through but you can actually feel for people when it actually happens to you,” he told Eyewitness News.
Other neighbors are also very worried.
“It’s bad because I live in one of these buildings owned by the same person and I’m afraid that we might be next and I have a little child so I’m just a little bit concerned about that,” said Melvin Rodriguez.
The demolition team says it was hoping to have the building torn down and cleaned up in about a week– but after Monday’s delay, it will take longer.
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