(WBRE/WYOU-TV) An old bar — that’s in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Scranton — will soon have a date with the wrecking ball. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has more on what is being planned
It’s the last call for the Bryn Mawr Cafe. After closing roughly a decade ago the old bar in the 1300-hundred block of Bryn Mawr Street in West Scranton will soon be demolished.
“I drive by here all the time and we did have a fire in the back, in one of the garages before and that was my fear that someone would set this structure on fire,” said Mayor Bill Courtright.
Neighbors call the property an eyesore. It’s been a constant source of complaints over the years.
“Kids walk in, go in, check it out, you don’t know, you can get hurt. Cats. All kinds of cats down there and animals” said Joyce Marinelli, neighbor.
From broken windows — to trash dumped in the back of the building — the site will soon be cleaned up. With the help of the Lackawanna County Land Bank — this area will soon be turned into two new homes.
“It’s breathing some vitality back into Bryn Mawr Street and it’s just giving the neighbors something to say — hey — our neighborhood is complete now” said Lackawanna County Commissioner Pat O’Malley.
This project is somewhat unique. That’s because the city is going to actually tear down the building and the county is going to pick up the fees associated with it” neighbors are glad to hear that progress is coming.
“This is more of a family, a community on this street. This block is awesome. The neighbors are great. We all look out for each other. We help each other out” said Marinelli.