Study completed, results still awaited on Coaldale Complex
Engineers inspected the former Coaldale High school, now known as the Coaldale Complex, on July 27. But it will be at least another two weeks, possibly a month, before the public knows what the study revealed.
Council on Tuesday said the report, compiled by borough engineers Alfred Benesch & Associates, would likely be discussed at its September 14 public meeting.
The inspection was done because some council members and Mayor Richard Corkery have said the hulking building is dangerously deteriorated. On July 13, council voted, with councilman Tom Keerans opposing, to pay Benesch $3,800 to thoroughly inspect the building for structural defects.
The Coaldale Complex stands at Sixth and Phillips streets. It was built in 1922 as the borough high school. The borough acquired it in 1974, 10 years after the Panther Valley School District was formed, uniting high schools in Coaldale, Summit Hill, Nesquehoning and Lansford.
Corkery and Councilman David Yelito, who lives across the street from the complex, have been warning the building, especially the second and third floors, is falling apart, and that an exterior wall is bulging.
It currently houses the Carbon County Head Start program on the first floor. Head Start is renovating the first floor of the building to accommodate a new program. As part of that renovation, engineer Rick Harmon of Barry Isett & Associates examined the complex to determine whether it met building codes. Harmon, at Corkery and Yelito's request, wrote to council with a list of possible need areas.