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Five properties eyed for demolition in Schuylkill

Five properties in Tamaqua and three in Mahanoy City could be demolished later this year.

Schuylkill County Commissioners approved the advertisement of the demolition projects at their work session meeting.

“They should be done by the end of the year,” Ron Zimmerman, county grant manager, said Wednesday.

Money to demolish the properties will come from a state funded grant the county was previously awarded.

All but one of the properties is owned by the municipalities. A building at 307 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is owned by the Tamaqua Historical Society, Zimmerman said. The county is permitted to grant exceptions in using the funds if it is a nonprofit, he said.

Each property is blighted. Two of the properties, 625-627 W. Market St., Mahanoy City, are fire damaged.

In addition to the aforementioned buildings, the following were advertised for demolition. In Mahanoy City, 337, 339 W. South St., and 523 E. Pine St. A property at 252 W. Cottage Ave., Tamaqua is also included.

Bids are due 4 p.m. June 28 in the controller’s office. Bid opening is slated for June 30. July 7 is the tentative award date.

A building at 307 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, owned by the Tamaqua Historical Society, is slated for demolition. AMY MARCHIANO/TIMES NEWS