NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (March 3, 2023) – Demolition of the old Puritan car wash and laundromat is scheduled to begin Monday at the corner of Bank Lane and Mill Avenue in New Philadelphia.
City Service Director Ron McAbier says they recently finished an asbestos assessment and an EPA evaluation, clearing the way for demolition.
He says those black barrels on the property right now contain non-hazardous water and soil from the EPA’s test pits.
The city is contracting Bridges Excavating to flatten all the buildings on the property. McAbier says it will cost $13,000 dollars.
The city for the past few years had been trying to get a state grant to pay for it, but McAbier said that didn’t pan out.
McAbier says the demolition should take about a week. He anticipates the road will be closed at some point considering how close that car wash is to the street.
The former owner of the property donated it to the city. The property will remain green space for the time being.
Adult Mart also on schedule for demolition
McAbier says Take 5 Oil Change is going to move into the former Adult Mart property. The new owners plan to tear down the old store and sign within the next two months.