SHAMOKIN — Shamokin Administrator Robert Slaby reported Lycoming Supply Inc., of Williamsport, which was awarded a $393,717 contract in August by the city to raze the block-long former Shroyer Dress Factory, has almost completed the proper paperwork to proceed with the massive project.

Slaby said he expects the paperwork to be completed “any day” and filed with Mid Penn Engineering Corp.

He said the project was delayed because Lycoming Supply was involved in “overwhelming” emergency demolition work relating to extreme flooding throughout the region.

Slaby said all Service Electric, Verizon and PPL electrical lines have been rerouted and a new utility pole has been installed at the former factory that is surrounded by sections of Shamokin, Rock, Cameron and Packer streets.

“Our goal is to have the building razed to a safe state by the first snowfall,” Slaby said. “There is a specified time in the contract to have the project completed and we expect the entire project to be done in the spring.”

Lycoming Supply, which is owned by Leo Williams, was unanimously approved by Shamokin City Council as the lowest qualified bidder for the demolition project and had been scheduled to begin work in September.

The city was previously awarded a $600,000 state grant through the efforts of state Rep. Kurt Masser to demolish the former factory that was a major employer in the community for many years before becoming a blighted property in the decades since its closure.

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