Muncy council OKs demolition of historic woolen mill

MUNCY – The demolition of the historic Muncy woolen mill, at 18 S. Market St., can go ahead after borough council approved permits for taking down the building during its meeting Tuesday evening at Ward L. Myers Elementary School.

“Step 1 is you grant an exception under the historic commission, and step 2 is you allow them to take it down,” borough Manager Bill Ramsey said. “You’ll need a motion for each action.”

Council passed both motions to allow Andritz Inc. to demolish the brick building.

Though the woolen mill has been sitting idle for more than two decades, it was a blustery spring storm on April 22 that knocked down a section of high, brick wall and a couple of windows that still lie in the grass near the Clemens Napa Auto Parts store next door.

Borough codes found the building in violation on April 23 for being in a “state of collapse” and for not being secured.

“Last summer we had an issue with the kids getting inside of it,” police Chief Richard Sutton said.

“Technically, we could ask for a structural engineering report, which is insane given what we can see,” Councilwoman Tillie Noviello said. “This isn’t sidestepping the historical commission in any way, but it’s a safety issue.”

“Probably when they go to take it down, we’re going to need to close that portion of South Market Street,” Sutton said.

Once the building has been taken down, a buyer is interested in the property, according to an Andritz representative.