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Scranton Closes Portion Of Sidewalk Along City Hall

November 27, 2018
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Scranton Closes Portion Of Sidewalk Along City Hall

SCRANTON  - The city recently closed portions of the sidewalk in front of, and along the Mulberry Street side of, City Hall at 340 N. Washington Ave., because of the unsafe condition of the large steeple tower at the corner, officials said. The walkway closure came in response to an inspection of the facade of the 130-year-old municipal building done Nov. 20 by workers with a structural engineering firm. That work is part of a condition assessment of the building being done by architectural firm Highland Associates of Clarks Summit, toward the city eventually undertaking renovations. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, the Victorian Gothic-style building has numerous problems inside and out, a victim of age, long-standing neglect and piecemeal repairs over decades, officials have said. The issue of the sidewalk closure and tower condition was noted Monday during City Council’s weekly meeting. Citing correspondence from the administration on the matter, Councilman Bill Gaughan said the City Hall condition assessment, which should be completed in a few weeks, “apparently is going to conclude that the tower may be unsafe and they are recommending that the sidewalks be closed off until such time that the tower is repaired and made safe again.” Contact the writer: jlockwood@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5185; @jlockwoodTT on Twitter 

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