COURTDALE — After sitting vacant for more than 15 years, the former Wasserott’s Medical Supply Company building in Courtdale was sold and the new owner plans to turn it into a self-storage facility.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Newspaper Distributing Company of 110 W. St. Mary’s Road in Hanover Twp. purchased the building for $215,000 from the estate of the late Paul D. Wasserott Jr., according to a deed in Luzerne County Recorder of Deeds.
The company formerly distributed the former Sunday Independent, Pittston Dispatch and out-of-town newspapers in the area until 1998, according to owner Richard Slaff.
Slaff, who is president of Stark Holdings self-storage business in Hanover Twp. and H&R Hauling, said the Courtdale building will be used as a storage facility.
The building was vacant and for sale for years and it’s going to take some time and investment to open the storage facility, Slaff said. He found phone books in the building from 2002.
“There are old files, records, debris, broken windows and old walls,” Slaff said. “There’s a lot of work to be done before it could be habitable. But, I feel relatively confident that’s it’s going to pan out and it’s going to be a good investment. I think it’s going to be a good service to the surrounding community.”
Paul D. Wasserott Jr. of Kingston Twp., who owned Wasserott’s Medical Supply Company, died in October 2017. He was 87. He put the building up for sale in 2002.
According to Slaff, the building was formerly Guyette Communications and O’Malia Laundry.
He purchased it from Susan L. Jorda, June A. Wasserott and Lynne Ellen Pyskoty, executrices of Wasserott’s estate, according to the deed.
Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services represented both sides of the transaction, said Mericle spokesman Jim Cummings.
The 34,000-square-foot building has an 11,000-square-foot warehouse and 23,000 square feet of office retail space on two acres of land off state Route 309.
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