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Reinhard Demolition Delay DEP-Related, Council Told

Demolition of the aged Reinhard School building in Hellertown was scheduled to have begun earlier this month.

the efforts to demolish the aged Reinhard School building this year, and on Dec. 19 borough council was told about another delay.

Demolition of the 101-year-old Northampton Street school was supposed to have begun earlier this month, but the borough's engineer explained that an issue related to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) notification of asbestos abatement has temporarily halted plans to proceed with razing the structure.

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And it was originally thought that the vacant, borough-owned building--which was last used in 2006--.

Borough Manager Cathy Kichline later clarified the engineer's meeting update on Reinhard by stating that "the contractor had to submit a 10-day notice of asbestos abatement to DEP for asbestos that is known to remain, and that names the abatement contractor and name of landfill."

"The 10-day notice gives DEP the opportunity to inspect during abatement, to ensure compliance with all disposal regulations," she added.

At the meeting, Kichline said she believes the demolition will begin very soon, in spite of the delay.

In the meantime, the contractor is preparing the site for the demolition to begin, the engineer said.

He noted that in delivering equipment to the site, the contractor damaged an inlet and curbing along East Saucon Street, but added that the damage has been documented for reimbursement purposes.

No plan exists for redevelopment of the Reinhard site, but .

Dennis Scholl January 03, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I think it is a shame that the original portion of Reinhard is going to be torn down. The building has great historical significance as an educational structure in the borough. It was the twon's high school before being an elementary school. I wish it could be preserved insome fashion, for offices or apartments. At the very least, preserve the three-piece "Hellertown Public Schools" concrete sign above the entrance on Northampton Street. I attended school there in the 1950s and early 1960s. Both my sons went to Reinhard as well. Dennis Scholl, Hellertown

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