Erie News Now Investigates: Demolition of K-Mart, Big Lots Plaza in Harborcreek Underway
Demolition of two vacant storefronts, considered eyestores at a busy Erie County intersection, began on Friday, Feb. 9.
Erie News Now got an exclusive look at the demolition, and a look inside before the bricks started to come down this Friday.
"It's a fantastic day on our busiest corner. A place that has been vacant for a few years, obviously. All credit today goes to the ownership," said Dean Pepicello, Harborcreek Supervisor. "This is their decision. The township made overtures about being interested in purchases."
But that never happened. The out of state owner had other plans, and Empire Excavating of Waterford, was awarded a demolition contract.
Before the demo started, Empire owner, David Weschler took us inside the cleared out building.
An almost 150,000 square foot spot, that once housed K-Mart, and Big Lots. It took a few months for a five person crew to sort through the inside contents
"It's making sure everything is separated from your scrap to your trash to anything that can use re-used or salvaged from there," said Weschler.
Residents have been keeping watch activity. Like Patricia Page who tells me she saw the building go up, years ago, and was a frequent K-Mart shopper.
The demolition is expected to take bout a month, but there's no post-demolition plans just yet. Meanwhile, it is business as usual for all of the businesses that remain in that plaza.