Vacant building torn down to expand parking space for Girard church

Local News

A building dating back to the turn of the last century in downtown Girard is little more than a pile of rubble now.

Demolition crews have spent the last couple of days knocking down a vacant building at the corner of State and Liberty streets.

The building once held an Isaly’s restaurant and much later, a dentist’s office.

Its owners recently turned the property over to neighboring St. Rose Church, which will use the space for expanded parking.

“The church will maintain it nicely. Monsignor has informed me he’s going to do some landscaping, it’ll be very nice. All of their grounds are perfect, so I believe it’s going to look very nice,” Mayor Jim Melfi said.

While the city had no involvement in the demolition work, the mayor said he’s thankful to see a piece of blight removed from the city’s main corridor.

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