- Northwest EMS breaks ground on new Manheim facility
- Entertainment is on the ‘Taste of Lititz’ menu
- A perfect storm election: GOP incumbents prevail
- Warwick hires new solicitor
- July 4 ticket sales under way
- MiniTHON raises nearly $35K
- Illegal burning a hot topic at Elizabeth Twp. meeting
- With a little help from Friends… Manheim Community Pool prepares for 58th season
- Warwick continues MiniTHON tradition
- Manheim Historical Society honors Restore ‘N More
A matter of public safety Lititz’s last RR relic will soon be nothing more than a memory
STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff
, Staff Writer
The freight depot on Water Street is a decrepit reminder of a once glorious railroad era.
An 11th hour attempt to save the building failed and demolition is expected within days or weeks.
"The train station is about ready for demolition," Lori McEntarfer, Lititz zoning officer, confirmed. "We are currently waiting for photographs of the basement, so we can see if there has been any contamination from an oil tank that has been stored there. The Norfolk-Southern attorney is working with us to bring the demolition to fruition. We are coming down the home stretch now."
Dave Pidgeon, Norfolk-Southern’s public relations manager for Pennsylvania, said no date for the razing has been set, but they’re still moving forward with the plans to do so. As far as future development of the 1.8-acre site is concerned, he said the railroad company has "no plans to share right now."
Some in town were hoping to preserve the old building, the last of three railroad stations that once operated in Lititz, but many deem it to be an eyesore and a public safety hazard. That point was reiterated last week when Lititz Police charged three local boys with burglary, reckless burning, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief. The boys illegally entered the train station June 3, vandalized the interior and started several fires (more details in this week’s police log). The entrance has since been boarded and no parking signs restrict access to the property. An industrial dumpster and wrecking equipment have been on the site for several weeks.
"All I’ve heard is that it is still scheduled to be torn down, but no real timeline," said Cory Van Brookhoven, president of the Lititz Historical Foundation, who was part of a final effort to save the structure.
Borough manager Sue Barry said more information on the property’s future should be available by the end of the month.
More DEMOLITION, page A15
About Lititz Record
Paid in the shade
Council supports rebate program for problem trees Lititz may be...
‘Lititz Remembers’ fallen heroes
In his Gettysburg address, given to dedicate the Soldier’s National...
Linden Hall kicks off local graduations
Co-valedictorians hail from Lancaster County Women have made strides in...
WESC honors volunteers
The Warwick Emergency Services Commission hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet...
Kissel Hill Cemetery beautification set for June 27
What started out as a post on a Lititz history...
Charles A. Magee IV, 23, Warwick grad, worked at Roma Pizza, Lancaster Alliance Church member
Chuckie Magee, 23, of Lititz, went home to be with...
Dorothy J. Cox, Moravian Manor resident, avid volunteer, beloved grandmother
Dorothy J. Cox died Saturday evening at Moravian Manor in...
Ronald Lee Sandhaus, 69, popular Lititz police officer, HAM radio enthusiast
Ronald Lee Sandhaus, 69, 533 Spring Avenue, Lititz, passed...
- July 23, 2014