ECHO Food Shelf Demolishes Buildings For New Parking Lot
The old Doc Jones building is no match for the power of heavy machinery. ECHO Food Shelf recently purchased the land that the building and a neighboring house occupy. For a while they considered renting out the building and house to other non-profits, but none were interested. The decision was then made to tear them down instead. They hope to turn the land into a parking lot, which is needed in the area. Front Street was closed down for a while this morning, to protect motorists and pedestrians from falling debris.
Sara Diel, assistant manager of ECHO Food Shelf, said: "Hopefully that will relieve some of the pressures on our neighbors, because parking has been an issue."
They also want to make sure that access to their loading dock is not an issue in the future.
"When the buildings went up for sale, we were afraid that a new buyer would block our access to the back door." Diel mentioned.
Local companies donated their time and equipment to tear down the buildings. Even Pilgrim Demolition Landfill is not charging ECHO to dump tons of debris there.
Diel said: "I'm overwhelmed every day at how much support we get. Down from individuals and churches and businesses."