The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

February 6, 2014

Century-old building to be razed in Dewart

TURBOTVILLE — A historic building that has sat empty for two decades will be razed in the next several weeks, according to the building’s owner.

Ken Clark, of Clark’s Ag Center in Turbotville, said the former Dewart Milk Products Co. building, on a northeast corner of Main Street near the railroad tracks, could be coming down in as soon as two weeks. He owns the 100-year-old building.

“It’s been slowly deteriorating,” Clark said. “We use the alley where it sits and so do our customers, and it’s a blind spot for people pulling in and out of there. It’s very difficult to see.”

Clark said there is not a schedule for the demolition, and he still is working to secure necessary permits.

The building used to be home to the Dewart Milk Products Co., which shipped milk products out of Turbotville on the rail line, said Michael Sechler, president of the Turbotville Borough Heritage Society. However, the operation began to decline after the invention of the automobile and the refrigerated tanker truck.

The building then was operated as a retail butcher shop by two local companies before finally closing its doors for good about 20 years ago, Sechler said.

Since then, the building has fallen by the wayside.

“People really haven’t paid too much attention to it for the longest time,” he said.

The exact age of the building is unknown, Sechler said. And while the building will not be part of the town’s landscape for much longer, the heritage society is going to commemorate the building on its newest commemorative afghan, which the group sells to raise funds.

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