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Old Salvation Army site razed


February 20. 2014 11:45PM


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The Salvation Army facility on Hazle Avenue in Wilkes-Barre has been demolished. Attempts to reach a Salvation Army representative Thursday evening were unsuccessful. Wilkes-Barre city spokeswoman Liza Prokop said the demolition is not a city project, so she had no information available. The building had housed the organization’s adult rehabilitation center. The city Zoning Hearing Board in August 2011 approved the Salvation Army’s request to operate a 24-hour adult rehabilitation center at 60 New Hill St., a few hundred feet from its site on Hazle. The Salvation Army ARC program had then housed about 50 adults in need of basic necessities, therapy, counseling and spiritual direction with issues of substance misuse, legal problems, relational conflicts, homelessness and unemployment. The center also provided food and shelter for homeless men. Maj. Charles Deitrick, second in command for the Salvation Army’s Rehabilitation Counseling Centers, had said the Hazle Avenue building was 99 years old and in need of repairs. He said the new location provides increased safety and more up-to-date facilities. The property is fenced, has parking for 53 vehicles and has a camera surveillance system. The Salvation Army withdrew its plan to buy the former Valley Crest Nursing Home property from Luzerne County for $4.7 million after Plains Township refused to grant a zoning variance needed to open an adult rehabilitation center.




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