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By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@civitasmedia.com



The 47,300 pound vault was removed Monday morning from the former bank building in Plains Township that is being demolished.
The 47,300 pound vault was removed Monday morning from the former bank building in Plains Township that is being demolished.
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PLAINS TWP. — The vault from the former bank building at the corner of Main and Carey streets was loaded onto a flatbed truck Monday morning and its next stop may be an appearance on a television reality show.


The vault weighed in at 47,300 pounds and was lifted from the recently demolished building by a crew from Lane’s Crane Service, Moosic.


The concrete structure, which had housed the Sneaker King annex, was taken down over the last two weeks. Shea Demolition is the contractor that tore the building down.


The vault was taken to an undisclosed Lackawanna County location to be stored.


Tom Curra, WVIA president and CEO, said a film crew was on site to record the removal of the vault. Curra said WVIA is involved with the reality show to produce the show.


“The name of the reality show is ‘Demo Guys,’” Curra said. “I know one of the possible uses is for the vault to be sold to someone in Texas to store his gun collection.”


But for now the vault will remain in Lackawanna County until its future use is determined.


Joe Shea of the demolition company told The Times Leader the building was condemned due to structural issues in the basement. Plains Township Commissioner Ron Filippini said the township looked into rehabilitating the old bank, but decided against saving the deteriorating structure when cost estimates proved too high.


Jim and Jack Beccaris own the lot, but they don’t have any plans to develop the it and will likely sell it.


In addition to the former bank being demolished, other improvements are coming to Carey Street. A two-block section of West Carey Street is being made more pedestrian friendly with a $280,000 sidewalk upgrade.


Filippini set the project’s cost at more than a quarter of a million dollars, most coming from gaming funds. He said the township is also working to install a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Rose Avenue and West Carey Street.


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