In the fall of 2019, Isett was engaged to begin work on a property located at 102-198 East Washington Street in Nanticoke, purchased through tax sale by the city. An entire city block in length, the property opened as a silk mill in 1919, taking in different tenants through the years: sportswear manufacturing; then a bowling alley and a roller-skating rink until closing its doors for the final time in 2007 after a fire damaged the building beyond repair. The property continued to deteriorate, creating safety concerns and an eye sore for the City of Nanticoke.
With hopes for beneficial reuse, the teams from Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. performed multiple site visits to evaluate the current state of the structure and the future would hold for the site. Before anyone entered the building, the Survey team conducted a drone fly through of the lower levels. The building was in such despair that the safety of the team was in question without the assurance that the structure was stable. The Environmental Consulting team took the lead in assessing the surrounding grounds, completing a due diligence report for the property, identifying several environmental issues due to its former industrial use. Isett’s Forensic engineers evaluated the stability of the remaining building structure. The team from Survey continued to map the site.
With the findings from Isett and discussions with the Nanticoke officials, it was confirmed that the building needed to be demolished and the site completely cleared. With assistance from Isett, the City of Nanticoke was able to secure $1 million in state grant funding to assist with the assessment and demolition. Isett’s Project Management and Construction Services team engaged contractors to begin demolition. The Survey team captured the progress by performing weekly drone flyovers. Environmental restoration will continue to ensure the site can be repurposed safely for future development.