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Legion post to be destroyed for park

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MINERSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WOLF) -- An American Legion post that's seen better days is set to be destroyed and turned into a park.

The Governor's office announced $100,000 in funding on Thursday for the demolition and park project in Minersville across from the borough office on E. Sunbury Street.

Minersville borough says there's a match: the borough is putting in $48.000 and the county allotted $52,000 in an anti-blight grant for demolition.

He says the Legion has moved out and is now sharing space with a Navy club, and the new park will have benches and possibly an amphitheater for community events.

"There's black mold in there, ceilings are coming down, a lot of damage in there," says borough manager Bob Mahalchick, who showed pictures of the inside of the building in disrepair. "It's something that if an investor wanted to look at restoring it, it would have been astronomical."

The park will honor current and former Legion members and veterans, and Mahalchick hopes it will help in revitalizing the downtown.

This isn't the first good grant news for the borough: they recently got around $500,000 to work on traffic signal re-timing and pedestrian improvements with warning signals.

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