Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Governor Wolf visits blighted properties in Columbia, promotes "Restore Pennsylvania" program

PA Governor Tom Wolf visits Columbia Wednesday morning.

PA Governor Tom Wolf visited Columbia for about an hour and a half Wednesday morning to survey blighted buildings and promote his "Restore Pennsylvania" infrastructure program. Wolf said he believes there is bipartisan support for the program, which proposes a severance tax to help fund capital projects. The plan includes investing $4.5 billion over the next four years to fund a range of projects, including rehabilitating blighted structures through increased investment in land banks.

“We Pennsylvanians pay a severance tax,” Wolf said. “We pay it to Texas because they pay a severance tax and they fold that into the cost of their product.” Wolf noted that Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state in the nation without a severance tax.

The first stop on this morning's walking tour was Hotel Locust, which has sat idle for almost a decade. Afterward, a group of several dozen people, including borough council members, school board directors, and other interested citizens, walked to the Columbia Historic Market House, which could be renovated in the near future.

Wolf's final stop of the morning was at 304 Cherry Street, where a blighted house is being rehabilitated by the CAPital Workforce, a construction initiative affiliated with the Lancaster Housing Opportunities Partnership, the Lancaster City and County Redevelopment Authorities, and the Borough of Columbia.

Information on the "Restore Pennsylvania" program can be downloaded HERE.

Governor Wolf greets the crowd.

A plan for the redevelopment of the hotel is shown above.

After Wolf toured the hotel, the throng eventually made its way to the Columbia Market House.

Wolf and others emerge after a quick tour of the Market Houses's dungeon.

The next stop was 304 Cherry Street, about a block away.

Inside 304 Cherry Street

Housing Programs Manager Michaela Allwine of the Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authority explains details of the rehabilitation to Governor Wolf.

Members of the press interview Wolf as he exits the house.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Governor Wolf to visit Columbia Wednesday morning

PA Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf will make a stop in Columbia Wednesday to visit two areas in the borough undergoing revitalization efforts, as part of a push he is making across the state.

The sitting governor will begin a short tour at 10 a.m. at Hotel Columbia/Locust, 309-315 Locust Street, in Columbia. It will be followed by a tour of a home on the 300 block of Cherry Street that is undergoing redevelopment with funds from the Lancaster Land Bank Authority.


Drivers narrowly avoid head-on collision, bollard gets knocked over

Two drivers barely avoided a head-on collision this morning at 5th & Chestnut, but a bollard at the clock plaza didn't fare too well.

An SUV was facing west at the intersection as the driver was waiting to pull out from the stop sign, when another driver, traveling east on Route 462 attempted to enter a one-way stretch of road on the 500 block of Chestnut.  The SUV driver turned slightly as she saw the approaching car that subsequently sideswiped the bollard, knocking it loose. (The same bollard was damaged in a traffic incident at the plaza several months ago.)

Neither driver was injured, but the vehicle that hit the bollard, a Lexus LS 430, had severe front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Video: Truck driver uses opposing lane to pass waiting cars on Linden Street

A resident has posted a recent video on Facebook of a Turkey Hill truck driver using the opposing traffic lane to pass waiting cars on Linden Street. The stretch of road includes intersections with 4th Street and Third Street.

The video is HERE.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Columbia Borough Deeds Recorded March 18, 2019

Columbia Borough

Christina E. Walk conveyed 1144 Locust St. to Carsten Management LLC for $90,320.

Elwood N. Earhart Revocable Living Trust and Elwood N. Earhart conveyed property on a public road to Valley View Capital LLC for $140,000.

Randy Lee Leonard, Paula A. Cabrera and Paula A. Leonard conveyed 1221 Central Ave. to CNA Construction LLC for $120,000.

John D. Reitzel, John K. Reitzel and Mary Lou Reitzel conveyed property on Maple Street to Mary Lou Reitzel for $1.

Peter Geltz conveyed 806 Plane St. to Tyler A. Stark for $68,500.

Dane A. Kraft conveyed 658 Plane St. to Revolutionary Performance Marketing LLC for $34,220.

Bradley E. Emig and Laura L. Emig conveyed 210 S. Fifth St. to Loyalty 1St Real Estate LLC for $25,000.

Nagwan N. Ayoub and Medhat S. Eskandar conveyed 316 N. Third St. to Hilary K. Gears for $127,000.

Job Fair at the Columbia Library, March 19 & 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

About Town 3/17/19

This week's photos from around Columbia
(Tap/click on photos for larger, clearer images.)

 Plate removal

 Let's hope someone killed the power.

 Commemorative brick?

 More found art

 New or vintage?

 Fallen angel

 Bar, and its partner . . .



Navy flag, right next to the apostrophe abuse

 Here's a closer look.

 Illuminated vase

 Go in the back way, ladies. It's not proper for a respectable lady to be seen entering a hotel through the front door.

 Wall marker

 Up, up, and away!

 Tracks looking for a vanishing point

 Power poodles
(Can you find the cat?

 A horse is a horse, of course, of course - unless it's a statue.

Proud and mighty star at Laurel Hill

 Showing signs of age. Rumor has it, repairs will be done this summer.

 Auf wiedersehen, for now

 The former Poplar Street School - located on . . . which street?

 Hopefully it's empty.

 Mating forklifts?

 Ready for summer - or winter?

 And if someone needs to access this box quickly?

 Soon to be the home of K.T. Graham

 Along the side: a temporary shelter?

 In Columbia parlance: a "burn barrel"

 Signs of decay

 There are many of these markers around town. Most of them contain +s. This one has a -.

 Break out the muzzle!

 Sign of spring

 Dirt-filled pot on a chair - 
What about it?


 As in - never?

 Lucky folks

 Fire at the bottom of Manor Street, also known as the sun

Places downtown


 One guy in the hole with three "advisors" watching

 The opposite of the universal gesture

 A bit out of town, but this is what happens when reality doesn't agree with expectations.

 Out for a walk

 Sidewalk work

 Memorial graffiti where he was lost May 7, 2010

 Hurt fence post

 Notice of eviction

 409 Walnut

 Meanwhile at 433 Walnut - four mailboxes and a Knox Box

 Sticker shock!

 Soon to be for sale on Chestnut

 Billowing across the bridge

 Heavenly horse?

 Yellow submarine?

 The fence along Linden that was damaged by high winds a few weeks ago - now secured with washline rope. What could go wrong?

 More signs of life at CMX (formerly Colonial Metals)

 Movin' out?

Pilin' up?

 More contributions to Mattress City, USA, aka Columbia

 This one's been in Avenue I for close to two months.

 More of the same

 Here's a couple of sofas.

 Here's one on Locust.

 This is right across the street on Locust.

 Down at the Living Stones operation . . . 

 Sacks of stones

 Sacks and sacks of stones

Canada geese and tundra swans traveling together

 More traffic troubles on the 300 block of Cherry
[Submitted photo]

[Submitted photo]