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Landmark Hampton motel demolished; CVS pharmacy to take its place

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Deborah Deasy | Hampton Journal - The demoliton of Buskey's Motel was done to make room for a new CVS.
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Deborah Deasy | Hampton Journal - Jeff Stalczynski, of Stalczynski Contracting, handled the demolition work of Buskey's Motel.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
 

The end came quickly for legendary Buskey's Motel, the Hampton landmark recently demolished to make room for a new CVS store on Route 8.

“It was down in two hours, to the foundation,” said Jeff Stalczynski, 43, of Millvale, owner of Stalczynski Contracting, the firm booked to level the roadside inn.

Stalczynski caved in the mostly wooden motel about 1 p.m. April 28 with the giant claw on a Kobelco excavator.

Buskey's, a 22-room motel, was built about 60 years ago to serve motorists using the nearby Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Prior to its demolition, Stalczynski removed about 100 small trees from a nearby hillside, and recycled 33 TVs from the motel's rooms.

“All the concrete gets recycled,” said Stalczynski, a 1989 graduate of Pine-Richland High School.

One day after Buskey's crumbled, Lilly Zorich of Hampton showed up too late to cart away the motel's former sign along Route 8.

“People wanted it. They came and took it,” Stalczynski said.

“So many people have stopped by,” he said. “Some people had stayed here. Some people had worked here.”

After the motel closed weeks ago, Zorich said she salvaged a box of Buskey's postcards from the building.

“It's breaking my heart,” Zorich said about the motel's passing.

In coming weeks, Stalczynski will move an estimated 46,000 cubic yards of dirt and shale on the site before he builds a new foundation and retaining wall for the new CVS store.

Eric Snedeker, project superintendent of Tri-C Construction of Akron, Ohio, expects to turn over the new building for CVS use in early September.

BT Management of Altoona, Cambria County, will build and then lease the new 13,225 square-foot structure to CVS.

Snedeker, 66, of Marshall, Ill., arrived April 7 to launch the project by procuring demolition permits from Hampton Township Land Use Administrator Martin Orban, and by scheduling contractors to disconnect the motel's phone, cable TV, water, sewer and electrical lines.

Heavy rains accompanied the fall of Buskey's, and Stalczynski expected removal of the motel's rubble to take one week.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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