Strasburg schedules public hearing on Brill building demolition

The Brill's Grocery sign hangs over what was once a grocery store and is now an abandoned building in downtown Strasburg. Daily File Photo

STRASBURG – Town Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday to receive public comment on the potential demolition of the old Brill building and taxi stand.

The two structures are located at 206 E. King St. and 216 E. King St. According to Town Manager Ryan Spitzer, the town has planned to use the sites as an urban green space and park.

“At the last council work session, the general consensus was to move forward taking down the old taxi stand,” Spitzer said. “It was also informally decided we’d take down both buildings.”

Spitzer said council is deciding among several options regarding refurbishing the old buildings, preserving the facades of the old buildings, or tearing it all down.

According to figures Spitzer provided, demolishing the Brill building and rebuilding it in kind would cost $546,232. Refurbishing the Brill building would cost $600,606.

The taxi stand building shown here in Strasburg will be demolished on Monday. Daily File Photo

On the other hand, demolishing the Brill building would cost $39,381, and demolishing the taxi stand would cost $19,471.

Looking at the park itself, Spitzer said plans have been drawn up to include green spaces, a bandstand or performing area, and a flex space local businesses can use for special events.

Funding for the program will come from the Community Development Block Grant the town received from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Mayor Rich Orndorff said while he’s happy with the progress of the two sites, things are moving more slowly than he had hoped for. He said because of the age of the buildings, the town has to work in accordance with the Department of Historic Resources, which bogs down the process.

Looking forward, after the hearing on July 12, the town will need to submit residents’ comments to the Department of Historic Resources, which has to respond within 30 days, at which point the council will make a formal decision.

Spitzer said a final decision should be made in either August or September.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com