The Senate Plaza building in East Pennsboro Township will be imploded Saturday morning, which will cause road closures around the property.
The building is located at 100 Senate Ave., and will be imploded to make room for new commercial development, according to East Pennsboro Township’s Emergency Management Division. The building will be imploded at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Parts of Poplar Church Road, Erford Road, House Avenue and Senate Avenue will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. ahead of the implosion. Access to any of the roads and a public viewing area at Chapel Hill United Church of Christ at Poplar Church and Erford roads after 7 a.m. will be difficult to impossible, according to the township.
There will be detours on Grandview Avenue and Hunter Lane while the other roads are closed.
The six-story complex with 230,647 square feet of office space was built in the 1970s, and at one time housed Pennsylvania Blue Shield and Commerce Bank. Buyouts and mergers with Highmark and Metro Bank, respectively, and subsequently First National Bank, saw jobs consolidated elsewhere, and Senate Plaza effectively abandoned.
Last fall, local real estate investors Triple Crown and J.C. Bar jointly purchased the property for slightly over $2 million. The companies began demolition work in March and said the land will be redeveloped to include a Sheetz store, a fast food restaurant, a hotel and a five-story apartment building.
Construction is expected to begin late this year and the businesses are expected to open by mid-2018.