Going, Going, Gone: Watch as the Old Clarion Cigar and Pipe Building Is Demolished

EYT Media’s Dave Cyphert was on-scene for the demolition of 507-509 Main Street in Clarion.

Gavin Fish

Gavin Fish

Published March 27, 2024 8:00 am
Last Updated: March 28, 2024 6:22 am
Photo credit: Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.

As expected, a crew from Terra Works Inc. demolished 507-509 Main Street which once housed Clarion Cigar and Pipe, and was damaged in the Hahne Building fire on Easter morning, 2023.

According to Terra Works’ Theron Miles, the work went off without a hitch.

“Demolition-wise, it was smooth,“ Miles said.

Photo credit: Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.

When demolition plans were made public, neighbors expressed concern about potential damage to the Fox’s Pizza Den building, once Clarion’s Orpheum Theater, that may occur as the building was razed.

“We don’t know what the adjoining materials are. So, as we remove the structure, which is brick, providing it’s not firmly attached, we’ll remove it by hand,” Miles told exploreClarion.com earlier this month.

However, “It came apart clean, no issues there,” Miles said of the attachment point of the two buildings.

Photo credit: Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.

507-509 Main Street was damaged in the fire that started in the apartments above Bob’s Subs, which led to the demolition of the building.

To preserve the integrity of 507-509 Main Street, a single wall was strategically left standing.

Photo credit: Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.
Clarion Borough’s Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Scott Sharrar told exploreClarion.com last September, “It’s the only thing keeping the cigar store from being open to the elements.”

Sharrer said a financial dispute between the property’s owner, Ahmed Bilal, and his insurance company held up plans for the damaged property.

Following the Bob’s Subs fire, Clarion Cigar and Pipe relocated to the former home of POGO Appliance Center at 34 South 5th Avenue.

Photo credit: Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.

The future of both vacant lots at the corner of Main Street and N. Fifth Avenue remains unknown.

With the demolition of the building complete, Miles said his crew will be on-site to clean up debris. The project is expected to be completed by Friday.

Photo credit: Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.
Photo credit: Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.
Photo credit: Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.

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