Con­struc­tion be­gins at tav­ern

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Eric Devlin

Finn McCool’s Tav­ern may be off the hook re­gard­ing le­gal ac­tion af­ter Ambler Bor­ough Coun­cil an­nounced dur­ing its Sept. 18 meet­ing that per­mits have been is­sued and work has be­gun to re­build the dam­aged area of the build­ing.

mart of the wall of the tav­ern’s build­ing fac­ing South Spring Gar­den Street col­lapsed May 1, clos­ing off that sec­tion of the street and the build­ing un­til re­pairs could be made and the build­ing deemed struc­turally safe.

Coun­cil ini­tially strug­gled with how best to ap­proach the sit­u­a­tion given that the tav­ern had ob­vi­ously fallen on hard times, and didn’t want to fur­ther add to the prob­lems. AW fiUVW, D VWURnJly wRUGHG lHWWHU wDV wULWten, ex­plain­ing that the own­ers needed to speak with their in­sur­ance com­pany in or­der to re­solve any is­sues they may have, or face le­gal ac­tion. then no vis­i­ble sign of progress was made, the coun­cil then agreed to let two more weeks go by be­fore be­gin­ning le­gal ac­tion af­ter a ru­mor that the own­ers had be­gun ad­dress­ing the prob­lem was stated.

Af­ter a to­tal of four months of wait­ing for ac­tion to take place with still no sign of progUHVV, FRunFLl finDlly DJUHHG DW LWV 6HSW. 4 PHHWing that le­gal ac­tion was nec­es­sary in or­der IRU wRUN WR finDlly EHJLn WR fi[ WKH wDll DnG re­open the tav­ern.

How­ever, now that signs of con­struc­tion have be­gun and per­mits have been is­sued, le­gal ac­tion may be put on re­serve.

Bor­ough Man­ager Mary Aversa said she spoke with the own­ers of Finn McCool’s, wKR WRlG KHU wRUN WR fi[ WKH EuLlGLnJ wRulG take two to three weeks to com­plete. Aversa said that in terms of the pro­posed le­gal ac­tion, as long as the tav­ern de­liv­ers all re­quired doc­u­men­ta­tion on time, the bor­ough will hold off.

The news of progress at Finn’s was met with ap­plause from coun­cil, with coun­cil Vice mres­i­dent me­ter Amento jok­ing, “Free beer for ev­ery­body.”

Gazette staff photo by BOB RAINES

Scaf­fold­ing lines the side of Finn McCool’s in Ambler where con­struc­tion to re­pair a wall that buck­led in May has be­gun af­ter months of pres­sure from bor­ough coun­cil.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.