WILKES-BARRE, PA — Demolition of the historic Hotel Sterling, once a grand city landmark that has fallen into disrepair and become a dangerous eyesore, should begin by late June to mid-July, the city has announced.
The city on Monday received an official release of about $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that is the final piece of funding needed to cover demolition. The city will advertise for demolition bids this week, city Municipal Affairs Manager Drew McLaughlin said.
The funding is a portion of the city’s annual Community Development Block Grant allocation from HUD for removal of blighted properties.
“We are nearing the final stages of this demolition,” Mayor Tom Leighton said in a prepared statement. “This has been a top priority since the flooding of 2011. We all look forward to the day when the public safety threat has been addressed and the detour in downtown Wilkes-Barre is lifted.”