Manor Supervisors Concerned About Old Restaurant

Crews from Ford City, Kittanning Hose Companies 1, 4,and 6, Manor Township, Ford Cliff, Bethel Township, and Kittanning Township battled this blaze at the Manor Inn in McGrann on October 3, 2017. (KP 2017 File Photo)

The Manor Inn, along with Mario’s Pizza shop, burned down October 3, 2017. While the building was totally destroyed, the basement cement block walls were left standing, presumably expecting to build another building on top of the foundation some day.

However, Manor Township supervisors discussed the property at their meeting February 6, and said there is a safety concern.

“Based on our resolution for blighted properties, it’s been over a year. And they haven’t really done anything with the property. The parking lot is there, and then there is  nothing but a drop-off,” Supervisor Tag Hecker said.

Supervisor Chair Don Palmer agreed.

“We have an ordinance for dangerous structures and properties. The foundation is still there. But in an area like that, if someone would be driving in there and not know the area, they could easily drive in off the roadway and down into the foundation and get hurt. That is something that we, as the Township, have to pay attention to, as far as safety goes.”

Police Chief Paul France informed the supervisors that the property was recently sold. France said he personally talked with the new owner, who said he intended to begin work on the property. France did not disclose the name of the new owner at the public meeting last Wednesday.

“I think at this point, we need to go talk to whoever the new owner is and ask him to barricade it or fix it,” Palmer said. “We want to do it in a manner that doesn’t get people all upset and (communicate it is a safety issue).

Old Route 66 runs in front of the former Manor Inn. After a fire, only the basement is left. Supervisors are concerned vehicles not familiar with the area could turn off the roadway and into the basement of the structure.