One down.

One to go.

A vacant two-story structure at 14 W. South St. was torn down Monday by the powerful jaws of a 17-ton excavator.

The wood-framed building last was home to Nedreski Wealth Management, which closed several months ago. Owner Mike Nedreski moved his business to Erie after having his office in Corry for the past eight years.

The neighboring house to the west, a vinyl-sided, two-story structure at 26 W. South St., is expected to be razed Wednesday, said Mike Munsee of Corry’s Munsee Excavating, which has been hired to tear down both structures.

The house and property, located about 10 feet from the Journal office at 28 W. South St., also includes an unattached concrete-block garage. That, too, will be demolished.

The properties, and an asphalt parking lot between the two lots, are owned by Barbara Peterson and Debbie Peterson, both of Corry.

Future plans for the lots have not been announced.

Munsee began pulling down the former Nedreski office with his Case CX160 excavator on Monday morn ing. In a couple of hours, the building had been toppled.

“This was pretty easy,” Munsee said. “There was not a lot around it.”

Munsee began clearing the rubble and expects to have it cleaned up sometime today. Several loads already have been transported to Lake View Landfill in Summit Township.

The excavator should be back in action Wednesday, when Munsee begins tearing down the second building.

While not much information about the future of the sites is available, the two buildings have had a colorful past.

The house at 14 W. South St., now just a memory, was built in 1900 and sits on a 92-by-100-foot lot.

Around 1910, the building was home to shoemaker Elwin Crasper, according to records unearthed at the Corry Area Historical Museum by curator Jim Nelson, president of the Corry Area Historical Society.

After Crasper’s death, his wife, Cora Crasper, continued to live in the house until her death in 1969, Nelson said.

In 1975, Melvin Cobbett operated a real-estate business there. Cobbett was a former alderman in the city of Corry, Nelson said.

A couple of other businesses also were based there until Nedreski Wealth Management set up shop in the early 2000s.

A well-heeled Corry cobbler also had a longtime business at 26 W. South St.

Michael Litz operated a shoe-repair business in Corry from 1927 until his death in July 1990 at age 85, Nelson said

Litz opened his shop at the West South Street location in 1957, working out of the one-story concrete-block storefront at the site.

See the Journal's Tuesday, March 30th edition for full story.

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