Former National hotel, long vacant property in Mt. Carmel being razed
MOUNT CARMEL - One of the borough's oldest buildings is being razed.
The former National Hotel at the corner of Oak and Second streets was recently purchased by the Tri-City Development Co. for $3,000 from owner Sabina C. Deitrick.
Vince Guarna, owner of Tri-City, is in the process of dismantling and tearing down the long vacant property. It will take about two and a half to three months, according to Guarna.
As to what he will do with the property after the site is cleaned up, Guarna said he may build townhouses.
According to a 2004 historical tour guide produced by the Northumberland County Historical Society and authored by local attorney Hugh Jones, the National Hotel was erected by Thomas Scott in the late 1860s. Descendants of the original owners reside in Mount Carmel to this day, Jones wrote.
He noted that when Thomas Edison's electricity plant was being erected in 1882, Edison's representatives stayed at the National Hotel.