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Perkiomen Avenue reopens near partial church collapse in Reading

One of the Reading streets closed May 3 near the former St. Cecilia’s Chapel at 1340 Perkiomen Ave. has reopened.

The partial collapse of a steeple on May 3 and subsequent inspection led to the closing of a portion of Perkiomen Avenue and Spruce Street. According to county records, the church building was constructed in 1890.

Work to dismantle the steeple began May 6.

“Spruce Street in front of the abandoned church at 1340 Perkiomen Ave. will remain closed until late Tuesday,” said a statement released Monday afternoon by Noel Acosta III, the city’s communications coordinator. “Crews are finalizing the installation of a tarp over the top of the church tower structure. We appreciate the patience of residents and commuters during this ongoing work.”

The steeple demolition at the former St. Cecilia's Chapel at Perkiomen Avenue and Spruce Street nears completion on Monday, May 13, 2024. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
The steeple demolition at the former St. Cecilia’s Chapel at Perkiomen Avenue and Spruce Street nears completion on Monday, May 13, 2024. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)
The steeple demolition at the former St. Cecilia's Chapel at Perkiomen Avenue and Spruce Street continues Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Although the building is not on the city's blighted properties list, the demolition prompted City Council to consider a special unit targeting blighted properties. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
The steeple demolition at the former St. Cecilia’s Chapel at Perkiomen Avenue and Spruce Street continues Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Although the building is not on the city’s blighted properties list, the demolition prompted City Council to consider a special unit targeting blighted properties. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)
Spires were dismantled Monday, May 6, 2024 from the tower of the former St. Cecilia's Chapel at Perkiomen Avenue and Spruce Street. Sections of the two streets have been closed since Friday because of the feared imminent collapse of the steeple of the abandoned and decayed church. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Spires were dismantled Monday, May 6, 2024 from the tower of the former St. Cecilia’s Chapel at Perkiomen Avenue and Spruce Street. Sections of the two streets have been closed since Friday because of the feared imminent collapse of the steeple of the abandoned and decayed church. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

Former church on Perkiomen Avenue a concern for months before partial collapse

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