CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) — After 51 years of being a staple in Lower Allen Township, the day has come to say bon voyage to Bon-Ton. Demolition beings Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

The demolition will not be an explosion. Construction crews will chip away at the building for the next month until the site is fully cleared.

Lower Allen Township Assistant Manager Erin Trone says the building was built in 1968 as a Pomeroy’s. Bon-Ton bought the building around 1990. She said many stories are coming to the surface about Bon-Ton now that it is being torn down.

One of Trone’s favorite stories is a woman who wants a piece of the escalator because his parents first saw each other while going in opposite directions.

Art Campbell, the president of Campbell Commercial Real Estate, said the land will be developed into a Marriott Hotel with 125 bedrooms by 2021. Construction will begin this spring and businesses will be open early in 2021.

There is also still room for other businesses and restaurants. If you’re interested in having your business on the property, call 717-737-6161.

Campbell Commercial Real Estate is helping with the marketing of the project. The Lower Allen Township Development Authority purchased the 14 acres in January.

Campbell says Bonefish and Texas Roadhouse are excited for the new development going up nearby. The Bon-Ton that is being torn down is at 3525 Gettysburg Road in Camp Hill.

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