Hokey Legion repairs expected to start
The long wait for major construction to begin at the Hokendauqua-based Jones Quigg American Legion Post 739 — damaged by fire when a bolt of lightning struck the building June 25, 2016 — is nearing an end.
Trusses for a new roof, along with a crane, were expected to be on the scene by the middle of September, after which workers will remove the heavily damaged roof and replace it.
The 14-month-plus delay in having the legion home, bar area and social hall/meeting room undergo major rebuilding was said to be because the insurance company and adjusters had to come to an agreement on the financial damage incurred. There are still further arrangements to be agreed upon by both parties, but sufficient funding has made materials and contracts available for the work to begin, a spokesman said.
Located on more than 12 acres, abutting the Ironton Rail Trail and Lehigh River, off Front Street, the brick-faced structure sustained damage to its entire interior, which has to be gutted and replaced.
Reconstruction of the roof and interior could be completed by year’s end.
Meanwhile, legion members have been holding meetings at the outdoor pavilion or the nearby Egypt Veterans of Foreign Wars facility.