A restaurant and inn housed in Glen Rock's oldest building is undergoing emergency repairs after terracotta pipes installed in the 1930s recently deteriorated.

The Glen Rock Mill Inn, 50 Water St., began repairs three weeks ago after the borough and the state Department of Transportation declared the matter an "emergency project." 

The deteriorated pipes, which the borough said were "hanging on by a thread," were first discovered by Glen Rock Mill Inn owner Brandon Hufnagel after he noticed the ground sinking back in March.

Although the pipes run beneath the inn's outdoor patio, they are owned by the borough — which wasn't known until the issue came to a head.The pipes do not run beneath the historic building itself, Hufnagel said.

"The borough had the deed for that, and therefore it's our responsibility to fix," said borough council President Doug Young. "Unfortunately, it doesn't last forever and tends to break down over time."

The rehab of pipes began roughly three weeks ago, which required Hufnagel to tear up the inn's outdoor patio seating area.

Though the construction underground is expecting to finish within the next two weeks, Hufnagel said rebuilding the deck surface could take until spring.

 The inn has remained open despite the repairs.

"It's unfortunate from our side, but it's one of those fixes that had to be done," Hufnagel said. "It hasn't affected the fact that we're still here and operating."

Through the construction process, Young said, the borough discovered things about the historic spot they didn't previously know. 

Dead gas lines and pipes with unknown destinations were a few hindrances to the borough's project, said Young.

"It seems like the more we go into this project, the more things come up we didn't know about," he added. 

The Glen Rock Mill Inn's building was first established as a water-powered sawmill in 1832. 

It was converted to the inn and restaurant in 1986.

"We're trying as hard as we can to make it a quick project and minimize the impact to the Mill Inn and other businesses," Young said. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the location of the collapsed pipes.

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