Strickler farmhouse to potentially be coroner's office

David Weissman
  • York County is looking to renovate the county-owned Strickler farmhouse, which was partly built in 1742.
  • The York County Coroner's Office could potentially move into the renovated building next to the prison.
  • York County took out a bond that included $250,000 for renovations to the Strickler property.

The nearly 300-year-old building next to the York County Prison soon might be occupied by the York County Coroner's Office.

York County is looking to see if the Strickler farmhouse, partially built in 1742 and now part of the York County  Prison property, can be economically rehabbed. Friday, June 24, 2016.
John A. Pavoncello photo

County commissioners voted Wednesday to solicit bids for renovations to the Strickler farmhouse in Springettsbury Township.

The county agreed in June to have York City-based engineering firm Murphy & Dittenhafer look into potential uses for the property, which the county has owned since 1943.

At the time, commissioners said they would like to fix it up, but they needed to know what it would be used for before committing to spend money.

The Strickler house was used by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for 12 to 15 years before ICE moved to the nearby annex building at the county-owned Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center several years ago because of the poor condition of the building. The house has sat vacant since.

Remnants of former occupants, including ICE, are still present in the Strickler farmhouse, built in 1742 and now part of the York County Prison Prison property, Friday, June 24, 2016.
John A. Pavoncello photo

The Pleasant Acres annex is also home to the county coroner's office, and Coroner Pam Gay said her department has outgrown the small space.

The move would help her department seek national accreditation, which she said might be federally mandated in the future.

Frank Dittenhafer, co-founder of Murphy & Dittenhafer, told commissioners there are numerous repairs needed for the coroner's office to move into the house, which was built in three segments during 1742, 1835 and 1865. But overall, the building is in pretty good shape for being so old, he said.

York County explores what to do with Strickler house

Dittenhafer and the county declined to offer a price estimate for the repairs before receiving bids, but the commissioners refinanced a bond Wednesday that included $250,000 for Strickler farmhouse renovations.

Dittenhafer said the renovation work could begin in the spring of 2017.

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

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