EDITORIAL: End of eyesore in sight

York Dispatch

Thumbs up: It's about time.

The former Danskin building at 300 N. State St. closed its doors in 2009. Since then it was bought, partially demolished and eventually abandoned.

Now the ugly pile of rubble in a residential area near Goode K-8 school might finally be cleaned and the site put to a use more suited for the area.

The city's Redevelopment Authority recently voted to acquire the property for $25,000 — an amount that covers what the owner owes in delinquent taxes, according to Shilvosky Buffaloe, the city's director of economic and community development.

The next steps will likely involve more demolition, site remediation, development proposals and future construction, he said.

"The site lends itself to an adaptive re-use project," Buffaloe said, suggesting the neighborhood would benefit from a mixed-income housing project with modern amenities.

Thumbs down: Lose something, voyeuristic drone operator?

A York County family vacationing in Ocean City, New Jersey, noticed a camera-equipped drone hovering above female sunbathers over the course of several days.

On July 7 they watched as the craft hovered above the ocean, then dropped to the surface of the water and disappeared. Perhaps not surprisingly, the operator never showed up to retrieve the drone.

Five days later, Dylan Leik, 13, of Spring Garden Township, found the machine – which, he later discovered, sells for about $700 – buried in the sand.

The drone was ruined by its memory card yielded about 70 photos and 12 videos – including a series that focused on a group of teen-age girls on the beach.

"I understand getting some really cool aerial photography of the houses and the beach," Dylan's father Josh Leik said. "But why in the world would they want close-up video of people on the beach? I think there's probably only one answer to that."

Thumbs up: To YorkArts, for a recently completed capital campaign that raised $1.5 million, well above its $1.3 million goal.

Now the 25-year-old nonprofit turns its attention to a major revamp that will reconfigure and upgrade its buildings in York City and, in turn, increase its arts education programs.

As part of YorkArts' transformation, it will undergo a name change, but executive director Kevin Lenker and his staff are mum on what its new name will be.

"YorkArts 3.0 will not look like the YorkArts that your father knew and loved," he said.