Judge orders Harrisburg to hire title search firm in wall collapse dispute

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A court order issued Wednesday by a Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas judge states the City of Harrisburg must hire a title search firm to determine the true owner of a wall that collapsed last year.

Last spring, the edge of the parking lot of the McFarland apartment building, along with a retaining wall, collapsed onto a Cameron Street business. A car parked in the lot also came crashing down with the rest of the debris.

Ownership of the wall that fell onto Howard Tire & Auto, Inc. has long been disputed.

The city has blamed the McFarland building and asked that the cleanup process get underway.

Those representing the building have blamed PennDOT, citing work done to the bridge months prior to the collapse.

The court order, written by Judge Lawrence F. Clark Jr., states the title search must be accompanied by a survey plan of the disputed site. A licensed engineer must also be involved to oversee those tasks, which must be accomplished within 60 days.

The tire shop’s owner, Howard Henry, has since closed the business after his warehouse was condemned.

Friday will mark one year since the collapse.

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