A crew tears down the Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church building on Main Street in Avoca on Monday. The borough purchased the structure and adjoining parking lot on July 3 for $144,000 with plans to construct a new municipal building on the property. The new one-story facility will be handicap-accessible and also will house the police department. The borough used part of a $450,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Local Share Account, which is funded by gambling proceeds, to buy the land; the remainder will be used to help construct the new building. Ss. Peter and Paul Church began as a beneficial society on July 2, 1904, and a group of 36 Polish families petitioned Bishop Michael J. Hoban to allow them to start a parish. Permission was granted and the church opened on Easter morning April 11, 1909. The building was replaced by the current church on June 29, 1935, the feast day of Ss. Peter and Paul. The church closed its doors for the final time with a closing liturgy and ceremony on Oct. 2, 2011. Blaise Boggetti, 11, carries a piece of the debris from the church. Boggetti attended the church as did his great-grandparents.