TribLIVE

| Home

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Uniontown Area OKs sale of properties

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

Uniontown Area School Board member Thomas “Bill” Gerke asked why the school district lost more than $200,000 when it agreed Monday night to sell the former kindergarten center to Gallatin Capital Partners, a company owned by Steve Neubauer, for $180,000 — the highest bid during a recent public auction.

Before the 8-1 vote was taken, Gerke asked how much the school district paid for the Iowa Street building.

Solicitor Sam Davis said the district purchased the building for $302,000 on Jan. 16, 2003, to house the district's kindergarten students.

“Did the property depreciate 40 percent over the last 10 years?” Gerke asked.

“It seems like the property valuations in the city of Uniontown have remained pretty steady during the past decade,” Davis responded. “We didn't see the large decreases in property values like some parts of the country have seen. I'm sure there were some declines in 2008 when the recent economic recession hit.”

After the school district purchased the building, it spent an estimated $100,000 in renovations.

Although Gerke voted to sell the building, school board President Lloyd Williams opposed the move.

“I feel the building is worth more to us than $180,000,” Williams said. “We have $402,000 invested in the building.”

The board voted unanimously to sell the Central Administration Building on East Church Street to Gallatin Capital Partners for $150,000 — the highest bid during a public auction.

After the meeting, Neubauer said he and his oldest son Joe purchased the two properties in the city because they want to expand the family business, Neubauer Flowers located on Gallatin Avenue and the Market House on East Church Street.

Although he said he is unsure how he will use the Central Administration Building, Neubauer said he plans to offer various floral classes at the kindergarten center.

“We're planning to put the building to use,” he said. “We want to invite the public for floral classes. We're thinking about having a girls' night out for women where they will learn how to make wreaths for their homes. We are considering the idea of hosting kids' parties and offering space for garden clubs and various organizations to meet.”

Neubauer said he wants to give back to the Fayette County and Uniontown communities.

“Uniontown and Fayette County have been really good to us and have continued to support our businesses,” Neubauer said. “We really appreciate the community's support, and we want to show our appreciation.”

In other business, the school board delayed action on proposed changes to a recently negotiated bus contract until Davis has an opportunity to review those changes and make recommendations. The bus contract changes will be discussed during the next board meeting scheduled for 6:25 p.m. Dec. 4.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates trade for Mariners’ Happ
  2. Armstrong escapee caught; murder charges pending
  3. Heyl: Longtime disc jockey Jimmy Roach to turn dismissal into brighter times
  4. Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
  5. Pirates’ Burnett endures another poor start in blowout loss to Reds
  6. Inside the Steelers: Rookie linebacker Chickillo continues to excel
  7. Steelers’ reserve quarterbacks vie to secure spot behind Roethlisberger, Gradkowski
  8. Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
  9. Judge rules McCullough guilty of taking money from elderly woman’s estate
  10. Steelers stress improved conditioning in attempt to play past injuries
  11. Starkey: Garoppolo baffles Steelers