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Church's zoning request in Penn Hills put on hold

Dillon Carr
| Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
The site of the former Bottom Dollar store on Frankstown Road in Penn Hills could become a branch of the Monroeville Assembly of God church.
Lillian DeDomenic | For the Tribune-Review
The site of the former Bottom Dollar store on Frankstown Road in Penn Hills could become a branch of the Monroeville Assembly of God church.

Penn Hills council delayed the vote on a church's request to rezone a vacant property on Frankstown Road from commercial to residential at a recent meeting.

Monroeville Assembly of God is seeking permission from the municipality to rezone the former Bottom Dollar building at 12012 Frankstown Road.

Officials said they wanted to wait until all council members were able to weigh in on the decision that would take the vacant 22,600-square-foot building off the municipality's tax rolls. Council members Catherine Sapp and Gary Underwood were absent from the meeting.

Penn Hills planning commissioners said they are concerned the municipality would lose out on tax revenue. A place of worship is exempt from paying real estate taxes, according to Allegheny County's real estate website. Currently, the property is assessed at $1.4 million.

Council is now scheduled to vote on the matter at its June 4 meeting.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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