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Vandergrift to demolish old post office

Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
The roof of the former Vandergrift Post Office on Longfellow Street is caving in and falling onto the house next door. Vandergrift Council condemned the building Friday and hired a company to knock it down soon. Photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

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Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 12:11 a.m.
 

A dilapidated building that has partially collapsed onto a neighboring home in Vandergrift will be demolished soon, officials say.

The building, at 335-337 Longfellow St., once housed a post office and other businesses.

Now boarded up, the roof has partially collapsed and the building is condemned.

On Monday, a portion of a side wall of the two-story brick structure fell onto the side of an adjacent home at 333 Longfellow St., damaging its siding.

No one was hurt.

Emergency meeting

In response, Vandergrift Council held an emergency meeting on Friday morning during which it declared the building dangerous and a nuisance.

The council also approved paying Dale Lutterman of Latrobe $8,820 to raze the building.

Although it was not known exactly when work would begin or how long it will take to finish, it should start very soon, council President Brian Carricato said.

Pierre DelleDonne, who lives across the street, was so happy to hear that will be happening she said “thank you.”

“That's a mess,” she said. “It's an eyesore for the rest of the whole street.”

Vandergrift Solicitor Larry Loperfito said the borough was able to locate the building's owner, Timofey Pinkevich, whose home address is in Hanover Township, Beaver County.

According to county records, he has owned the building since 2008.

Loperfito said Pinkevich had not responded to the borough previously about the building's condition.

Multiple citations

The borough has filed multiple citations against Pinkevich and was on track to take him to court before the collapse occurred, Loperfito said.

He said Pinkevich has signed a release and a right of entry for the borough to tear the building down.

“He failed to take appropriate action to keep this property in a safe condition,” Loperfito said.

Pinkevich could not be reached for comment.

The solicitor said the borough also has a right of way from the owner of the neighboring building, Judy Rosensteel.

She could not be reached for comment.

Loperfito said the borough will place a lien on the property for the cost of the demolition.

Carricato said Westmoreland County has agreed to reimburse the borough for the cost.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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