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CVS likely to move to former Heights Elementary School site

| Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 12:32 a.m.

Harrison Township will be getting a new store, sort of, at the site of the former Heights Elementary School.

While the building on the site will be new, the name on it will not: CVS.

During Monday's school board meeting, board Solicitor Lisa Colautti said, “The development company has now made it public that it is CVS that will be the end user for the property,”

CVS, a national drugstore chain, already has a store in the Natrona Heights section at the Heights Plaza Shopping Center, less than a mile from the Heights Elementary property along Freeport Road. It is not known what will happen to the existing store.

Dale Greco of RBG Development, the company that put the deal together, did not return a call Monday night from the Valley News Dispatch seeking comment for this story.

RBG Development requested an extension of the sales agreement it has with the school district. On Monday, the board approved the extension unanimously. RBG agreed to purchase the 2.2-acre property from Highlands for $1 million. The extension proposal will extend the sales agreement for seven months, for which RBG will pay the district an additional $10,000.

The administration and the board solicitor were authorized to negotiate the final amendment with RBG and present it to the board for consideration in September.

“The problem is CVS needs more time in order to get needed municipal approvals,” Colautti said.

In a related matter, the school board took the advice of a Realtor and lowered the district's asking price for the recently closed administrative center.

Harrison Realtor Janet Czekalski recommended the board lower the $440,000 price because no offers were made to buy the property, which was once Riverview Elementary School along the 1300 block of 11th Street. The new price on the property will be $200,000, which the board approved unanimously.

Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or tyerace@tribweb.com.

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