West Deer moves to level buildings
Despite the efforts of several West Deer supervisors, the wrecking ball soon will visit three abandoned structures in the township.
West Deer supervisors voted, 4-3, on Wednesday night to award a $15,900 contract to A.W. McNabb to demolish buildings at 1132 Eisenhower Ave., 4687 Gibsonia Road and 21 Golden Lane.
The money for the work will come from the federal Community Development Block Grant program, channeled through the North Hills Council of Governments.
Supervisor Gerry Vaerewyck had hoped to have the properties turned over to the township Housing Committee, saying that he had potential buyers for at least two of the properties.
But Supervisor Shirley Hollinbaugh was concerned that the township could lose the federal money by delaying the demolition and jeopardize the township getting future CDBG funding.
“People say they're tired of eyesores, and we have concerns, too,” said supervisors Chairman Jeff Fleming. “Some of these are not feasible to rehab.”
Vaerewyck would like to take advantage of a new state law that allows municipalities to petition a county court to appoint a conservator that will work to convey abandoned properties to new owners who will rehabilitate the structures and get them back onto the tax rolls.
“West Deer essentially has a housing shortage,” Vaerewyck said.
Voting to delay the demolition award and send the three structures' fate to the Housing Committee were Vaerewyck, Tracy Adamik and Lawrence McManus. Voting against were Fleming, Hollinbaugh, Richard DiSanti and Rick Florentine.
Voting yes on the contract award to A.W. McManus were Fleming, Hollinbaugh, DiSanti and Florentine, while Vaerewyck, Adamik and McManus voted no.
No start date on the demolition has been determined.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Harrison man to stand trial, accused of raping 15-year-old girl
- C&S Hardware, a Main Street fixture for 20 years, closes in Saxonburg
- Google Chromebooks, apps transform instruction at Knoch High School
- West Leechburg considers strict rental code
- NK grocery store robbed
- Pair accused of stealing bronze vases at Greenwood Memorial Park
- Hillcrest Shopping Center fabric store to move to Pittsburgh Mills mall
- Gunfire plagues New Kensington
- September ranks with driest ever in Western Pa.
- Leechburg Area’s anti-bullying effort shows youngsters how to be BRAVE
- Stable neighborhood key to flipping houses