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Aspinwall mayor fighting to keep PNC Bank in business district

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 7:27 p.m.
The Herald
The PNC Bank in Aspinwall is scheduled to close in June. Jan Pakler | for The Herald

PNC Bank plans to close its Aspinwall branch in June.

Fred Solomon, spokesman for PNC Bank, said a firm date for closing the branch was not available.

He said notice would go out to customers 90 days before the bank is closed.

Aspinwall Mayor Ben Killian hopes that notice doesn't go out.

“We're not going to go down without a fight, that's for sure,” Killian said.

Having the bank, on Brilliant Avenue in the borough's business district, is important for many senior citizens who use it regularly, he said.

“We have too many elderly people in town, and not only in our town but also our neighbors in Fox Chapel and O'Hara township, who frequent our town and our business and that bank,” Killian said.

Solomon said another branch is located in The Waterworks shopping plaza, less than one mile from Aspinwall.

He did not say how many employees work at the Aspinwall branch but said when branches close, employees are often reassigned to other PNC Bank locations.

Solomon said he is unsure what would happen with the bank building after the branch closed.

Killian said the site has been used as a bank for as long as he can remember.

Killian said he hopes to appeal to PNC Bank officials to stay in the borough and encouraged residents to contact state officials to express their concerns about the branch closing.

“I'm trying to give them all the good reasons to stay. It's a well-policed town, it's a well-kept town,” Killian said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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