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Demolition of Boyd Community Center to begin

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 2:48 p.m.

Demolition of Boyd Community Center could begin Thursday, May 15, if asbestos permits are cleared today as expected through Allegheny County.

O'Hara Council announced the update during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

“The fencing went up around the building,” Township Engineer Chuck Steinert said. “We're just waiting for the permits.”

It is the first step in a proposed $8.2 million project to replace the worn community center where programs long ago outgrew the cramped classrooms.

Ritenour and Sons landed the $166,000 demolition contract, which will be paid from the community center's capital campaign.

Council will have a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. May 21 to open bids for the new building, which will be built on the same 11-acre campus along Powers Run Road.

Council is expected to discuss the bids, and possibly vote on one, during its meeting on June 10.

Work expected to begin this week will include razing the former library, which was housed in half of the building.

There should be no impact on parking.

The playground that sits in the rear of the property will remain open until construction crews need it to be closed off, Steinert said.

Demolition is expected to be completed by the beginning of June.

Staff report

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