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Youngwood Borough building nears completion

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Bob Hitchman (left) and  Ryan Cupec of the Carpenters Local 759 working for Thomas Construction Inc. of Grove City install drywall at the new Youngwood municipal building.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Bob Hitchman (left) and Ryan Cupec of the Carpenters Local 759 working for Thomas Construction Inc. of Grove City install drywall at the new Youngwood municipal building.
Construction nears completion at new Youngwood municipal building.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Construction nears completion at new Youngwood municipal building.

The new Youngwood Borough building is slated to be complete next month, with the hopes of having an open house the first of September, according to council President Lloyd Crago.

“We're moving right along with it,” said Crago, who has been on council for close to 20 years. “We're meeting with demolition companies and putting out bids. We hope to have (the old building) down by the end of the year.”

The current 100-year-old building on South Sixth Street has been home to the borough offices for the past 20 years. It was formerly used as the Youngwood High School. The borough only used 15 percent of the entire building, which had 60-year-old boilers providing heat. The new 6,000-square-foot brick building between South Sixth and Seventh streets will be more energy efficient, more accessible for the 1,600-square-foot library, and more accommodating with a community room for meetings.

The cost of the new building is $950,000.

“(The old building) is sentimental to a lot of people, but the new building will definitely help out the borough,” said Crago. “It's not too big, it fits our needs and will hopefully be there for 100 years to come.”

Funds have been raised for a new playground because the Sixth Street playground was eliminated for the new building. Crago said the Youngwood Area Business Association has already begun fundraising with a recent 5K Run for the Playground and he also hopes other organizations and individuals will get involved in support of a new playground and basketball court.

Michel Pawlosky-Maiers, president of the Youngwood Area Business Association and owner of Youngwood Eye Care, said the May 19 Run for the Playground was such a success she's received numerous emails asking when they can do it again.

“Taking the playground down impacted so many kids,” said Pawlosky-Maiers, adding the 240 5K participants raised $4,300 for the playground. “Everything we do we try to do for the community of Youngwood. We thought this would be a good [event] because so many people use it.”

Mayor Joan Derco believes the new building will be an asset to the community.

“It will be a beautiful place and very efficient,” she said.

Grove City's Thomas Construction owner Douglas Thomas grew up in Youngwood. Project manager Ben Frisbee has been working on the new facility since December 2012. Although he said the winter slowed the crew down a bit, he is pleased they will be completing on schedule.

“You can't pour concrete when it's freezing,” he said. “The hardest part is that it is a small, congested site, getting our equipment in there, etc., and getting through the winter. Once we got through that, we've been flying ever since.”

Michele Stewardson is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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