Next step in new WCCC campus set
A group of nine commercial and residential buildings on Latrobe's Depot and Jefferson streets will soon be demolished to pave the way for Westmoreland County Community College's new campus.
The Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority has advertised for bids to be opened on Tuesday for the demolition of buildings in the 100 block of Depot Street and one structure at 703 Jefferson St. The county's request for proposals includes removing asbestos and clearing the site.
The redevelopment authority had a pre-bid meeting with four demolition companies and anticipates awarding a contract at the redevelopment authority meeting at the end of the month, Kopas said. Demolition could begin in January, and the county expects to have the site cleared within 100 days of the start of the project, Kopas said.
Ann Powell, Latrobe's code enforcement officer, said she does not expect the county to apply for a demolition permit until the contract is awarded.
The demolition could result in some traffic restrictions, including closing Bank Street, an alley abutting the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks, Kopas said.
The demolition process can move forward because the community college recently finalized the purchase of all the properties it needs for the new 26,000-square-foot Laurel Education Center, said Ronald E. Eberhardt, vice president of administrative services at the college. The current Latrobe campus is housed in a former Kennametal Corp. building near the south bank of Loyalhanna Creek.
L.R. Kimball of Ebensburg will do the engineering and design work on the new facility.
The college hopes to begin construction next spring and complete it by the spring of 2014. The cost of property acquisition, construction and equipment for the modern education center will be close to $10 million, Eberhardt said.
To provide parking for faculty, staffers and students in downtown Latrobe, the college last year acquired three parcels, including two parking lots at Depot and Jefferson streets, from the city for $75,000.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Steelers running back blunt about focusing on football
- Steelers have plenty of new faces at wide receiver
- Steelers are on fast track in NFL
- Why Steelers will — or won’t — snap out of their funk
- Pirates down Cardinals, inch closer in wild-card chase
- I-79 paving to close ramps in Collier, Robinson
- Inbound Liberty Tunnel closed
- Rossi: Steelers will make small strides this season
- Previewing Week 1 high school football matchups
- Cardinals’ Fitzgerald feels best days aren’t behind him
- NFL notebook: QB Newton says ‘no doubt’ he’ll be ready for opener