Sale of borough building may relocate 2 West Mifflin services
If a sale of the municipal building comes to pass, West Mifflin Area School District has indicated it would like to move with West Mifflin borough offices to another facility.
“We're really just waiting to hear what they do,” said district Superintendent Daniel Castagna, referring to the borough's potential sale of its building at 3000 Lebanon Church Road and move to another building.
The possibility of selling the building was discussed at a West Mifflin council meeting this week after council approved plans to have the Pittsburgh firm Kelly Reilly Nell & Barna Associates appraise the building at a cost of $3,000.
West Mifflin officials said then that the borough is considering selling the property because it has more space than the borough needs.
Castagna said that if such a measure came to pass, he would recommend that the district follow the borough to a new administrative center, because, “It's good to have the two located together.”
In addition to the convenience a shared location offers residents, Castagna said it is easier for the two taxing bodies to negotiate the sharing of services if they are under the same roof.
The school district occupies the top, or third floor, of the facility. Seventeen district employees work at the building.
Borough officials said the possibility of moving the police department into the current borough building was considered, then rejected for several reasons.
Police Chief Ken Davies said the projected costs of relocating to the facility were “exorbitant to where it wasn't an efficient move.”
He said parking and entry and egress from the building would be problematic for the department, as well as the housing of prisoners.
The department is actively looking to relocate from its Greensprings Avenue location. Davies said police would like to be located close to other borough offices.
According to the 2013 Allegheny County assessment, the building, which also is headquarters to Baldwin EMS and several businesses, is worth $3,225,500.
Borough manager Brian Kamauf said the current assessment is too high and the borough is considering appealing it. Still, he said the assessment is not the reason the borough is considering a move.
“Consolidation (of borough offices) would be a big cost savings,” Kamauf said.
The borough purchased its office building in 1997 for $1,950,000.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or email@example.com.
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