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West Mifflin pursues purchase of Trumbull building

| Thursday, May 23, 2013, 4:51 a.m.

West Mifflin borough is looking to buy the former Trumbull Corp. building along Lebanon Road for $3.6 million.

Councilors on Wednesday unanimously approved a purchase offer which, if accepted, could result in the borough consolidating most, if not all of its services at the property, which once housed offices for the construction firm.

Borough manager Brian Kamauf said the need for a new police headquarters is a large factor in the borough's consideration of the property.

If the sale goes through, police, public safety and some borough administrative services would be first to move in. Kamauf said the borough would look to sell the existing police station, located along Greensprings Avenue, and the borough's current municipal building, along Lebanon Church Road.

Councilman John Andzelik said at the meeting that the search for a new police station “has been an ongoing thing.”

The borough is talking to West Mifflin Area School District about sharing space in the old Trumbull building, which is located across the street from a GetGo gas station.

UPMC has a home health care center in the building and borough officials said they hope UPMC would remain a tenant.

The borough hopes other portions of the property could be rented to private tenants.

The property has parking for 240 vehicles.

The sales agreement represents a 27 percent discount on the original asking price, according to the borough.

Kamauf said bonds could be issued, police federal forfeiture funds could be tapped or a regular bank loan could be acquired to fund the purchase.

Whatever mechanism ultimately is used, he said that by his calculations the borough will come out ahead $100,000 annually.

That, he said, is because of savings generated by selling the other buildings and through rents.

He said parties are interested in purchasing the current borough building.

An arrangement with the school district and financing options remain to be worked out but Kamauf said the building could be move-in ready by Jan. 1.

He said the proposed sale price includes improvements that would be made.

In future years, Kamauf said the borough might wish to consider locating its public works department to vacant space in the rear of the property.

Kamauf added that the borough should wait on that option to avoid being overextended financially.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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