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Community center option selected by White Oak

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

White Oak council adopted a resolution on Monday selecting an option for a new community center.

The center is a proposed 1,374-square-foot facility to be built near the White Oak Athletic Association's gymnasium at 1606 Lower Heckman Road.

It comes with an estimated $1,144,366 cost and includes a new kitchen and storage area.

“It's going to improve the White Oak Athletic Association tremendously,” council vice president Edward Babyak said.

“I think it's an advantage to our community to have a community center where our senior citizens can have activities during the day, and the youth can have activities in the evening,” council president Dave Pasternak said. “Individuals can use the center also for having individual parties.”

Council had two options from which to choose for a community center. Proposals were submitted by resident Scott Smith of SP Smith Construction Services.

The second was the smaller and more affordable option.

“We need to stay within budget as close as we can,” Pasternak said.

The borough was awarded a $500,000 matching grant through the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

Pasternak said the borough has the remaining money in its capital improvements fund.

Mayor Ina Jean Marton said the community center will benefit the entire borough and not just senior citizens.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or

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