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West Mifflin hopes for quick sale of former borough building

Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
West Mifflin Councilman Scott Stephenson, right, comments during council's first voting meeting in the new borough building along Lebanon Road on Tuesday evening. Borough engineer Dan Jovanovich is to his left.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:46 a.m.

West Mifflin's solicitor said he wants to see a quick and proper sale of the old borough building in order to replenish municipal coffers — preferably in the range of $1.775 million to $1.95 million.

“The goal is to make sure we get someone who sells (3000 Lebanon Church Road) for the right price,” Phil DiLucente told borough council on Tuesday.

At its first voting meeting in its new 1020 Lebanon Road location, the solicitor detailed a comparative analysis of the old 36,000-square-foot municipal building and its nearly 100 parking spaces by Kuzneski & Lockard Inc. of Indiana.

The 36,000-square-foot structure is rated as “class B office space,” DiLucente said. “This (at 1020 Lebanon Road) is an A-minus.”

Kuzneski & Lockard found such a building would sell for $62 a square foot in Coraopolis, $61 in Canonsburg and $38 in Mt. Pleasant. DiLucente did not say if a price per square foot had been determined for the West Mifflin building.

It is the first of at least three analyses DiLucente will get for 3000 Lebanon Church Road, which failed to net a responsible bid when the borough first sought a buyer in November.

DiLucente said he may talk to Howard Hanna, a company he represented earlier in his career, as well as a commercial real estate company.

The solicitor hopes Allegheny County Airport across the street from the old borough building draws interest, particularly from the oil and gas industry that has begun operating in several nearby communities.

“That is a jewel that no other city in the state has,” DiLucente told council.

The borough still is talking to West Mifflin Area School District about moving its administrative offices from 3000 Lebanon Church Road to 1020 Lebanon Road.

“It is in their hands and we are patiently awaiting a positive response,” DiLucente said.

Meanwhile, borough officials and its engineering consultants from NIRA are looking over Westwood & Associates LLC plans to subdivide a 23.7-acre portion of Westwood Golf Club along Commonwealth Avenue for 73 single-family condominiums.

The borough planning commission will consider that proposal at its meeting on April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

NIRA engineer Dan Jovanovich said applications have been completed for up to $500,000 in Allegheny County Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund grants for storm water retention at two locations along Curry Hollow Road.

The borough is bracing for a year of traffic jams beginning March 27 in front of its new quarters, as PennDOT contractor Golden Triangle Construction kicks off replacement of the bridge carrying Route 885, as Lebanon Road is officially known, over Union Railroad tracks between the South Hills Industrial Park (the old Continental Can location) and the county airport runway underpass.

In a notice handed out at Tuesday's meeting, the borough said the bridge will be constructed using a half-width method that will allow traffic to be maintained during a project scheduled for completion by April 7 of next year, though lane widths will be reduced.

Borough officials said daylight work is planned though shifts may vary, with some weekend work possible along with weekday construction.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or



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