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Indiana company gets OK to sell former West Mifflin municipal building

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4:01 a.m.

An Indiana company gets the job of selling West Mifflin's old municipal building.

Borough council on Tuesday approved Kuzneski & Lockard Inc. as listing agent for the 36,000-square-foot building at 3000 Lebanon Church Road.

The borough vacated it for new quarters at 1020 Lebanon Road earlier this year.

Asked by Councilman Robert Kostelnik if anyone else made a bid for the building, borough Manager Brian Kamauf acknowledged, “We've had interest in the building,” but it was not a responsible bid. Borough Solicitor Greg Evashavik concurred.

“Those people have never come forward with a concrete offer,” Evashavik said, not disclosing the name of the would-be bidder.

John Koczka, a regular in the audience and a past Republican candidate for several jobs in the heavily Democratic town, asked why a West Mifflin company wasn't chosen.

“They're the best qualified for this,” Kamauf said. “They have clients from all over the country.”

And their selling points will include Allegheny County Airport across the street, borough officials said.

Four tenants remain in the old borough building. Council approved a month-to-month arrangement with one of them, Leidos Inc., for $3,825 a month.

West Mifflin Area School District will be at the old building until July 1, when it will move to 1020 Lebanon Road.

“We have a final lease agreement that has been signed with the school district,” Kamauf said.

West Mifflin's first responders have quarters in the new borough building, too. Baldwin EMS Chief William Plunkett said paramedics are available there 24 hours a day.

Police Chief Ken Davies said his officers will complete their move from an older municipal building at 4733 Greensprings Ave. on May 12.

Council approved advertising an ordinance to allow the borough to revise, change and amend traffic control and parking regulations with a resolution rather than an ordinance, as is now the case.

Borough officials said that will allow for long-sought changes on June Drive.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.



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