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Glassport officials approve emergency demolitions

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 2:01 a.m.

Glassport council unanimously approved the emergency demolition of two abandoned buildings along Indiana Avenue immediately following a public hearing on Tuesday evening.

The buildings to be razed are 616 and 620 Indiana Ave., both owned by Glassport resident Ella Sparico.

Neighbors in attendance spoke about the dangers the buildings present, including allegations that they are fire hazards filled with rodents and unmonitored dens for squatters.

Sparico pleaded with council to demolish the structures.

“These buildings are in deplorable conditions,” she said. “They're both ready to come down and I don't have the finances to do anything to fix them.”

Solicitor Gary Matta said the borough engineer inspected the buildings and recommended the emergency demolitions for the “health, safety and welfare of the community.”

Allegheny County will provide $13,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to dismantle the buildings.

Mayor Rosemary Bradley said demolition will begin once all of the paperwork is submitted to the county.

Council announced the resignation of Councilwoman Nancy Crncic, who was not present at the meeting. Crncic served as chair of the Honor Roll Memorial, municipal buildings and property committees and was vice chair of the sanitation and senior citizen committee. She was a delegate to the Twin Rivers Council of Governments.

Council president David Kowalski said the borough will accept letters through July 4 from anyone interested in potentially being appointed to council. Interviews tentatively are slated to begin July 8.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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