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Roof condition prompts talk of relocating Pitcairn borough office

Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
Officials are looking for a new location for the Pitcairn Borough Building. The existing building on Sixth Street, the former Pitcairn Elementary School No. 1, is in bad condition.

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By Kyle Lawson
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The condition of the Pitcairn borough building's roof has forced officials to seek a new location for the police department and administrative offices.

Repairs to the roof would cost an estimated $100,000, officials said.

Given that the building is about 100 years old, borough council members are considering other options.

“There's a lot of problems, and (new offices) is something to consider,” council President John Prucnal said.

Council asked borough engineer Don Black to research the logistics of adding a second floor to the Park Building on Broadway Boulevard.

Black reported to council last week the project likely would be too expensive, considering the size of Pitcairn's budget.

He also said it might be cheaper to build from scratch.

Black said the construction of a second floor could cost an estimated $250 per square foot, due to additional support beams and an elevator that structurally would have to be built on the exterior of the building. He said a new building — constructed on an open plot of land — could cost an estimated $150 per square foot.

“In my opinion, it'd probably be better to site a building elsewhere,” Black said.

He said there is space to build on Broadway Boulevard.

“There does appear to be room down there for it to work, but there would have to be concessions,” Black said. “Whether you want to cut in to the ball fields, or (build) down by the fire stations. You have room to do stuff.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or

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