Export officials agree to lease building

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

An old property will bring new money into Export's borough funds beginning this month.

Officials leased a Murrysville office building bequeathed to the borough in 2006 to East Suburban Animal Hospital beginning Oct. 1 for $500 per month.

“It will be a good use of the property,” Solicitor Wes Long said. “They're an excellent tenant by reputation.”

The small office building located at the intersection of Old William Penn Highway and the Cozy Inn Cutoff will serve as a “shot clinic,” Long said. The animal hospital will use the building only for short exams and vaccinations.

The property, which consists of a garage and a small office building, was bequeathed to the borough after the 2006 death of businessman Joseph “Junior” Hall. It was the subject of a yearlong lawsuit between Murrysville and Export several years ago. Borough officials had petitioned to change the zoning on the property in 2010, a move Murrysville council did not approve.

The property is zoned “mixed-use”; Export officials wanted it zoned “business” to increase the type of businesses that could lease the property.

In 2012, officials from both communities settled the lawsuit with an agreement that allows Export to lease the property to businesses that fit in more than 80 different uses with Murrysville's approval.

In May 2012, the borough signed a $2,000-per-month lease with Pittsburgh Sign and Lighting for the garage. In total, the Hall property brings $2,500 of revenue into the borough each month.

Long said animal hospital officials plan to complete some remodeling at the building at its own expense. The borough will pay only real estate taxes on the property; the hospital will pay all utilities for the duration of the three-year lease.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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