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Former Penn Aqua Club among proposed demolitions in Penn Hills

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Patrick Varine | Penn Hills Progress
The Penn Aqua Club on Lynnwood Street is on the municipality's of list of properties slated for demolition. The diving well at the former club, above, is filled with garbage and the property is covered in graffiti.

The former Penn Aqua Club on Lynnwood Street will be demolished as part of two demolition packages awarded this month by the Penn Hills Municipal Council.

Properties deemed unsafe and unsanitary are nominated for inclusion on the list. The Penn Aqua Club property is littered with trash, both on the grounds and in the pool areas, including a diving well filled with garbage and old pool equipment.

Taxes have not been paid on the property dating at least to 2010, according to county property assessment records.

Council awarded bids on June 10 for $28,350 and $30,987 to Apollo-based Excavation Contracting by Eremic, and Penn-Hills-based Massarelli Excavating, respectively.

The contractors will bring down 10 properties as part of the municipality's fifth round of town-wide demolitions. Properties on the list include:

• 7102 Doak St.

• 162 Lemington Ave.

• 7229 Mt. Carmel Road

• 7118 Paxico St.

• 1839 Runnette St.

• 7600 E. Lemington St.

• 161 Lynnwood St.

• 1915 San Juan St.

• 7837 Thon Drive.

• 1427 Banfield St.

The contracts will be paid using federal Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

In other business:

• Council voted to enter into a year-long lease with Don Kuhn Auto Body to rent half of the lot space at 229 Sandy Creek Road for $600 per month. The lot will be used to store vehicles waiting to be processed as part of criminal investigations.

Deputy Mayor Sara Kuhn abstained from the unanimous vote. Kuhn's husband is the owner of Don Kuhn Auto Body.

• Council voted unanimously to extend its current agreement with Nick's Automotive on Stotler Road for the maintenance and repair of municipal vehicles, at a cost not to exceed $90,000 per year.

• Council voted unanimously to continue its current lease with Penn Hills Family Services Group Inc., for operation of the Penn Hills Multipurpose Center on Lincoln Road.

The property is home to a playground which recently underwent renovations in late 2011. Situated across from Riverview Memorial Cemetery, the park is tucked away behind the service center, next to Charles Kindle Memorial Field.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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