County frees up $30K for demolition of former Trafford station
Less than a year after firefighters moved into a new public safety center in Trafford, borough and Westmoreland County officials are making plans to demolish the old fire station on Duquesne Avenue.
County officials have set a May 17 deadline for accepting bids to tear down the century-old station, which also housed the municipal offices until 2007.
The county's redevelopment authority has set aside about $30,000 for the project, which also could include removal of one or both staircases connecting Duquesne to Edgewood Avenue, Councilwoman Vicki Megon said. The county is using federal money designated for the removal of blighted properties in central business districts for the project. County officials intend to request separate bids for the station and the steps.
At minimum, Trafford would be responsible for paying $1,000 toward the project for aspects such as an environmental inspection and advertisement for bids. Council could decide to incur extra expenses to cover the station demolition or removal of the staircases if the project exceeds $30,000, Megon said.
Hallie Chatfield, the county's revitalization coordinator, said the Trafford property was chosen because of the potential for a redevelopment project there.
Renee Cappetta, president of the Trafford Economic and Community Development Corp., said she thinks the property could attract a developer who would build a multi-floor structure featuring a storefront and apartments.
“If they can come in on a ready lot, that is so desirable for them,” Cappetta said.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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