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Bids being accepted for old Trafford police station

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn
Trafford Council is seeking to get at least $80,000 for the former police station at Brinton Avenue and Fifth Street. The borough is taking sealed bids until May 17. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn-Trafford Star

By putting the borough's old police station up for sale, Trafford Council members said, they hope the converted bank building arrests the attention of a developer.

Council members want the building at Brinton Avenue and Fifth Street to fetch at least $80,000 through a sealed-bid process that is open until May 17.

Failing that, officials said, they might consider an auction to sell the currently tax-exempt property and start the course of getting it back on the tax rolls.

Twenty years ago, council paid the former Irwin Bank & Trust $70,000 for the building and surrounding property, court records show. Westmoreland County lists the assessed value at $42,960, but that figure is misleading because the county uses 1972 as its base year for setting values.

Council doesn't have an updated appraisal of the property.

The building became obsolete for the borough after the police moved into the public-safety building last summer.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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