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Abandoned bar turned dumping ground in Plum slated for demolition

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Plum Advance Leader
Demolition of the City View Tavern site on Logans Ferry Road, Plum

The City View Tavern has been closed for about two decades, and the site on Logans Ferry Road has been scattered with debris and trash.

Plum Council voted last year to declare the building an unsafe structure and ordered its demolition. Planning Director Jason Straley said then that the building was dilapidated, the floor had collapsed and a garage in the back was falling down.

“It has been a problem for a long time,” Straley said last week. “After it (the tavern) closed, it (the site) turned into a large landfill with junk.”

After decades of problems, the site is being cleared to make way for demolition of the building, according to Michelle Meade, whose uncle, the late Peter Dominici, owned the bar for more than 20 years before closing it in the mid 1990s. Dominici died in 2007 at age 66.

“We have started to clean up there,” said Meade, 52, of Allegheny Township, who is handling the property as his heir. “I am waiting for the utility companies to give me an OK (to proceed) that the meters are gone.”

Straley said Meade obtained a demolition permit last summer for the building to be taken down. “They started progress and stopped,” he said.

Meade said the demolition plans were put on hold for a variety of reasons.

“There were financial considerations, and the weather during the winter didn't cooperate,” she said.

Straley said the current demolition permit expires on June 26. “Our goal is for the demolition (of the building),” Straley said.

Meade said her intent is to have the building taken down by June 26.

Bernard Rottschaefer, who lives on Logans Ferry Road near the former bar, said the site essentially has been a dump for years.

“It is whatever the trash people won't take,” said Rottschaefer, 71. “It ends up on Pete's property. The stuff there is not what Pete put there. It's what people drop off.”

Rottschaefer said he would like to see the site redeveloped. “It would be nice to see the property cleaned and have someone purchase it to put a house on it,” he said.

Meade said she plans to consider selling the site.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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