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Sewickley YMCA puts home up for sale

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A sliver of the Sewickley Valley YMCA's property can be purchased for $350,000.

YMCA leaders have put up for sale a four-bedroom, two-bathroom Cape Cod-style home at 349 Backbone Road where the Y's director once lived.

The Sewickley Planning Commission last week recommended approval for the organization's request to subdivide the piece of property and zone it R-1, a residential category. Council members are expected to discuss the matter at a July 21 meeting, where they could approve or deny the request.

The house was built in 1930, according to property data, and first served as the home for the YMCA's groundskeeper, CEO Trish Hooper said. Later, it became the YMCA director's home and it was used for this purpose through the mid-1990s, Hooper said.

The organization subsequently rented out the property, Hooper said.

Times have changed, and the YMCA's director no longer is required to live on site.

“It really doesn't serve or further our mission to be landlords,” she said. “We think it's a better use for the property to turn it over.”

Borough Manager Kevin Flannery said placing the home as a single-family dwelling would allow governing agencies to collect taxes on it.

Allegheny County, school and borough taxes on the property are estimated at $6,710, according to Howard Hanna, listing company for the home.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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