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Cook's lumber property gets new life in Mt. Pleasant Borough

| Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Westmoreland Community Action CEO Tay Waltenbaugh told Mt. Pleasant Borough Council on Monday that the organization has leased the former Cook's lumber property. The organization hopes to purchase the property within the next year or so.

Waltenbaugh said the location will be the new home to Demo Depot, which specializes in new and used building materials. It will be opened to the public.

"One half of our materials are donated, and the other half are deconstructed," Waltenbaugh said. The organization works with old buildings and homes, removing anything from bricks to fixtures, that can be reused.

Waltenbaugh said a site for the new store had been sought for some time. He said the borough and the Cook's location fit the organization's needs.

"There are 26,000 cars that go by there every day," Waltenbaugh said. "We did not see that at any other location in Westmoreland County."

Waltenbaugh said there may be some additional hiring needed at the store. He said the organization would look locally to fill those needs.

"We will hire people from the community as we plan to be a big part of this community," Waltenbaugh said.

Borough officials were pleased with the addition to the community.

"We are excited to have you here in town," Council President Joe Bauer said.

In other business, council decided to revisit the bike trail and its proposed extension into the borough. Bauer said he plans to meet with representatives from the Coal and Coke trail.

"I want to try to get a handle on where this bike trial is going," Bauer said. He said the new ownership of the Cook's property might open up opportunities. He said the new owners may be open to allowing the trail to continue through to Main Street as originally hoped.

"I was told that maybe we shouldn't bring the trail into the borough because people won't use it. The whole idea was to give residents easier access," said Bauer.

Council will also be reviewing its membership in the Westmoreland COG. Council members said to date, membership has not proven beneficial.

Borough Manager Jeff Landy asked council what was planned for the proposed new dog park, which has never been finished.

"It's not very popular with the committee," said Kevin McFeaters, Parks and Recreation committee member.

"I don't care if it's popular with the committee or not, the residents are using it," Bauer said.

Plans for the park will continue with new signage and repairs to the existing fence.

Councilman Larry Tate said the Veterans Park committee has welcomed new members who have given the proposed new video wall project an overhaul.

"We met last week and we are downsizing the whole thing," Tate said. "Downsizing has made a world of difference."

The project is up and running again and may by finished by Veterans Day.

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