Vandergrift to demolish old post office
A dilapidated building that has partially collapsed onto a neighboring home in Vandergrift will be demolished soon, officials say.
The building, at 335-337 Longfellow St., once housed a post office and other businesses.
Now boarded up, the roof has partially collapsed and the building is condemned.
On Monday, a portion of a side wall of the two-story brick structure fell onto the side of an adjacent home at 333 Longfellow St., damaging its siding.
No one was hurt.
In response, Vandergrift Council held an emergency meeting on Friday morning during which it declared the building dangerous and a nuisance.
The council also approved paying Dale Lutterman of Latrobe $8,820 to raze the building.
Although it was not known exactly when work would begin or how long it will take to finish, it should start very soon, council President Brian Carricato said.
Pierre DelleDonne, who lives across the street, was so happy to hear that will be happening she said “thank you.”
“That's a mess,” she said. “It's an eyesore for the rest of the whole street.”
Vandergrift Solicitor Larry Loperfito said the borough was able to locate the building's owner, Timofey Pinkevich, whose home address is in Hanover Township, Beaver County.
According to county records, he has owned the building since 2008.
Loperfito said Pinkevich had not responded to the borough previously about the building's condition.
The borough has filed multiple citations against Pinkevich and was on track to take him to court before the collapse occurred, Loperfito said.
He said Pinkevich has signed a release and a right of entry for the borough to tear the building down.
“He failed to take appropriate action to keep this property in a safe condition,” Loperfito said.
Pinkevich could not be reached for comment.
The solicitor said the borough also has a right of way from the owner of the neighboring building, Judy Rosensteel.
She could not be reached for comment.
Loperfito said the borough will place a lien on the property for the cost of the demolition.
Carricato said Westmoreland County has agreed to reimburse the borough for the cost.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Big plays cost Steelers defense in preseason loss at Bills
- Rossi: Beleaguered Steelers need MVP from Big Ben
- Biertempfel: Pittsburgh native faced quick learning curve as Marlins GM
- Pirates, Cubs to make up postponed game Sept. 15
- Architecture: Pittsburgh history in 10 houses
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin mum on Bryant suspension
- Butler organization seeks answers for unexplained phenomena
- Patience serves as virtue amid prospect Glasnow’s quest for majors
- Man charged in East Liberty robbery
- Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections
- Spokane’s proposed ‘family wage’ is a ‘progressive’ cancer