Allegheny County to demolish 5 South Park buildings

| Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4:51 p.m.

Allegheny County plans to demolish five buildings at South Park with work beginning as soon as August, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Councilman John Palmiere announced Thursday.

The Duck Pond House, McConkey House, McConkey Barn and Sedota House will be demolished at a cost of $35,400, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said. Plans for Schoonamaker Hall have not been put out to bid because it is near Catfish Run and work will require a state Department of Environmental Protection permit.

The buildings have been abandoned for more than 10 years and have “deteriorated to the point that they're unsafe,” Palmiere, D-Baldwin Township, said in a statement.

County council must approve the demolition plans. Fitzgerald and Palmiere will submit legislation to council next month.

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