WCVI property deed sent to Arizona bidder
It is Oct. 2, and the deed for the crumbling WCVI building at 131-139 E. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, is in the mail to Shane O'Brien, a real estate developer from Phoenix, Ariz.
On Tuesday, the Fayette County Tax Claim Bureau said neither the city of Connellsville nor Connellsville Area School District had objected to the sale to O'Brien.
Sarah Minnick, director of the bureau, said the county will be able to release more information on the sale once the deed is recorded by O'Brien.
“I know it has problems,” O'Brien said previously. “I've gone very aggressive. I'm looking for corporate benefactors. I want to improve the property and bring it back.”
O'Brien will not have to wait long for mail from the city of Connellsville. Connellsville Code Enforcement Officer Tom Currey said he was preparing to send a letter to O'Brien late Tuesday or on Wednesday to notify him that he has 30 days to begin demolition or begin work to stabilize the structure.
“Since he is the successful bidder, we have every expectation that he will register the deed,” said Currey.
According to Currey, the roof of the building is collapsing. He said the structure itself is weak and a danger to the city's residents.
New Haven fire Chief Bob Topper has reviewed plans for fighting a fire at the structure.
“We can't let it burn,” said Topper. “But we would fight a defensive fire. We do have a plan in place. In layman's terms, we would ‘surround and drown.' ”
Topper said plans called for a “collapse zone.” The safety of firefighters and the public would be paramount, he said.
Some people in the city may express displeasure about the loss of a historic building, but Currey has fears for safety.
“As sad as it is, as terrible as it is, we might lose the WCVI building, I can only look out for the public safety. I'm sorry. I can't just let a building rot in this town, collapse in this town, no matter how historic it might be. That's always the dilemma.”
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3538.
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.
- Crews battle 5-alarm fire at North Union industrial building
- Laurel Highlands teacher ‘humbled’ by St. Vincent award
- Geibel grad dreams big, lands role in second feature film
- Uniontown Lady Red Raiders softball players playing with heart
- Fayette judge: Man not competent to stand trial for fatal stabbing
- Couple hope Connellsville shop will attract trail users
- Houston pipeline firm sues North Union Township over road work
- Trail preparation commences in Connellsville
- 3 oppose incumbent GOP Fayette commissioner
- Connellsville leaders fear collapse of crumbling landmark
- Everson council agrees to buy 40 American flags