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Heights Plaza work needs a boost

| Thursday, March 27, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

What's up with Heights Plaza in Harrison — our community's business hub for the past half century?

I've worked around construction sites for more than 30 years and simple, single-floor renovation should have been completed months ago. The plaza's owner apparently is in no hurry to escalate construction.

This is the same owner who refused our long-standing Christmas and Easter parades and festivities in the plaza. This company is no friend of our city. And the damage isn't limited to the plaza.

Many businesses within 1,000 feet of the plaza have closed in the past 18 months. Businesses here for decades are closing every month — banks, restaurants, grocery stores, KFC, Strobels Carpet, tire stores, pizza shops and many more.

The 500 cars that patronized our plaza are no more and every business in that area is struggling.

And there is absolutely no reason to have the main driveway of the plaza fenced off. I drive past this several times daily and the machine parked there has been in use exactly once.

So, commissioners, start heavily fining this owner. This foot-dragging construction won't be completed for four to five years at the current pace. Please, take immediate action.

Dennis Czarnowski

Tarentum

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