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Deal terminated to sell former movie theater in South Fayette

| Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 4:03 p.m.
The Star City Theater in South Fayette is in the process of being demolished. Work began in January 2017.
Bobby Cherry | Tribune-Review
The Star City Theater in South Fayette is in the process of being demolished. Work began in January 2017.

A deal to sell the former Star City Cinemas site in South Fayette has been terminated, township leaders said Friday afternoon.

“It is the township's understanding that Horizon's decision is based on their private circumstances, not on anything related to the township itself,” South Fayette board of commissioners President Joseph Horowitz said in a statement released by the township Friday. “It is unfortunate that Horizon will not be able to bring this development to fruition, but we appreciate their efforts throughout this process.”

Cecil-based Horizon Properties bought the 8.5-acre property near Interstate 79 for $5 million in September 2015. South Fayette Commissioners unanimously awarded a contract to Ritenour & Sons Construction Co. Inc. in October to demolish the property for roughly $227,500.

Horizon Properties could not immediately be reached for comment.

Developers had been working to clean up the site, township leaders said.

“Horizon's decision is not related to the environmental cleanup process at the site,” township Manager Ryan Eggleston said in a statement. “It turns out the site actually should require minimal cleanup.”

Township leaders said Horizon had worked with the state Department of Environmental Protection on a plan to clean up chemicals at the site.

The property was used for coal mining activities from the 1930s through 1960s, and then used by the Mulach Steel company through the 1990s before becoming a movie theater. The theater closed in 2011.

Horizon's period of due diligence had been extended until Oct. 31, township leaders said.

Township leaders had hoped to use the money from the sale to build a new government and municipal center on Millers Run Road.

Bobby Cherry is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at and on Twitter at @bc_trib.

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