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Monroeville church gets go-ahead to move into former Penn Hills Y building

Dillon Carr
| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Penn Hills YMCA
Penn Hills YMCA

Penn Hills council recently gave a Monroeville church permission to move into a vacant YMCA building along Frankstown Road.

Monroeville Assembly of God plans to start a church at 11817 Frankstown Road, in what used to house Penn Hills’ only YMCA branch.

The Rev. Lance Lecocq, a pastor at the church, said he plans to host worship services on Sunday mornings and Saturday evenings. There also will be various ministries taking place in the building throughout the week, such as a free health care center, he said.

Lecocq also said in a letter to the municipality that he hopes the church can open the building to educational and athletic after-school programs for teens and children.

“Basically, we’ve got a lot of ideas, but we’ll need time to bring them to pass,” Lecocq wrote in the letter.

Neither the church nor the YMCA has disclosed a sale price.

Hanna Langholz Wilson Ellis listed the property in September for $1.8 million, shortly after the YMCA closed for good on Aug. 31. A YMCA spokeswoman confirmed there is an agreement in October but declined to offer specifics.

The facility and its property are assessed at $1.3 million, according to county real estate records.

Monroeville Assembly of God tried and failed to rezone a vacant property just down the street on Frankstown Road from commercial to residential in June. Council members said they didn’t want to lose out on tax revenue .

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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