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Penn Hills to consider hiring real estate agent to market old municipal building

Dillon Carr
| Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
The old Penn Hills administrative building at 12247 Frankstown Road.
Dillon Carr | Tribune-Review
The old Penn Hills administrative building at 12247 Frankstown Road.

Penn Hills council unanimously hired a real estate agent Dec. 17 to market the municipality’s old administrative building on Frankstown Road.

The municipality began looking for a real estate firm to sell the building it has owned since 1937 in October. Manager Scott Andrejchak said three firms submitted proposals, and staff recommended Michael Pirollo of Keller Williams Commercial to be hired.

Pirollo also owns Dream Photography in Penn Hills.

The old building, located at 12245 Frankstown Road, had housed police, EMS and administrative staff since 1968. It sits on around an acre of land and is valued at nearly $2.3 million, according to real estate records. The property is zoned for commercial purposes.

Pirollo said he will try to secure the best deal for Penn Hills, but would initially like to list the property at $800,000 because that price is “more realistic.”

“The assessed value is not realistic at all. You’ve got to go by other buildings and what they’re selling for, the condition,” Pirollo said. “There’s no way that’s going to be assessed higher than the selling price, or shouldn’t be.”

Craig Alexander, the municipality’s solicitor, also will appeal the site’s assessed value with Allegheny County.

There was no discussion at the meeting about the two actions.

Pirollo said he likely will list the property in the coming days because there already is interest from potential buyers.

Penn Hills staff, including police and EMS departments, moved to a new building at 102 Duff Road this summer. The $12.3 million complex includes a 43,200-square-foot municipal and police building, and a 9,000-square-foot emergency services building. It also will have a firefighter training area.

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

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