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Brentwood school, borough boards talk building plans

| Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 12:49 p.m.
Brentwood Borough municipal building photographed Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
Brentwood Borough municipal building photographed Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Future bricks and mortar were the topic of discussion between the Brentwood school board and Brentwood Borough Council at a Jan. 30 joint meeting.

Amy Burch, superintendent of the school district, said the district is about a year away from deciding whether it should build or renovate. Right now, she said, the district is studying ways to better utilize the square footage they have.

“These buildings have not been renovated in 25 years,” Burch said at the meeting.

The school board and council hold a combined public meeting twice a year to update each other on projects and issues they face.

Like the school board, council is moving forward with its own building projects.

Council chambers and administrative offices will be relocated to a renovated Brentwood Civic Center and a one-story building will be constructed at the former Snee Dairy site on Brownsville Road for the police and EMS departments.

Councilman John Frombach said council is hopeful of getting design plans for the civic center by August, and plans for the new building by September. The goal, he said, is to be in the new locations by January 2020.

The current municipal building dates back to 1915, the year Brentwood became a borough. Frombach said the last renovations were done in the 1950s and there is no heating system in the building.

“We spent $100,000 reinforcing the stones,” he said.

“It is eating us alive financially.”

But because the building is on heavily traveled Brownsville Road and sits in the heart of the Brentwood business district, Frombach said developers have expressed interest in the site.

“Our goal is to sell the existing building,” said Frombach, adding there have been discussions about putting retail space on the first floor and apartments on the upper levels.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at selliott@tribweb.com or 412-871-2346.

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