ShareThis Page
South Hills

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 or 412-871-2346.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me