Allegheny Valley firefighters consider selling former Harmar substation | TribLIVE.com
Valley News Dispatch

Allegheny Valley firefighters consider selling former Harmar substation

Emily Balser
1323786_web1_web-harmarbuilding

The Allegheny Valley Volunteer Fire Department is considering selling a former substation along Freeport Road to Harmar.

Harmar officials made an offer to buy the building in late January because they want to use it as headquarters for the township’s public works department.

Chuck Miller, president of the fire department, said department officials plans to discuss the offer at its July 3 meeting.

Allegheny County Real Estate records show the 41,000-square-foot building is valued at $536,700, including $190,900 for the land and $345,800 for the building.

Harmar Supervisors Chairman Bob Seibert did not disclose the township’s offer, noting the proposal was still being negotiated. Real estate negotiations are one of the exceptions allowed for closed meetings under the state’s Sunshine Law.

Officials have previously said they want to move the public works garage to that location to have everything in one place. Equipment is currently housed at several different locations.

“We were hopeful we’d actually own it by now,” Seibert said. “It would be a home run for us.”

The vacant property is home to the township’s coal miner monument near the corner of Herron Avenue and Freeport Road. It was installed in 2009 to pay homage to the township’s coal mining history. One of the bronze monument’s key features is a miner in overalls swinging a pick while standing in the middle of a mine shaft. Surrounding the miner are smaller community scenes carved into chunks of coal.

The monument was previously maintained by volunteer Paul Messich, 87, until about two years ago. Since then the fire department has maintained it, Miller said.

Seibert said the township would take care of maintenance of it if they acquire the property.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com 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.