Allegheny Valley School District hopes to sell the former Colfax school building
The Allegheny Valley School District hopes to sell the recently closed Colfax Upper Elementary School.
The school board on Tuesday reviewed three possible scenarios for the iconic building’s future.
Officials finally agreed to move ahead with the attempt to market and eventually sell the building.
Maintenance for the building is expected to cost $120,000 for the upcoming school year.
“Our taxpayers are paying for an unused building,” said School Director Elizabeth Moretti.
Other scenarios considered were demolishing the building or repurposing the facility.
The site is zoned residential. A buyer wanting to develop something other than housing would have to request a zoning change from Springdale Council.
Solicitor Matthew Hoffman said that an Allegheny County judge would have to give final approval of a sales agreement.
“We once had many school buildings in this district,” said board President Larry Pollick. “We had one turned into a Ponderosa restaurant, and one was turned into a municipal building. Let’s get started and see about getting interest.”
The school board is expected to give final approval to market the building for sale at its meeting on Monday.
George Guido is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.