Pittsburgh-area commercial dry cleaner set to move to New Kensington
A Pittsburgh-area dry cleaning business owner has bought a vacant property along Fifth Avenue in order to relocate in New Kensington.
Abdul-Rasheed Nasir of Munhall has received city council's approval to buy a building between Eazer's Restaurant and J.J.'s Country Tavern in the 600 block.
Nasir said his business, 24-7 Cleaning, is a commercial dry cleaning operation whose clients include a TGI Friday's restaurant and two Double Wide Grill restaurants.
The building he intends to buy from the Westmoreland County tax claim repository formerly housed Superior Microfilms, which transferred paper records and documents to microfilm.
City Clerk Dennis Scarpiniti said the property was owned by the late Jesse and Sidney Guido, who also operated the business.
Scarpiniti said that Nasir is buying the property for $995, and since it is in the tax repository it will be free of any delinquent local real estate taxes and liens.
Although the city doesn't receive the money for the property, Mayor Tom Guzzo said city council's approval is part of the process.
Nasir said he has not been inside the building and does not know what it contains.
Neither has Pat McGrath, city code enforcement officer. McGrath said there could be documents and records inside that might have to be disposed of.
However, he said that could be problematic if they include confidential material such as medical records.
“I don't know who would have the responsibility for that,” Scarpiniti said.
That point aside, Nasir could not tell city officials how long it will take for his business to move and start operations since he doesn't know the building's condition.
He said he has been paying $1,500 a month rent at his current location in Pittsburgh and said it seemed to make more sense to buy a building to house his business.
He said he intends to live in the apartment space above it.
“I can pay rent anywhere, but I'd rather be in New Ken,” Nasir said. “New Ken seems to be improved.”
Tom Yerace is a freelance writer.