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N.J. developer top bidder for Collier military site

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 11:46 a.m.
David Steinberger, owner of Steinberger Floors Inc. in Heidelberg, speaks with Georgiann Sekela, an Army engineer from Upper St. Clair, during a tour of the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility in Collier on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
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David Steinberger, owner of Steinberger Floors Inc. in Heidelberg, speaks with Georgiann Sekela, an Army engineer from Upper St. Clair, during a tour of the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility in Collier on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

A New Jersey-based developer is the new owner of the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility in Collier, a shuttered Army Reserve base named after a local war hero.

Paul Cusa, owner of Atlantic Office Suites in Wall, N.J., purchased the 18-acre property on Wednesday morning at auction for $580,000. The area is zoned for mixed-use development.

“He is new blood, which is good,” said Collier manager Sal Sirabella. “We're very pleased there was interest.”

Cusa was not available for comment.

There were four bidders, including local developers Craig Cozza and Jack Cargnoni.

The General Services Administration's Office of Real Property and Disposal auctioned the property, which included about a dozen buildings, in two parcels.

The base, once a Nike missile defense site, closed in 2009.

The Federal Aviation Administration will keep an 18-acre parcel that has a radar facility. The government gave 72 acres to Collier for a park, where a recreation center is set to open.

Kelly, a North Side native, won the country's top military honor for wartime heroics in and around Altavilla, Italy, in 1943. Once one of the country's most famous warriors, Kelly died in 1985 at 64 at the VA Pittsburgh hospital in Oakland.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-58120 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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