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New owner of Anchor Glass site to subdivide the property

| Thursday, March 18, 2010

The new owner of the former Anchor Glass Container plant told area officials and residents he plans to demolish the entire plant — except its warehouse — then subdivide the property.

Anchor, which opened its Fayette County plant in 1941, suddenly shut down in November 2004, leaving more than 300 people unemployed.

Tom Sipes of Tom Sipes Demolition, Monaca, purchased the South Connellsville property in February for $225,000. He has since been meeting with borough and county officials concerning his plans for property.

Yesterday, Sipes told the crowd of local leaders, representatives from county organizations and members of the public that he is selling items inside the facility. He plans to begin demolition of the plant within three to four weeks.

Sipes said the demolition will involve leveling the site all the way to the 175,000-square-foot warehouse, leaving 20 acres of flat landscape. He then plans to create three subdivisions of the entire property.

He added that he is now in the process of selling one of the subdivisions to an interested party but could not go into the details.

Sipes said he has prospective buyers for the warehouse and wanted the people attending the meeting to know that he does not plan on having people store chemicals or any other sort of hazardous material in the building; he said he will let borough officials know what businesses are interested in the properties so he can see what best suits the borough's needs.

"I'm not looking to scrap something out and leave," Sipes said. "I haven't done that before, and I'm not going to do it now."

South Connellsville Mayor Peter Casini said he looked into projects involving Sipes and CB Richard Ellis, a large commercial realtor looking for potential businesses for the area, and said both have come highly recommended.

"Thank you for your commitment and support to South Connellsville and the Fayette County area," said Fayette County Commissioner Vincent Zapotosky, one of the three county commissioners who attended the meeting.

Also attending were representatives from Tim Mahoney's office, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, South Connellsville Borough Council as well as the borough's street department and borough residents.

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