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Greensburg business gets deadline for fire systems

| Monday, June 11, 2012, 1:52 a.m.

Greensburg's zoning hearing board agreed Wednesday to give a business until January to install fire alarm and sprinkler systems.

The unanimous decision came as the board recessed a hearing yesterday for Jet One LLC for property it leases to others at 101-105 E. Pittsburgh St. The hearing is scheduled to resume Jan. 19.

Jet One and manager David Morrison were appealing a third notice of violation from the city over the business' failure to obtain an occupancy permit for the property. City officials were threatening to evict tenants from the structure, which houses two lower-level businesses and upper-floor apartments.

Jet One attorney David Tkacik told the hearing board that approximately 70 percent of the fire alarm system has been installed. An application for the sprinkler system installation is being reviewed by city officials, he added.

Greensburg officials said they have withheld Jet One's occupancy permit because the safety measures remain to be done.

The timetable to complete the work resulted after board member Patsy Iapalucci questioned when the work could be done. Les Harvey, city building code official, estimated it would take about 1 1/2 months.

Tkacik earlier called the threat of eviction "extreme" and said the removal of tenants was "beyond the scope of what planning director (Barb Ciampini) can do."

Ciampini disagreed.

Tkacik argued that city officials have not been specific in citing which ordinances or codes are requiring the renovations.

Harvey said he has been dealing with Jet One and its representatives since they bought the property in 2005. He said he has detailed regulations to Jet One and tried to work with the owners.

Most of the work for the alarm and sprinklers has happened within the past two or three weeks, Harvey added.

"It leads me to believe we've been basically ignored," he added of most of the five-year history.

Ciampini, likewise, told the hearing board that city officials have been helpful and patient with the business.

"I believe the city of Greensburg has been more than amenable," she said.

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