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Brewery's wastewater treatment project advances

| Sunday, June 10, 2012, 12:42 p.m.

Latrobe's planning commission Tuesday approved preliminary plans for City Brewing's proposed $7.5 million wastewater treatment facility.

The plant, which will go on a 100-by-130 foot parcel, will sit along the intersection of Jefferson and 33rd streets. It will consist of six tanks, with the biggest measuring 31 feet in diameter and standing 40 feet high, said Bob Dengler, project manager for Gannett Fleming, a Pittsburgh-based engineering consulting firm.

Wastewater that flows through pipes along Loyalhanna Creek will be fed into new pipes tied in to the tanks. Water will then be sent through a tank from the bottom where it will then be treated, Dengler said.

Pending final approval at the March 14 city council meeting, Dengler said, bids will be opened in April with hopes of starting the project in June.

"The goal is to have the plant treating wastewater by June 2012," he said.

To make room for the facility, the commission approved preliminary plans to move a 40-by-20-foot church from the property to an open lot about 1,000 feet away.

The commission and city council approved last month a proposal to split a 266-by-100-foot piece of land on Oak Street into two smaller parcels, one of which will house St. Stephen's AME Church.

City Brewing will pay for the move to a 134-by-100 foot plot as well as the addition of a 32-by-20-foot extension to the church that will be used for banquets and special meetings.

City Brewing controller Zack Mazzoni said the brewery will pay for new vinyl siding on the church, which has about eight members, to match that of the banquet hall.

Mazzoni said the members of the church were more than willing to cooperate with the move, which is expected to take place in mid-April.

"There weren't any negotiations or convincing. We came up with the idea, and they accepted it right off the bat," Mazzoni said. "It works out for everyone. The site is close for us, and they probably don't want to have service next to an industrial area."

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