Crews from Lutterman Excavating are tearing down a vacant building at the intersection of Sinclair and Ringgold streets in McKeesport after officials said that runoff and debris were falling onto the roof of city hall.
A.J. Tedesco, the city's community development director, said Wednesday the three-story office building is being torn down under an emergency demolition order.
A one-story portion of city hall abuts the building, which once housed doctors' offices.
Allegheny County property records list the owners as a living trust set up in 1995 by Paul M. Klemencic of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Hien Thi Pham of San Jose, Calif.
According to the Allegheny County Department of Court Records, the county, city and McKeesport Area School District have filed liens against the property claiming that more than $20,000 in property taxes have gone unpaid.
The building has been vacant since at least 2012, though older phone directories list an ophthalmologist and a mental health clinic among the tenants.
(Both photos: Special to Tube City Almanac)
Originally published May 30, 2018.