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City Council OK’s Demolition Contract

Seven buildings to come down under $264K proposal

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
September 03, 2021
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

The effort to clear blighted buildings from the city’s Downtown continues.

At Wednesday’s meeting, McKeesport City Council unanimously awarded a $264,000 contract to Advanced Builders, Inc., to demolish commercial buildings at 903, 907 and 911 Fifth Ave., and 1013 and 1017 Fifth Ave.; 328 Sixth Ave.; and 422 Shaw Ave.

City officials said the demolition is part of Phase I of the McKeesport Downtown Blight Remediation Program.

Work will include asbestos removal, demolition, disposal and excavation “to provide a cleared and mowable lot.”

In other business, residents Martha Ryle and Harold Allen presented council with a mural for City Hall.

The 14-by-12-foot mural consists of several photographs, all featuring McKeesport residents.

“We’ve been working on the mural for two years. We have a one-year commitment to display it at City Hall. It’s like a giant bumper sticker,” Ryle said.

The mural will be unveiled at City Hall at 10 a.m. Sep. 25.

The council also unanimously approved:

• Designating Oct. 1 through Oct. 10 as “RAD”ical Days in the City of McKeesport, recognizing that the county’s Regional Asset District funds Renziehausen Park and other facilities serving the city

• Amending the Steel Valley Authority’s articles so that there are fewer members on the board of directors;

• Approving reverse subdivision requests for Thomas and Marcy Bowman and Peter and Sondra Cherepko;

• Increasing the licensing or permit fee for excavating or filling land, stripping top soil, changing natural grades and contours, obstructing the natural flow of water, regulating certain types of fill, and banning the dumping or accumulation of waste materials.

Originally published September 03, 2021.

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