Woodland Hills postpones decision on sale of administration building

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The Woodland Hills school board tonight postponed a plan to sell the current administrative building in Churchill to Trek Development and relocate its offices to the redevelopment on the site of the former UPMC Braddock hospital.

The board voted unanimously to hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 to discuss the sale of the property at 2430 Greensburg Pike.

The plan would demolish the Churchill building and erect at least 48 units of senior housing on the site.

Board members expressed concerns about losing the property and paying rent in the long term.

"I think this property should stay with the Woodland Hills School District for future use," board member Robert Tomasic said, also citing concerns about excluding other potential buyers.

Board member Tara Reis called the Churchill property an asset and said renting would be a liability.

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and council President Tina Doose told the board they strongly support the plan. Ms. Doose noted that the redevelopment on the former UPMC Braddock site will include new housing -- which means new families and new students for the district.

"As we grow Braddock, we grow the district," she said.

After the Jan. 23 meeting, the board will decide whether to take a vote on the sale of the property. That vote would happen at a meeting sometime in early February, board President Regis Driscoll said.

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Annie Siebert: asiebert@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1613. Twitter: @AnnieSiebert.


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