Norwin OKs tax-free timeline for potential office site

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Contracting firm Clayco will pay no taxes to Norwin School District or North Huntingdon for five years if it buys property near the Lincoln Hills housing development. Clayco is expected to purchase the 14- to 15-acre tract from developer Donald Tarosky.

The Norwin school board created a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance District, LERTA, on Monday night, giving the firm a 100 percent tax abatement from the district for the five years. North Huntingdon commissioners also approved tax abatement for the property unanimously at their February voting meeting.

Mr. Tarosky said Clayco will build one office building of about 70,000 square feet on the site. He said he had agreed not to identify the tenant.  However, Clayco  builds offices for Express Scripts mail order pharmacy.

Al Wagner, code enforcement officer in North Versailles, said Express Scripts told the firm’s 700 North Versailles employees they will be moving to a North Huntingdon facility. Mr. Wagner said the groundbreaking for the new Express Scripts building in North Huntingdon will be in June.

North Versailles officials are not happy to see the company move to Westmoreland County.

Mr. Wagner said the township offered Express Scripts better financial incentives than those offered by North Huntingdon, but company officials wouldn’t speak to North Versailles about the offer.

• In other matters, the board voted to hire Lauren Czapor of North Huntingdon as the new girls varsity soccer coach, and Brian O’Neil tobe the next principal of Hillcrest Intermediate School, starting July 1.

Hillcrest Intermediate principal Rosemarie Dvorchak will retire at the endof the school year.

Anne Cloonan, freelance writer:

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