Carnegie is planning to raze the building known to most residents as the Pucci Apartments, 12 Third St., near Chartiers Creek and the boundary with Scott.
Action to approve a $49,170 demolition contract with Schaaf Excavating Contractors was approved Monday, but not unanimously.
Councilman Robert Veres voted no, and council member Carol Covi indicated her displeasure even though she went along with the demolition. "We have spent $75,000 on a piece of property on the creek," she complained, to which Mr. Veres added that the borough doesn't own the two properties that adjoin it.
But others said there are good reasons to tear down the building, which has been vacant for years and was involved in the 2004 Hurricane Ivan flooding.
"That property would sit there indefinitely," said council President Rick D'Loss, to which council member Susan Demko noted it is an eyesore that will take away from the Tri-Community Revitalization project involving the borough, Scott and Heidelberg.
Mayor Jack Kobistek agreed the building needs to come down, though he thought the original owners should have done it. Taxes were owed on it, too, he added.
Councilman Mike Sarsfield said the site could become a permit parking lot that would generate money for the borough. He also said officials are working to obtain the adjoining pieces of property.
The building, known by its distinct yellow paint, was purchased by the borough at a November sheriff's sale.neigh_west
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.