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Indiana eyesore to be demolished

Indiana County commissioners awarded a $22,500 contract Wednesday to demolish an old high school regarded as an eyesore and safety hazard.

The former Commodore High School in Green Township is centrally located in the village and hasn’t been used as a school since the 1970s. It was used for residential and commercial purposes from then until some time in the 1980s.

A fire gutted the building several years ago, and Commissioner Randy Degenkolb said that caused a safety hazard. Bricks can be heard falling inside the three-story building, he said.

Alternative Demolition & Hauling, of Northern Cambria, Cambria County, will be paid to remove the building and other materials on the property. The county will pay Alternative using Community Development Block Grant funds from 1998.

Degenkolb said eminent domain issues prevented the county from tearing down the building earlier. The township and county were about halfway through the process of acquiring the property from the known owner when officials realized there was a second owner and had to start a second process.

“A lot of people will be happy when (the structure) is gone,” said Commissioner Bernie Smith.

“It’s a tremendous eyesore” as well as dangerous, Degenkolb said. “Some young people tend to want to hang out there.”

After the building is torn down, the ground will be filled in and the property will made into a park. The land is perfect for a park, Degenkolb said, because it has an existing surrounding wall and steps.

“It will be a beautiful park for the town,” Degenkolb said.

Also at the meeting, commissioners approved several change orders on the renovation project at the courthouse annex building at 801 Water St. The change orders totaled about 8 percent of the original cost, revising cost amounts to $294,247 for the general construction, plumbing, electrical and cabling contracts.

The changes will be paid for using project fund sources already allocated.

Commissioners also agreed to a completion date extension for the mechanical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning contracts to Nov. 30. County planner Nick Rado said employees may be able to move back onto the first floor by next week.


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