Pitcairn apartment building evacuated when concrete falls from exterior
Residents of a Pitcairn apartment building that was evacuated when a portion of the exterior collapsed won’t be allowed back in until borough officials grant permission, the borough’s mayor said on Saturday.
“It will have to be inspected by borough engineers,” Mayor Betsy Stevick said.
The borough ordered about 30 residents of Young Hotel to leave the Broadway Boulevard building on Friday evening. Concrete fell from the exterior about 6 p.m., emergency dispatchers said.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross housed 14 people through early Saturday evening in the borough’s Fire Company No. 1 station on Center Avenue, spokesman Kevin Brown said, while other residents found alternate housing. The shelter was closed when building owner Don Young said he’d house residents in a nearby building that he owns in the borough.
Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services was also working to place residents, Brown said.
Young was making repairs to the building on Saturday, and he said he hoped it could reopen on Monday if it passed an engineering inspection.
It’s the second time in nearly two years that the building abruptly closed. In August 2012, an Allegheny County judge ordered the building evacuated because building inspectors said the hotel’s alarm system wasn’t working. Court records indicated repair work continued for nearly a month before borough officials were satisfied the building was safe.
Trib Total Media photographer Emily Harger contributed. Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.