Shell work on building at Ford City heritage park to commence |

Shell work on building at Ford City heritage park to commence

FORD CITY — Now that the remediation and partial demolition of the Shop 2 building in the borough’s Heritage and Technology Park is completed, work is about to begin on the building’s shell.

At the Greater Ford City Community Development Corp.’s public meeting Tuesday, executive director Kim Petrie announced plans for the next step of the project — the shell improvements phase.

The $1.4 million project includes the construction of the roof, brick wall paneling, windows and doors. Kusevich Contracting is the contractor. The contract is to be completed by January 2004.

Petrie said the contractor will be on site this week.

“We’re happy to get started (on this phase),” Petrie said.

In addition, Petrie gave the board an update on the Ford Street re-bricking project. The CDC has secured funding through the Armstrong County Community Development Block Grant funding in the amount of $151,600 and has made application through the county to the Appalachian Regional Commission in the amount of $115,000, Petrie said.

Donna Kornasiewicz reported on grant funding. The borough has received near or at 100 percent of the money through state and federal grants to complete construction of the foundry building and remediate the Shop 2 building, according to Kornasiewicz. About 68 percent of the $3 million for those projects through the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program has been received to date.

“We’re in good shape,” Kornasiewicz said.

In other business, the board of directors approved the appointment of John Gray to the board.

Gray, a Manor Township businessman, replaces David Knepshield as the representative selected by Manor Township. Knepshield recently resigned from the board.

The board approved creating an escrow account in connection with a contract dispute and lawsuit filed against the corporation by Mackin Engineering, a former contractor for the borough’s business park.

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