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MWCDC prepares for sale of Prospect School

 

July 22, 2008



"Deal or No Deal" is a popular TV game show.

Members of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation are hoping that potential bidders enthusiastically opt for "Deal" when asked to buy or develop the closed Prospect School.

MWCDC program manager Greg Panza revealed the time table for the bidding process at the monthly forum meeting July 17.

On August 1 potential bidders who have expressed an interest in Prospect will be notified by letter that the building and site are up for sale. On August 3 there will be a public advertisement so others can also bid.

Those interested bidders will be offered an opportunity to tour the facility on September 4 and 5. MWCDC representatives will be on hand to explain what types of uses they prefer and which uses the community feels are inappropriate.

There will be a bidders' conference on September 23, a time for questions to be answered. The MWCDC representatives will discuss a detailed plan regarding uses they favor.

Bids are due on October 14. The school board is expected to vote on accepting a bid on October 22.

"We will be given a lot of opportunities to tell them what we would like to see there," Mr. Panza said.

"You'll never find a building built as well as that school is," board president Frank Valenta said.

During a general discussion members said the building should not be hard to sell since asbestos has been removed and the building has not deteriorated. It has two theaters and a swimming pool. However, the boiler needs replaced and there isn't air conditioning or elevators.

Mr. Panza said a movie is being filmed at the Prospect building in a couple of weeks.

Executive Director Chris Beichner said if anyone has any ideas for use of the building they can contact him or Mr. Panza at 412-481-3220.

Gigi Saladna, a representative, of the Mayor's Office, attended the meeting. "I'm here to listen, to hear what you like or dislike."

One concern was that the city has removed three Grandview Avenue parking spaces near the Marmont condo complex. The spaces were removed, restored after some complaints and removed again.

"If the city changes the flow of parking and traffic they owe it to the residents to tell them about it," Mr. Valenta said.

Another concern residents had was over the recent murder in a neighborhood bar. The community had experienced problems like parking changes before but a murder is a rarity, an elderly resident said.

Still another concern: "In Zone Three we only have four police cars. We need 30," Mr. Valenta said.

The organization is having a membership drive in August. Those interested in joining can call the MWCDC at 412 481-3220.

 

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