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Washington County BOE officially owns former Allegheny Energy building

April 22, 2013

The Washington County Board of Education now owns approximately 44 acres and the former headquarters of Allegheny Energy along Downsville Pike.

The school board settled the $5.5 million purchase with property seller Vinayaka Missions on Monday, school system spokesman Richard Wright said.

The school system plans to move its administrative offices, now at buildings on Commonwealth Avenue and Frederick Street, to the 10435 Downsville Pike property.

The school system has already begun seeking bids or quotes on some of the work that needs to be done at the Downsville Pike property, said Rob Rollins, director of facilities planning and development.

The roof needs replacing this summer, Rollins said. School system officials have a contract with several architects for such projects and have requested quotes for the roof replacement, he said.

Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox has said he didn’t expect the phased-in move to start until December at the earliest.

Wright said the school system is not responsible for the property taxes owed on the property.

County Treasurer Todd Hershey said Monday that Vinayaka Missions still hadn’t paid the property taxes that have been due since Sept. 30, 2012. As of late March, the company owed $64,826 in base property taxes and $3,890 in interest since Oct. 1, Hershey has said.

Because that tax was for the full fiscal year and the company sold the property before June 30, the tax and interest now due on the property is $56,076.54, Hershey said.

Now that the school system owns the Downsville Pike property, that property will be exempt from property taxes and personal property taxes, Hershey said.

— Julie E. Greene

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