The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

January 20, 2013

Parking garage fix-up bids due Feb. 14

SHARON — As downtown Sharon’s facelift gets under way this spring, the rundown parking garage will get an overhaul as well.

Last week the city advertised for contractors to bid on the job to renovate the garage at Vine and Pitt Streets. Bids are due by Feb. 14.

The garage is sparsely used and in disrepair and a $531,000 grant will be used to fix it up. The money was originally earmarked to build a pedestrian bridge across the Shenango River.

Officials in 2010 announced the plan to rehab the garage, which was controversial when it was built in the mid-1970s. It opened in 1976 and has been trashed by vandals and undermaintained in  years past.

The update of the garage is tied to several other grants and projects and had to be done to get those off the ground, officials have said. Upgrades will include new lighting, surfacing, handicap-accessible restrooms and entrances and security features.

City leaders looked at alternatives, including tearing the garage down; doing that has a price tag of $750,000. They also considered disassembling it in pieces and moving it, but engineers said it wasn’t feasible.

It cost the city about $2 million to buy the land and build the garage in 1974 and after a bond refinancing in 1994 officials said the total interest and principal would be about $6 million by 2014, when it was supposed to be paid off.

In 2002, the bonds that paid for the garage were rolled in with others taken out over the years and the city still owes $5 million on that debt.

Those bonds will mature in 2026, Andrejchak said, and are capital appreciation bonds that cannot be refinanced again.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Police: Kids in car were OK

    The mother of two young children was drunk and passed out when police found them all in a car parked along a city street, Sharon police said.

    July 29, 2014

  • To talk – or not – about police

    The mysterious agenda item, “No. 10,” at Farrell’s council meeting Monday became the center of a heated workshop and business session.

    July 29, 2014

  • Community thanks its first-responders

    Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.

    July 28, 2014

  • Drilling boom challenges state inspectors

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kidds Mill Covered Bridge A span of time

    Four generations of the Cadman family have enjoyed the Kidds Mill Covered Bridge, which is in Pymatuning Township near where the family’s ancestral farm is located.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Intruder hurts woman, takes $5

    A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.

    July 27, 2014

  • national night out March against crime set for Aug. 5

    At the last Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission meeting, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. presented the number of incidents for each of the four communities in May.

    Farrell topped out at 819.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • high street trail Peaceful pathways

    History buffs and picnickers in the Shenango Valley won’t have to drive to Sharpsville to hang out at the old Erie Canal extension lock. They’ll soon have the option to walk or roll in on bicycles and even powered chairs to visit Canal Park near the outflow of Shenango Dam.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • balloonquest1 Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years

    Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from July 26, 2014

    Man faces bomb threat charges

    June building tops $4 million in Hermitage

    July 26, 2014

  • Elderly man survives plane crash

    An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • Dontae Rashad Pinkins Man arrested for April gunfight

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing changed in starving case

    The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.

    July 26, 2014

  • Schell working on mural Drawn to Mexico

    Jason Schell probably is not exaggerating when he says that millions of people have seen his art.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Farrell man, 24, arrested on warrant in connection with April shooting

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April shootout in Sharon.


    Pinkins, 24, of Farrell, is in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond on gun charges.

    Additional details to follow.
     

    July 25, 2014