Lansford garage repair loan of $ 600,000 – Times News Online


Posted on October 25, 2021 at 2:45 p.m.

Lansford is working to secure funding for the construction of a new borough garage.

Council members met last week to approve a loan application from the US Department of Agriculture.

If approved, the loan of $ 600,000, at 2.15%, would be used for the construction of a new borough garage on Dock Street.

“It’s a great place. You won’t wake anyone up in the middle of the night. You won’t hear anything happening there, ”said Council Chairman Bruce Markovich.

The borough wants a new building on a property it recently acquired from Silberline Corp. The garage would be located on a 1.5 acre site adjacent to the Lansford Coaldale Joint Water Authority garage.

The Borough Road Team is currently using a building on the property that dates back to 1872. Markovich said the Borough had considered renovating the building for permanent use as a garage, but determined the cost would be higher than that of a new building.

Borough officials hope that the loan of $ 600,000 and an existing gambling grant of $ 160,000 will be sufficient to cover the cost of the project. Earlier this year, engineers estimated the cost at $ 1 million. These plans will be reduced for the final project. Current plans call for a 7,200 square foot building.

“We will be restructuring this new building to reduce costs,” Markovich said.

Markovich said he was optimistic about the borough’s approval for the loan, paving the way for construction to take place sometime in 2022.

The borough work team has not had a permanent home since the Department of Labor and Industry ruled the former Spring Street garage unfit for occupation in 2018.

The borough recently moved into the building on the Silberline property. Markovich said the site is useful as a temporary home.

Before that, they had rented a garage on rue Bertsch.

Council has already heard from potential tenants interested in renting the building they are currently using. Renting the building would generate income to help repay the USDA loan.

Markovich said he hopes activity at the site will lead to possible future developments on other sections of the Silberline property.

“We hope this will show people that they can locate more buildings on these sites than we have there,” he said.

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