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Answers Available to #1 Cochran Questions

Written answers to questions asked about the #1 Cochran business proposal were posted this week.

At last week's informational meeting about , Dormont Borough manager Jeff Naftal said written answers to questions asked at the meeting would be posted publicly.

This week, the borough delivered. A document posted on the home page of the Dormont Borough website details answers to questions asked by borough residents and business owners regarding the .

To find the document on the borough website, click here. The document also is attached to this article as a PDF fie.

Answers to the following questions are provided in the attached document:

  • Why is keeping 28 spaces in Lot #1 not feasible?
  • Have we (the borough) done a parking study?
  • Would the parking on Lot #8 be completed before Lot #1 is closed?
  • Did the Borough entertain other offers for Lot #1 in addition to the offer from #1 Cochran?
  • Why can’t we get grants like Mt. Lebanon?
  • Why can’t #1 Cochran build a garage instead of street level parking so that there is no loss of parking to the Borough?
  • If we do have limited spaces for a period of time, will the Borough step up meter enforcement to ensure spaces are available for patrons?
  • What about using the parking lot of the former beer distributor for additional parking?

The next Dormont Council meeting is Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in on Hillsdale Avenue.

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DSA August 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Sounds to me like Cochran's running this show. There's a lack of backbone on Council right now, someone needs to stand up to these guys.
Ed M August 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I can't open the PDF.
Erin Faulk August 23, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Ed M—email me and I will try emailing you a copy of the document.
Dormonster August 24, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I was just driving down West Liberty about an hour ago and there were maybe 4 or 5 free spots in the parking lot. I think that there should be photographs to accompany the parking study because I find their results hard to believe. That lot is almost always filled at night and especially weekend nights. If council votes in favor of this they are making a huge mistake. This is only going to upset other business owners in Dormont and force them out. Dormont right now is thriving and selling this lot to anyone is just going to result in empty storefronts. I understand that building a garage is expensive for #1 Cochran, but are we as Dormont residents supposed to feel bad for them? It was their decision to have their business in that location.
Heather Schmidt August 24, 2012 at 02:36 PM
It would be very interesting to see how much Cochran pays each year in their merchantile taxes (% of gross profits) in the townships that are home rule communities. I would assume that they save quite a substantial amount of money by being in Dormont where they do not have to pay a merchantile tax. They should pay for the parking garage to be built so that we do not lose our local businesses.

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