The Beaver County Board of Commissioners won’t be purchasing a building that sits adjacent to the courthouse. Chairman Tony Amadio and Commissioner Joe Spanik refused to support a proposal to acquire the property made by Republican Commissioner Dennis Nichols at yesterday’s public meeting.
The property located at 804 Turnpike Street formerly housed the law offices of Reed, Luce, Tosh, Wolford and Douglass. The building was largely gutted by a fire back in April 2011. In August of 2012, the Commissioners voted unanimously to get an appraisal of the building.
The sales price of the property would have been just over $350,000 which would have included demolition costs of the structure.
Commissioner Nichols had argued the purchase price of the land would have been a modest investment for the county that could have allowed for future expansion of the courthouse. Amadio and Spanik said the county already had a long list of necessary capital investments that required funding and knew of no need to put an addition onto the building.
The property had become a contentious issue in the county, with Commissioners Spanik and Nichols publicly exchanging accusations about possible kickbacks and other improprieties (“Joe Spanik Calls Out Commissioner Nichols & Treasurer Connie Javens“, “Op-Ed: Commissioner Nichols Responds To Commissioner Spanik Interview“).