Tyrone looking at Lincoln site for park

TYRONE — Officials from Tyrone have been discussing the possibility of obtaining the vacant lot where Lincoln Elementary School once stood, so the borough can create a community park there.

The site between Lincoln and Cameron avenues at 13th Street is owned by S&A Homes, which acquired the building in 1999 when Tyrone consolidated its elementary schools.

S&A planned to turn the building into senior housing, but renovation costs and the area’s limited economic potential made the project unfeasible, which led the firm to raze it in 2008, according to reports from that time.

The ground was appraised then at $10,000, said Borough Manager Ardean Latchford at a recent Borough Council meeting.

Not long ago, Latchford and Councilman Terry Richardson met with an S&A official, who was going to ask his company superior what should be done, Latchford said.

S&A doesn’t want the borough to commit to the property, then back off, according to Richardson.

“They want a plan,” he said.

Among the possibilities for the site are a basketball court, he said.

A possible source of money to pay for the ground is a land acquisition grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Latchford said.

That would require a 50 percent match, however, Latchford said.

The project might be “a tough sell” with some council members, Latchford said.

It can be done without local taxpayer money, according to Richardson, the proposal’s main driver.

Richardson spoke of fundraising strategies that could include sale of commemorative bricks and memorial trees and benches.

Alumni of the school might be especially interested, he said.

The project might be a tough sell with some council members, Latchford said.

There’s nothing formal yet, he added.

“We know what we want to do,” Richardson said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.