Conemaugh denies care center plans exist

Cresson Borough engineer says plans have been reviewed

CRESSON — While borough officials spoke Monday about progress toward the construction of a local outpatient medical center, a day later, a spokeswoman for the alleged development denied that a specific plan for the building exists.

Stu Sibold, the borough’s engineer, addressed council members Monday, providing an update on an “outpatient care center by Conemaugh Health Systems.”

The project was first announced by Borough Council President Michael Zabinsky Jr. in June.

He said then that Conemaugh officials were in the process of purchasing a car wash and adjacent building at Second Street and Liberty Avenue.

The car wash is next to an existing Conemaugh Physician Group building at 815 Second St.

Zabinsky said Conemaugh planned to demolish that existing building, as well as the car wash. A new building would then be constructed in that footprint, he said.

“It’s probably going to be a couple months before they get back to us with some final sketches and drawings of it,” Zabinsky said in June. “Everything will be on hold until then.”

At that time, a Conemaugh spokeswoman said she could not provide information about the proposed development.

The same was true Tuesday, when she said no construction plans exist.

“I can confirm that we are looking to purchase property in Cresson,” she said.

On Monday, Sibold told those gathered at a meeting that an original set of plans for the building was submitted in August and they have been reviewed, with comments issued to the developer.

He then asked council members to comment on whether they’d like to prohibit parking along Second Street in front of the proposed development.

“That’s the way it is now,” he said.

Zabinsky indicated that he’d like to keep it that way.

“To my knowledge, there has never been any parking there,” Zabinsky said of the stretch of Second Street from Liberty Avenue to Laurel Avenue. “And it will stay that way.”

Contractors should then be asked to apply yellow paint to the curb along that stretch and to put up no-parking signs, Sibold said.

The project has on-site parking, Sibold said.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.

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