Entire block of downtown Latrobe SOLD!

Entire block of downtown Latrobe SOLD!

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HOME ALONE

Latrobe, PA

#1 Dec 6, 2011
Today, while wandering through downtown Latrobe, I noticed that an entire block of downtown Latrobe not only had been put up for sale, but had been sold!

On Depot Street between Jefferson and the Loyalhanna creek, all the buildings had "SOLD" signs on them.

while many people think this is a great coup for the redevelopment of downtown Latrobe, it is not.

This property should be nothing more than green space and parking area, since it is adjacent to the historic railroad that led to the very development of Latrobe.

The right space for WCCC, Westmoreland County Community College to build on is the block between Ligonier and Jefferson, between Depot and the alley.

This block is a horrendous design mish-mash of 6-story building from the 1920s, and 1-story buildings from the 1970s. It's UGLY and needs to be razed leaving behind only Harry Danceland building and maybe the Hope Center.

The property on each side of the railway needs to be protected as natural space, historical space, and minimally be developed into green spaces and parking spaces.

-----SHOWING OFF Latrobe's railroad will make Latrobe sharp! hip! and forward thinking!

-----HIDING Latrobe's rail lines will show the stupidity that has ruled this town for 50-years during its decline into the nothingness that it is now.
JoeK

Latrobe, PA

#2 Dec 6, 2011
I understand why you are home alone.

Since: Nov 11

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#3 Dec 7, 2011
She seems to have a train fetish. <shudder>
DerryAir

Latrobe, PA

#4 Dec 7, 2011
When was the last time a train was considered Hip and Sharp? 1822?
City Slicker

Latrobe, PA

#5 Dec 7, 2011
Many times properties are acquired with the intent of doing something with it. Some people would like to see the old trolleys running with tracks down the center of brick streets, but time moves on. If you have an idea or vision put out the money..buy it, develop it, build it - otherwise your just wishing with someone elses wallat.......

Since: Jan 11

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#6 Dec 7, 2011
They're not tearing the tracks out. They're not tearing down the train station. And they couldn't hide the train trestle over the Loyalhanna if they wanted to.

> The right space for WCCC, Westmoreland County
> Community College to build on is the block between
> Ligonier and Jefferson, between Depot and the alley.

Which is about 1/4th the size of the block where they will be developing.
lat

Irwin, PA

#7 Dec 7, 2011
I'm glad they are tearing down those old buildings and doing something with that block. The buildings were old, run down and an eyesore. That is the right area for WCCC to do something. It is close to the other campus and apparently the right size for what they want to do.

Making that area a green area or just a parking lot is just plain stupid. Leaving that area green will in no way shape or form enhance the train tracks. They are so far up on that hill and out of the way that it just doesn't make sense to "protect" it and in that particular area they are already hidden from sight for the most part. As far as pariking goes, again out of the way from downtown.
William

Latrobe, PA

#8 Dec 7, 2011
I feel bad because I am thinking the train will fall off the tracks.

Also, I am feeling bad when they replace the bridge near Dominio's and the road will be closed for over 9 months.

Think about it....when they replace that bridge, and all the traffic has to go down Lincoln Avenue....then to Hillview Avenue.......Just wait and see...it will not be pretty when you come into town from Route 30 and have to go up past the hospital just to coe back into downtown Latrobe.
William

Latrobe, PA

#9 Dec 7, 2011
Sorry.............Just to come back into the City Progressive with the new 3.8 million dollar parking garage.
class warfare

Latrobe, PA

#10 Dec 7, 2011
lat wrote:
Making that area a green area or just a parking lot is just plain stupid. Leaving that area green will in no way shape or form enhance the train tracks.
"Green spaces" are part of good city planning. Open spaces and green spaces show off historic architecture, natural boundaries, natural habitats, and generally illustrate and overall care about aesthetic details to a well-designed urban landscape.
class warfare

Latrobe, PA

#11 Dec 7, 2011
But hey, let's just take the tiniest piece of land, along the historic railroad tracks, and squeeze in an urban college campus on that fine piece of HISTORIC REAL ESTATE.

Let's let the disasters of Latrobe, stand tall and proud, like the block with the HOPE Center, and the block with the Motzart house.

-----Let's keep doing what Latrobe does so well -- ruin everything of architectural and historical significance and value!
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#12 Dec 7, 2011
class warfare wrote:
But hey, let's just take the tiniest piece of land, along the historic railroad tracks, and squeeze in an urban college campus on that fine piece of HISTORIC REAL ESTATE.
Let's let the disasters of Latrobe, stand tall and proud, like the block with the HOPE Center, and the block with the Motzart house.
-----Let's keep doing what Latrobe does so well -- ruin everything of architectural and historical significance and value!
It's called progress. You want history...go to Williamsburg VA and have the time of your life...forever.

I wish they'd level the entire town and put in something that would create jobs and a thriving neighborhood. Preserving relics just to look at ain't gonna do it. At least a WCCC campus will provide some jobs and help others find better ones.
lat

Irwin, PA

#13 Dec 7, 2011
class warfare wrote:
But hey, let's just take the tiniest piece of land, along the historic railroad tracks, and squeeze in an urban college campus on that fine piece of HISTORIC REAL ESTATE.
Let's let the disasters of Latrobe, stand tall and proud, like the block with the HOPE Center, and the block with the Motzart house.
-----Let's keep doing what Latrobe does so well -- ruin everything of architectural and historical significance and value!
Renee have you posted this on the Stricklers page yet for them to see how you really feel about that building?
class warfare

Latrobe, PA

#14 Dec 8, 2011
lat wrote:
Renee have you posted this on the Stricklers page yet for them to see how you really feel about that building?
No, but almost a year-ago, I informed the Strickler's project coordinator of the pitfalls of the building,(asbestos and black mold), the costs of remediation, then I provided him the names of seven remediation services in the SW PA area, which I did post on his wall.

You're so "out of it" and rigid.
lat

Irwin, PA

#15 Dec 8, 2011
class warfare wrote:
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No, but almost a year-ago, I informed the Strickler's project coordinator of the pitfalls of the building,(asbestos and black mold), the costs of remediation, then I provided him the names of seven remediation services in the SW PA area, which I did post on his wall.
You're so "out of it" and rigid.
Your the one that wants what she wants and wants it now and no one elses opinion matters and you call me rigid? you demand things that you have no control over and you call me rigid. You want things that are so outdated and you call me out of it? Look in the mirror lately?
Jagger

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Dec 8, 2011
lat wrote:
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Your the one that wants what she wants and wants it now and no one elses opinion matters and you call me rigid? you demand things that you have no control over and you call me rigid. You want things that are so outdated and you call me out of it? Look in the mirror lately?
Ignore her. This is just another example of the 'takers' trying to tell the 'makers' how things should be. The takers have no stake in society and they provide nothing to society.....they only take from society.

Ignore or ridicule the takers, but for God's sake, don't take their ideas seriously. After all, if their ideas had merit, the takers wouldn't actually be takers, but makers.
lat

Irwin, PA

#17 Dec 8, 2011
Jagger wrote:
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Ignore her. This is just another example of the 'takers' trying to tell the 'makers' how things should be. The takers have no stake in society and they provide nothing to society.....they only take from society.
Ignore or ridicule the takers, but for God's sake, don't take their ideas seriously. After all, if their ideas had merit, the takers wouldn't actually be takers, but makers.
You are compelely right!
elder warfare

Latrobe, PA

#18 Dec 8, 2011
Jagger wrote:
Ignore or ridicule the takers, but for God's sake, don't take their ideas seriously.
And certainly don't participate in their threads!
elder warfare

Latrobe, PA

#19 Dec 8, 2011
lat wrote:
You want things that are so outdated and you call me out of it?
Latrobe's 1970s revitalization was all about modernizing Latrobe -- at the expense of some pretty magnificent buildings, which, if still standing, and rehabbed, would have kept downtown Latrobe a beautiful place, a vibrant place, well-suited for continuous updating.

As it stand now, few buildings of architectural significance remain, and what once was is long-gone, and what is planned is frankly, stupid, given the expanse of destitution in downtown Latrobe, and the planned itsy-bitsy little strip of development along a railroad track.

Way to go Latrobe -- leave the crap standing, ruin the historical site of the railroad, and don't build anything grand or original in the "heart" of the downtown area.

-----smoosh the one little project of hope and light, WCCC, right up against the tracks, the same way that nimrod Warren Marckioni advocated for the development of f-in ugly RITE AID and Family Video on prime pieces of historic real estate.

Just bull-doze all of Latrobe, downtown, plant some flowers, set up a nice grave-marker,

"here was once a vibrant downtown area that was killed by the imbeciles of Latrobe's City Council, over 50-years"

and put the money to better use!
lat

Irwin, PA

#20 Dec 8, 2011
elder warfare wrote:
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Latrobe's 1970s revitalization was all about modernizing Latrobe -- at the expense of some pretty magnificent buildings, which, if still standing, and rehabbed, would have kept downtown Latrobe a beautiful place, a vibrant place, well-suited for continuous updating.
As it stand now, few buildings of architectural significance remain, and what once was is long-gone, and what is planned is frankly, stupid, given the expanse of destitution in downtown Latrobe, and the planned itsy-bitsy little strip of development along a railroad track.
Way to go Latrobe -- leave the crap standing, ruin the historical site of the railroad, and don't build anything grand or original in the "heart" of the downtown area.
-----smoosh the one little project of hope and light, WCCC, right up against the tracks, the same way that nimrod Warren Marckioni advocated for the development of f-in ugly RITE AID and Family Video on prime pieces of historic real estate.
Just bull-doze all of Latrobe, downtown, plant some flowers, set up a nice grave-marker,
"here was once a vibrant downtown area that was killed by the imbeciles of Latrobe's City Council, over 50-years"
and put the money to better use!
Out with the old in with the new and that includes you too!!!

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