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July 10, 2014

Sanitation authority buys former restaurant

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Sanitation Authority plans to move its office to the former Hudson Lunch building.

Richard Christofer, authority executive director, said the board approved the purchase of the property at the corner of East Washington and Mercer streets for $135,000 from Paul Lynch.

Christofer said the former restaurant has “much more usable space” than the authority’s current office, which is next door.

The building has approximately 3,800 square feet, compared to about 1,700 square feet at the authority’s current site, he said, adding, “We’re running out of room.”

The inside of the former restaurant has been gutted, the ceilings have been steam cleaned and the restrooms are being made handicapped accessible, he said.

The authority also is seeking bids for replacement of the roof.

Christofer said the authority plans to move its office in September.

He noted customers will have access to the parking lot in the rear of the building.

As for the present office, he said, “Our plans are to sell our building or lease it.”

The restaurant closed in March 2009. It reopened last year under different management, but closed after a few months.

The owner of the Red Hot Restaurant in Ellwood City expressed interest to city officials in December in operating the Hudson Lunch, but the plan did not come to fruition.

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)

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