Randy Satz and Sherry Kai are hoping to avoid the demolition of their newly-purchased building, the former Gray Goose along Allegheny River Boulevard in Verona.
On Tuesday, Kai addressed borough council and said she'd like to submit a work plan and schedule to fix problems that are causing code violations.
On March 12, they received a demolition notice from borough code enforcement officer Mark Stanton deeming the building unsafe. The former restaurant has been vacant for many years. According to the letter, they have 30 days (from the date on the letter) to file an appeal with Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Satz and Kai bought the building last year, and they currently own the Hula Bar along East Railroad Avenue.
Kai said she spoke with Stanton, who said he has yet to file an order with Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. She said she was under the impression that she needed to clear things up with council before moving forward with a plan to sumit a work schedule versus taking the issue to court.
Councilwoman Rhoda Gemellas-Worf should have had their structural engineer send a letter to the borough explaining that the building was not a hazard nine months ago.
"The key is to get it up to code," she said.
Borough council members said they aren't qualified to make any decision regarding the building given that they don't have background in code enforcement, so they suggested that Stanton attend the next council meeting to come to a solution.