Building getting an upgrade

UPGRADE — Joe Luckino, owner of Cedar One Realty, showed off the new elevator that is being installed at the Wintersville post office building, 201 Luray Drive. The upgrade will make the second floor of the building, owned by the DeCaria Brothers Rentals and managed by Cedar One, accessible for people with disabilities. -- Amy Neeley

WINTERSVILLE — A longtime Wintersville building is getting an upgrade. The post office building at 201 Luray Drive is being renovated to add an elevator, which will make the 12,000 square feet of office space located on the top floor accessible to people with disabilities.

The renovations are being overseen by Cedar One Realty, but the building is actually owned by DeCaria Brothers Rentals.

“With the current climate in the Ohio Valley, it was a good time to make it handicap accessible,” explained Joe Luckino, owner of Cedar One Realty.

According to officials, the building has not had a major upgrade since it was built in 1973. Not having the second level accessible limited the types of businesses that are able to take advantage of the space.

They said DeCaria Brothers Rentals, in conjunction with Cedar One Realty developed a plan to change that.

Steel Valley Contracting and Maintenance was hired as the general contractor to oversee the project of adding an elevator to the building

“By making this second floor handicap accessible, it will open it up to many more possibilities and attract more business. We are thrilled to be a part of the project and to manage this building. As the influx of businesses coming into town grows with the oil and gas industry, we are anticipating the need for professional office space,” Luckino and Steel Valley said in a statement.

Officials said many local sub-contractors were used, including Kayafas Architects Inc., owner Constantine “Gus” Kayafas; Vicon Construction, owner Mike Vitello; TS Electric, owner Ed Wickham; and Campion Pipe Fitting, owner Tom Campion.

Otis Elevator installed the elevator.

In addition to the elevator installation, the parking lot has been striped and re-sealed adding plenty of space for employee and consumer parking.

Luckino said the property is almost ready to be occupied. His team is simply doing “gingerbreading” on the exterior add to the appeal.

He said some drainage pipes had been replaced, and workers are waiting until the asphalt companies open for the season to patch those spots.

Luckino said the property is attractive, being just minutes from the state Route 43-U.S. Route 22 interchange.

He added the owners are willing to subdivide the space.

“(We will rent the office space) depending on what they need,” he said.

“(Cedar One) feels the DeCarias have been great to work for,” he said. “It’s good to work with people who are investing in our future. That is what puts jobs back in town.

For information contact Cedar One Realty at (740) 264-7131.


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