- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—It sounded like a great idea: Repurposing CamTran’s former operations center to develop a new generation of business leaders.

But the 122-year-old former trolley barns will have to find another purpose, said Ed Cernic Jr., chairman of the Cambria County Transit Authority.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has informed CamTran it would not take ownership of the barns, Cernic said.

“We’ve been officially notified they are not interested,” Cernic said.

The CamTran board is preparing to name a real estate agent to help market the building for sale, he said.

Proposals will be evaluated for possible award at the Aug. 28 meeting.

Although the university has never acknowledged its interest in the facilities, Cernic said it is looking for a location in the city of Johnstown for an expansion of its business program.

“We met with UPJ,” Cernic said last month. “They toured the building. They are looking at what kind of funding they would need.”

Turning the buildings over to a university would bypass some of the regulations required to sell the property on the open market, Cernic added.

CamTran Executive Director Rose Lucey-Knoll the buildings continue to have value.

“Just because it doesn’t work for transit anymore, doesn’t mean it won’t work for something else,” Lucey-Noll said.

While working toward putting the property on the market, CamTran continues in discussion with some other agencies, and will talk with city officials as well. The city is using the building for some storage purposes, she said.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.

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