Remember When: 1999

Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 6:03 AM

In the news this week 20 years ago:

• Sewickley Council’s zoning board turned down a variance request from Lee Ligo, an architect involved in a plan to redevelop Maple Manor, a Colonial Revival-style home at 44 Beaver St. The building had been used as a multi-family rental property by the previous owner, but the zoning board cited borough code which stated that any multi-family dwelling in an R-1 zoned district must revert to single-family usage after a 12-month lapse in usage. The previous owner had tenants until 1997.

The building was in disrepair and Ligo’s proposal would have converted the structure into condominiums while maintaining its original footprint. Neighbors of the property sought legal representation to prevent the variance’s approval. The home has since changed hands several times and is currently owned by a property management company.

• The recent switch from RD (now RR ‘Rural Road’) addresses and box numbers to street addresses necessitated updates to Sewickley Hills Borough’s emergency response systems. Borough employees matched the new street records with Allegheny County’s records to ensure a prompt and accurate response from first responders.

• Quaker Valley School District, in collaboration with Sewickley Academy, scheduled a slate of programs in celebration of Black History Month. The month’s events included an exhibition of photographs by Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris and Gordon Parks accompanied by artwork created by students based on their study of the works of Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold and Langston Hughes.

• Attorney Ron Francis announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination to represent the First District on the newly-formed Allegheny County Council. Francis went on to win the election and served on the council until 2006.

Melanie Linn Gutowski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.