Eagle Park Changes Hands, Welcomes Manager Who Spent Her 1987 Freshman Year in Dorm

“After 25 years of service, we would like to formally announce our new ownership group, BIA Property Management of Pittsburgh,” said a March 26 Facebook announcement.

Ron Wilshire

Ron Wilshire

Published April 1, 2024 12:45 am
Last Updated: April 2, 2024 10:38 am
Eagle Park Changes Hands, Welcomes  Manager Who Spent Her 1987 Freshman Year in Dorm

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – In 1987, Sandy Falsetti spent her first year living away from home as a freshman at Forest Manor dormitory at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Thirty-seven years later, she returned to her old dormitory, now remodeled as Eagle Park Apartments, and took on a new role as property manager.

“After 25 years of service, we would like to formally announce our new ownership group, BIA Property Management of Pittsburgh,” stated a March 26 Facebook announcement. “Thank you to Jay Kumar for all he has done to create such a great atmosphere in Clarion.”

Kumar, also a Clarion alumnus,  opened Eagle Park Apartments in the Fall of 1999, starting a renovation of the complex from a dormitory into apartments. Always a privately owned building, Forest Manor opened as a dormitory in 1968.

“My boss, Tom Bianco of BIA Property Management, bought the building on March 8, and we’re just upgrading as we go,” Falsetti said. “He discussed that he would buy the building, and I excitedly told him it’s my alma mater.

“I have profound ties to this place, which has a strong meaning in my heart. I want to ensure that the people here have just as good memories as I do.

“I would like them to feel like this is home to them and a sense of community. I want to offer things that bring people together and out of their rooms,  get to know each other, and make it feel like a big family.”

Eagle Apartments also caters to working professionals in addition to students and includes single rooms, some double rooms, and two-bedroom apartments. Falsetti said there are also three different sizes of studio apartments, and some renovation is taking place on the second floor of one of the buildings to make more one-bedroom apartments.

“We’re trying to upgrade as we go,” Falsetti continued. “It’s a big undertaking, and it’s going to be pretty snazzy by the time we’re all done.”

One idea is a mini movie theater at Eagle Park since Clarion no longer has a movie theater on campus or off.

Another upgrade is building a stress relief room or Zen room where residents can go and use massage chairs.

Eagle Apartments will continue offering a shuttle bus to campus.

According to Falsetti, BIA has managed all kinds of rentals, and the staff is getting ready for the end of the semester.

“There’s a big transition when the semester ends, and then new people come in, so this is new to Tom and me because our leases were usually for one year, and this is a little bit of a change-up.

“There’s a learning curve, but I think we’ve got a perfect handle on it.”

The building has certainly changed since Sandy first enrolled as a freshman and lived there from 1987 to 1988, graduating in 1991. Forest Manor was designated a freshman dormitory, with girls living in one tower and boys in the other. Although all sorts of living arrangements are now available, as a dormitory, it only offered the traditional grouping of toilet and shower facilities.

Sandy majored in Biology and was a Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority member, but she always had a soft spot for Forest Manor and now Eagle Apartments.


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