Appeals, Nos. 21, 22 and 23, May T., 1963, from order of The Building and Loan Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, June 28, 1962, in cases of The First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Bellevue v. Robert L. Myers, Jr., Secretary of Banking, The Building and Loan Board and Economy Savings and Loan Association of Greater Pittsburgh, Home Building and Loan Association of Bellevue v. Same, and Greater Bellevue Building and Loan Association v. Same. Order affirmed.
William H. Markus, with him Gilbert E. Morcroft, for appellants.
Frederic G. Antoun, Deputy Attorney General, with him David Stahl, Attorney General, for Secretary of Banking and Commonwealth, appellees.
M. L. Moore, Jr., with him J. R. Van Kirk, and Tener, Van Kirk, Wolf, Moore and Forsyth, for Economy Savings and Loan Association, appellee.
Before Bell, C. J., Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, Eagen, O'brien and Roberts, JJ.
OPINION BY MR. CHIEF JUSTICE BELL
The Building and Loan Board approved the application of The Economy Savings and Loan Association of Greater Pittsburgh to move its principal office a distance of 2 1/2 miles from 1433 Woods Run Avenue, in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, to 683 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue Borough, in the same County. The Association does not plan to retain its present office as a branch office - hence no question of a branch office is involved. The application was opposed by three Building and Loan Associations whose offices were in the neighborhood of 683 Lincoln Avenue.
The Building and Loan Board, after an investigation, held a hearing at which the protestants were given an opportunity to present evidence and arguments against the proposed application. We note parenthetically that the owners of 33,347 shares voted to approve a change of location and the owners of only
shares voted against. The Building and Loan Board (a) made findings of fact and concluded, inter alia, that the applicant had satisfied all the relevant provisions of the Building and Loan Code of 1933, as amended in 1955 and in 1959,*fn* and (b) approved Economy's application for a change of location. The three protestants thereupon took this appeal.
Section 203.1 B of the Building and Loan Code provides: "... With the prior approval of the department and the Building and Loan Board, and thereafter, by an amendment to its articles in the regular manner provided by this act, it [an association] may also change its principal place of business to any city, borough or township in the same county of its principal place of business or in a county contiguous to the county of its principal place of business."*fn**
The Building and Loan Code was further amended and supplemented by the Act of September 23, 1959, which added, after Section 13, a new section reading: "Section 14. Exercise of Powers. - Whenever the department or any board thereof is required or authorized by this act to approve or disapprove any action of an association under its supervision, or to exercise any authority or power conferred upon it by this Act in addition to any other standards provided for the exercise of such discretion by this ...