Seton Hill prepares for new arts center

Seton Hill University (SHU) is further expanding its campus in downtown Greensburg. Construction will soon begin on a new dance and visual arts center to be located on the corner of West Otterman Street and College Avenue.

Members of the Greensburg Council recently approved the plans for the multimillion-dollar project. Although one council member initially voted against it because of the funding, the remaining members were in full support of the plans. Greensburg Mayor Ron Silvis said he will “enthusiastically endorse this building.”

A portion of the funding for the 12-million-dollar project will possibly come from R-Cap funding out of Harrisburg. The borrowed money will eventually be paid back by taxpayers, according to councilwoman Kathleen McCormick. Though she was not in favor of this idea, she ultimately approved the decision.

 One of the conditions of the project is that PennDOT will review and approve a highway occupancy permit and that Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection will support elements of the project.

 The 46,000-square-foot building will include three dance studios and two practice studios. Another floor will house two galleries—a formal show gallery and classrooms. In total, the building is expected to hold up to 835 people. As for parking, there will be limited spots as students and faculty are advised to use the parking garage or downtown lots. The university shuttle will also periodically run past the building.

 As of January, construction is set to begin in 2014. Previous ideas for the vacant lot include a hotel, medical arts center, car wash and apartment complex.


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