Univeristy purchases downtown building

Building 131 used to house a Verizon Call Center. Photo courtesy of the Tribune Review.
Building 131 used to house a Verizon Call Center. Photo courtesy of the Tribune Review.

Seton Hill University (SHU) announced the purchase of a building along College Ave on April 25.  The building was formerly used as a call center for the Verizon Company.

The building is approximately 58,000 square feet, and three stories tall. It will be known as building “131.” According to the university and the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds, the property was purchased for $1.1 million. The money reportedly came from private financing.

“When this property in the City became available – just across College Avenue from our main hilltop campus – it provided us a great opportunity to enhance the University’s entrance, expand the University’s presence in downtown and create additional visibility and access for a number of Seton Hill programs and essential activities,” said Bibiana Boerio, interim president in a press release from the university.

SHU programs including the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, entrepreneurial programs and women’s business programs are expected to relocate to 131. An extension of campus police and safety will also use some of the space. The space is expected to begin use in the fall.

“Seton Hill plans to renovate our new building to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff as well as the greater community,” Boerio said. “We believe that along with Seton Hill’s other downtown Greensburg facilities – the Performing Arts Center and the Dance and Visual Arts Center now under construction – this building reaffirms our commitment both to our mission of educating our students and helping the economic and cultural development of the City.”

The addition of 131 continues the university’s plan of expanding the campus into downtown Greensburg.


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