Owner poised to sell South Main property
By Michele Stewardson
Published: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
Greensburg's planning commission unanimously approved this month plans for the subdivision of the property at 245 and 247 S. Main St.
The one-story retail and three-story office property, located in the Gateway District, is owned by Earle Guffey, who previously owned Johnston the Florist, which was housed in one of the buildings.
Bob Deglau of Irwin-based Allstate Mapping and Land Surveying, who prepared the plans, represented Guffey at the meeting.
“It's one deed with two buildings with a party wall separating the two,” said Deglau. “In order to sell one property, it has to divide the deed.”
Council approved the plans as submitted, contingent on the separation of sewer and water lines within a reasonable period of time.
Planning Director Barbara Ciampini said Guffey has the right to waive the 90-day period to receive more time.
Guffey has already hired a plumber and contacted the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County for water service, Deglau told the commission.
Guffey owned Johnson the Florist's Greensburg location, among other branches. His sons own it now. The current greenhouse and main offices operate from a 136-acre farm in North Huntington.
The florist has not been housed out of South Main Street for at least four years. Currently, there are a karate school and attorney's offices on the property.
In a telephone interview after the meeting, Guffey said he asked for the subdivision because he is preparing to sell the parcel and it might be easier to sell if someone can buy only one of the properties.
“Nobody has any money today,” said Guffey, who has owned the property for 25 years. “A lot of people would like to buy it but they can't.”
Michele Stewardson is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Voice of Hempfield’ departs with Class of 2014
- Greensburg roads will be smoothed with new paver
- Board scrutinizes safety in Greensburg Salem’s schools