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Owner poised to sell South Main property

| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 8:59 p.m.
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
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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.