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Planning commission rescinds subdivision, tables Seton Hill center

| Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Greensburg's planning commission has withdrawn its approval for the subdivision of a South Main Street property.

During a recent meeting, the board rescinded its support for the subdivision of Earle Guffey's property at 245 and 247 S. Main Street.

In November, the board recommended that city council approve the subdivision on the condition that utilities for the two addresses be separated.

Guffey's property has one deed for both buildings, with a party wall separating the structures.

The panel nixed its approval at a March 25 meeting after city planner Barbara Ciampini said Guffey did not separate the utilities.

The property would have been deemed as passing requirements under state law if the planning commission did not soon rescind its approval, she added.

“The planning commission wanted to work with the property owner,” Ciampini said, citing an extension granted to Guffey.

A karate school and an attorney's office currently are on the property, as well as apartments.

Guffey, formerly owner of Johnston the Florist in Greensburg, said a few months ago that he believed the property could be sold easier if someone could buy only one of the buildings. His belief led to the request for the subdivision.

Since then, Guffey said he discovered costs to have two separate sewer taps were too much, and he changed his mind about seeking the subdivision.

“I just decided not to do it,” he said.

Guffey said he will have to reconsider how he wants to handle the buildings.

“I'm going to have to sell it as one parcel or keep it,” he said.

The commission also tabled a review of Seton Hill University's dance and visual arts center, at the university's request.

University officials, who have requested other delays in the review, want to build the 46,000-square-foot building at the intersection of West Otterman Street and College Avenue.

Students enrolled in ceramics, sculpture and other art and dance classes would use the building.

Plans for the facility include three dance studios, one with seating for about 50 people. Designers have proposed two practice studios to accommodate 10 to 25 students, along with two galleries and classrooms.

City council will have to vote on the plans being reviewed by the planning commission.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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