'Lively' banners to add a touch of color to downtown Greensburg
By Bob Stiles
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Seton Hill University students put on display this week brightly colored images of a vibrant downtown Greensburg for use in vacant storefront windows, as banners and for a park.
The Historic and Architectural Review Board recommended Tuesday that city council approve the storefront displays and two images going on columns at the small park on South Pennsylvania Avenue.
The board plans to give some more review to the students' banner proposals. The banners are scheduled to go up in 2014.
“I think they're as good as anything I've seen in Pittsburgh,” said board member Marc Scurci, a former art teacher who owns an interior design business.
Students get valuable real-life experience through the project and contribute to their community, said Sister Mary Kay Neff, a graphic-design professor at the university.
“It's a service-oriented project for the students and they're able to practice what they've learned in the classroom and work with a client,” she said.
Students Molly Folmer of Freedom, Brittany Allen of Jeannette, David “D.J.” Beckage of Murrysville, Maggie Ozzello of Jeannette, Chris DeMichiei of Gibsonia, Jess Adams of Irwin and MaRissa Boros of White Oak presented designs to be used on vacant storefront windows.
Each used bright colors and incorporated words such as “Dynamic” and “Invigorating” in their designs.
“We thought that described Greensburg perfectly,” DeMichiei said of his team's word — “lively.”
The vinyl images will be placed on vacant windows near the Westmoreland County Courthouse and can be easily removed when a new tenant takes over, said Steve Gifford, chairman of the city board.
“The intent is to add vibrant elements to the downtown streetscape and keep the public from seeing into the vacant storefronts,” said Gifford, who is executive director of Greensburg Community Development Corp.
Boros, Ozzello and senior Katie Fleming of Greensburg presented banner designs for city poles in the shopping and cultural districts.
Junior Emily Franicola of Darragh designed two panels to go on two columns at the parklet.
She said she incorporated what she saw looking out the windows of the university's visual arts studio on South Pennsylvania Avenue and images of noted Greensburg attractions in her two renditions.
In other matters, the board:
• Recommended city council approve a brick-and-glass elevator tower planned near the main entrance to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Hospital officials are proposing the elevator to move patients from the intensive care and surgical recovery units, where additional renovations are planned.
• Approved awning signs for S&T Trust's move into the Union Trust Building on North Main Street and a widening of a door to meet federal regulations.
• Approved a window sign for Greensburg Auto Tag and Notary, 116 E. Pittsburgh.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or email@example.com.
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.
- Greensburg roads will be smoothed with new paver
- ‘Voice of Hempfield’ departs with Class of 2014
- Board scrutinizes safety in Greensburg Salem’s schools
- Family seeking the miracle of a living donor