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Greensburg review board will revisit Sunoco, apartment building projects

| Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Sunoco officials are planning a new look for their convenience store on West Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg.

They are proposing removing illuminated awnings, adding gooseneck lights, lowering a standing sign and other revisions, Gerard Spanola of Architrave Group told a city board.

“It's what they call a refresh,” he said.

The Historic and Architectural Review Board tabled last week a vote on the proposal so Spanola could have time to give members a color rendition of the proposed changes.

Lee Calisti, an architect, Chairman Steve Gifford and other board members expressed concerns after Spanola's presentation that too many drab colors might be part of the redesign.

“We can render it up so you can see what the colors are,” Spanola replied. “If it's too drab, you can tell us that.”

In another matter, the board tabled a vote on facade changes for 136 S. Pennsylvania Ave., an apartment building.

Owner Gloverfield Properties wants to remove a second-floor awning and a third-floor balcony from the exterior of the building in the city's historic district, Jared Whitehead of East End Consulting said.

The historic district consists of downtown city buildings on sections of North and South Main streets and nearby roads, where many of the structures date back to the 1800s.

Whitehead explained the balcony needs to be addressed in the next few years for safety reasons.

The loss of the awning and balcony would reduce the historic charm of the building, board members said.

“I'm not comfortable with this particular image,” said city planning director Barbara Ciampini, who is a member of the board.

“It just needs something,” added member Lynn Armbrust, owner of Greensburg Art Supply.

Gifford suggested delaying a vote to allow more time for designers and the property owner to think of other improvements.

Whitehead said he would consider options, but added that cost is a factor.

Both the Sunoco and South Pennsylvania Avenue projects are expected to be revisted by the board in either May or June.

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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