Stage Right! left to find location
Exit, Stage Right!
The Westmoreland Cultural Trust has told the school for the performing arts to find a new place to sing and dance so new tenant S&T Bank can move into the trust-owned building on North Main Street in Greensburg.
“We did ask Stage Right! if they could move,” Trust President Michael Langer said. “But the key is, we gave them a series of scenarios and alternatives that would accommodate them.”
Chris Rizk-Orosz, Stage Right! executive director, described the parting as on good terms and said Trust officials this week extended the deadline to leave the Union Trust Building from late March to late May.
“We're still looking,” she said of a new site. “We were given a 60-day extension here. That kind of took the pressure off. ... The extension gives us the time to find the right place.”
She said she is looking at a South Pennsylvania Avenue property in downtown Greensburg for Stage Right!, which offers home schooling, evening and Saturday programs for about 210 children, ages 4-18 years. Money will be the big factor, she said.
Rizk-Orosz said she wants to keep the nonprofit Stage Right! in downtown Greensburg. Only a certain type of building will meet Stage Right!'s needs because of what the group does, she said.
Rob Jorgenson, S&T Bancorp Inc. senior vice president, said his company is finalizing the lease with the Trust for the property.
S&T plans to move wealth management, retail and other operations to the North Main Street building and move staff and close offices it has on South Pennsylvania Avenue in Greensburg, he said.
“We like the idea of being in downtown Greensburg,” Jorgenson said. “Westmoreland County is a big market for us, and downtown Greensburg is where we want to be.”
Stage Right! had been looking for another building, with the Trust's knowledge, and operated under a month-to-month lease for the 3,700-square-foot space, Langer said.
“Stage Right! outgrew our space,” he said. “They have done so well, they don't have space, and they were looking. ... This is an amicable separation of a tenant, and our commitment to Stage Right! is in full force.”
The Trust's theaters and other operations will remain available to Stage Right!, Langer said.
Stage Right! will remain involved in Trust-related activities, including the 2013 Hollywood Party slated for this month, Rizk-Orosz said.
Stage Right! moved to North Main Street about seven years ago, after beginning operations in 1998 in the former Advanced Furniture store in Greensburg.
S&T's lease is for eight years and offers extension options, Langer said.
S&T's willingness to have a long-term lease helped make the arrangements particularly appealing, he said.
“The money difference is relatively minimal,” Langer said in comparing Stage Right! and S&T's rents.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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