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Council forges ahead on arts center for Seton Hill

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

Greensburg City Council is moving forward with plans for a new Seton Hill University Dance and Visual Arts Center, even as another city board wants more information about how the center will operate.

During a meeting on Tuesday, council members said they will introduce an ordinance to vacate an alley over which the proposed center will be built at West Otterman Street and College Avenue.

The alley runs parallel to College Avenue.

Council will vote on giving the alley to Seton Hill next month.

In late January, the city's planning commission tabled consideration of Seton Hill's plans until a Feb. 25 meeting. Commission members said they need to know more about how the 46,000-square-foot building will function, including traffic flow.

Members wanted more information about how garbage will be picked up, how students will be dropped off via shuttles and how deliveries will be made.

State officials have earmarked $6 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds, known as R-Cap funds, for the center.

Greensburg is serving as the sponsoring agency because Seton Hill is a private university. University officials must put up an amount equal to the sum from the state.

The facility will have two galleries, two practice dance studios and a larger dance studio, plus classrooms, based on the planning commission discussion.

University officials have not revealed a cost estimate for the project.

They want to begin using the building in late summer of 2014.

Greensburg and Seton Hill used taxpayer funding from the state to help build the arts center at the corner of West Otterman Street and Harrison Avenue.

The new facility will be separated from the arts center, which opened in 2009, by the iconic Otterbein United Methodist Church.

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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