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Review of Seton Hill arts center set back

| Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Seton Hill University official asked Greensburg's planning commission on Monday to delay a review of a proposed dance and visual arts center until next month.

“We felt ... we should move it back to next month's meeting if possible,” Charles O'Neil said. “We don't have all the answers to your questions.”

The commission unanimously postponed discussion of the project until its March 25 meeting.

Last month, the commission tabled a vote on the project until this month so university officials could address several questions board members asked during the Jan. 28 meeting.

Members wanted an estimate on the number of students who would use the 46,000-square-foot building proposed for the intersection of West Otterman Street and College Avenue.

They questioned how traffic would flow near the building. Members asked about how trash would be picked up, how students would be dropped off via shuttles and how deliveries would be made.

In addition, they wanted to know how people with physical limitations would gain access to the building.

Students enrolled in ceramics, sculpture and other art and dance classes would use the building, based on last month's discussion.

The facility is planned to have three dance studios, one of which will be a semi-performance space seating about 50 people. Two practice studios that will be used by 10 to 25 students are planned.

The building is proposed to have two galleries, including a formal one, and classrooms.

City council could vote as soon as next month to convey an alley to Seton Hill over which the center would sit. The alley runs parallel to College Avenue.

University officials have not divulged a cost for the building.

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

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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