TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Museum expansion get thumbs-up from city council

Inside

Latrobe council approves WCCC's plans for Laurel Education Center. B7

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has received final governmental approval for its expansion project.

On Monday, Greensburg City Council unanimously approved site and land development plans for the museum's proposed 12,500-square-foot expansion.

“I'm excited,” Judith O'Toole, museum director and CEO, said after the vote. “It's the last hurdle. The city of Greensburg has been a great partner for us.”

Rob DePasquale was the only member of council commenting on the project before the vote.

“It's very, very impressive ... and I thank you for the investment in the city,” he said.

The museum has received or will receive soon a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT and approval from the Westmoreland County Conservation District, museum and city officials said.

Only more-routine building and grading permits will be needed, Greensburg city planner Barbara Ciampini said.

“They're ready to roll,” she added.

The addition with a 60-foot cantilever is planned for the North Maple Avenue side of the museum in the $18 million project. Extensive landscaping is planned for an area to the front of the museum's main entrance.

The columns at the main door will be removed and replaced with a concrete scrim that will create a covered walkway. A keystone-shaped window will be set into the brick wall on the North Main Street side of the existing structure.

New galleries, classrooms, studios and public gathering spaces are planned.

Extensive grading will be done to the hillside in front of the main door to allow a greater view of the museum.

Museum officials have scheduled a ground breaking for July 12, with completion slated for May 2015, O'Toole said.

Museum officials wanted a design reflective of the time, O'Toole told council.

“We really wanted to see a building of the 21st century ... and a building that would invite people in,” she said.

The museum will use a temporary site for exhibiting some art and storage during construction. The site in the old Stickley furniture building on Route 30 in Unity will be called Westmoreland@rt 30.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Latrobe man who admitted role in fatal crash allowed to continue driving
  2. Westmoreland women stole thousands to finance dog show appearances
  3. Sunoco wants to rebuild station in Greensburg
  4. Sewickley Township man got food stamps, $206K in gas well royalties, investigators say
  5. Murrysville man draws on experiences in starting SAT prep academy
  6. Arnold man sentenced for armed robbery
  7. Geyer helps revive Scottdale theater that bears family name
  8. Megan’s Law offender in Greensburg arrested when girl, 13, found hiding in shower
  9. Baggaley school principal seeks volunteers to build playground
  10. North Huntingdon woman charged with threatening to burn down officer’s house
  11. Walker: Latrobe gets ready to welcome Steelers back to camp
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.