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Seton Hill won't manage new apartment project for student housing in city

Jacob Tierney
| Saturday, May 30, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Construction is underway on a 27-unit student housing complex in Greensburg, but a change of plans means Seton Hill University will not manage the apartments as once expected.

The project on College Avenue is on track to be finished by the fall semester. Originally, Seton Hill planned to lease the building from developers Greensburg Property Partners LLC.

“We're not part of that project anymore,” said university spokeswoman Jennifer Reeger.

College officials did not go into specifics, but a statement from Reeger said the plan changed during negotiations.

“As a result of issues with financing on the part of the developer, the developer expressed to Seton Hill its preference to proceed with the project without the university as the master leaseholder,” she said.

It is unclear whether Greensburg Property Partners will maintain the apartments itself, or if a third party will pick up the lease. So far there is no website or phone number where prospective renters can get information, and the rates are still unknown.

Phone calls and emails to Greensburg Property Partners officials Nate Morgan, Deanna Seruga and Daniel Berkowitz were not immediately answered Friday.

However, the apartment complex is still on track to be finished by Aug. 1 said project engineer Dan Boyle, of Autumn Sun Construction in Champion.

“We got the (Historic and Architectural Review Board) approval, we've just been cruising since then,” he said.

Work on the foundation has been ongoing since early May, and will likely continue for the next few weeks, Boyle said.

Everything is in place for Autumn Sun to receive its construction permit soon to begin work on the steel beams. This will probably start in about a month, Boyle said.

The apartments themselves are being constructed modularly, off-site, at a factory in Clarion County. Once they are transported to the complex they can be assembled within a few days.

Five houses were demolished and an alley was vacated to make way for the apartment complex, which is adjacent to the Seton Hill Dance and Visual Arts Center that's under construction.

The three-story brick residence will house about 57 students when it is finished.

Jacob Tierney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6646 or jtierney@tribweb.com.

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