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Work ready to begin on downtown parking lots

| Friday, May 4, 2012, 7:47 a.m.

Greensburg council cleared the way Monday for work to begin on three new downtown parking lots.

"We're hoping to start demolition in two to four weeks, but that all depends on the weather," said Mayor Karl Eisaman.

A $1.34 million contract was awarded to Ligonier Construction Co., of Laughlintown, to demolish buildings on the site lots and to pave the lots.

The need for additional downtown parking arose from the planned construction of a state office building on North Main Street, about one block from the Westmoreland County Courthouse. According to Eisaman, the city has a contract with the state to create 265 parking spaces to be leased to state employees. An additional 111 spots are part of the plan.

Seton Hill University is hoping to build an arts center downtown.

The Moore lot will be between West Otterman and West Pittsburgh Streets, near the Greater Greensburg Sewage Authority building. The Seton Hill Drive lot will be located near the Verizon office, and the St. Clair lot will be behind the Robertshaw Amphitheater near a city parking area.

The lots will have 376 spaces -- 139 at Seton Hill Drive, 159 at Moore and 78 at St. Clair Park.

City Council approved site plans for a private parking lot at 232 West Otterman Street. The lot, owned by Tim Henry, will provide 17 parking spaces.

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