GCDC Accomplishments

 

 

  1. GCDC and the City Planning Department facilitated the assembly of the land for the Seton Hill University Arts Center.

 

 

 

 

2. GCDC secured the land and convinced a developer to build the 27 unit, $5.2 million Breakstone Apartments at 112 College Avenue

 

 

 

 

3. Launched the inaugural Greensburg Restaurant week – a week-long celebration of Greensburg’s diverse restaurant scene

 

 

4. GCDC facilitated the acquisition and the development of LaRose Lofts on Main Street into new apartments and street level retail space.

 

 

 

 

5. GCDC purchased vacant properties at the 2nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue corner for redevelopment to a tenant’s retail specifications and to upgrade the appearance of this retail corner.

 

 

 

 

6. GCDC assembled site information and with the County’s Land Bank secured commitment from Keystone Integrated Care to build a new secured commitment from Keystone Integrated Care to build a new (Westmoreland County’s only) medical marijuana dispensing building and parking at the corner of East Pittsburgh Street and Urania Avenue.

 

 

 

 

7. GCDC facilitated the joint agreement of the Greensburg-Salem School District, Westmoreland County and City of Greensburg to LERTA, a 10 year tax abatement program to incentivize developers to build new and renovate older properties within the city. Developers committing to the project donate a portion of their abated tax to a fund enabling the purchase and upgrade of older properties within the city.

To learn more about the LERTA program, click here.

 

 

 

 

8. As an extension of the LERTA program, GCDC created the Greensburg Revitalization Fund (G-Fund) Grant Program to assist with revitalization efforts of the City of Greensburg. Click here to read more about G-Fund Grant Program.

 

 

 

 

 

9. For nearly 50 years, the GCDC through state and local programs has provided matching grant façade, storefront, sign upgrade and improvement grants to businesses and property owners to support improvement grants to businesses and property owners to support retail marketing, streetscape appearance and building upgrade initiatives. In 2019, three projects leveraged over $1 million of private investment in Downtown Greensburg.

 

 

 

 

10. GCDC, through its inventory of property for lease and for sale assists businesses and entrepreneurs (22 in 2015) in finding and leasing storefront and office space

 

 

 

 

11. GCDC publishes its monthly electronic newsletter, Think Greensburg, to promote Greensburg business, dining, and cultural activities. The newsletter reaches over 6,000 contacts, including all businesses within the 15601 zip code as well as mid to high-end developers, contractors, and architects within a 40-mile radius of 15601.

 

 

 

12. GCDC promotes business activity and streetscape attractiveness through the sale and maintenance of 90 artistic advertising banners mounted on business district light poles.

 

 

 

 

13. GCDC developed South Pennsylvania Avenue Nature Park across from Zion Lutheran Church in 1990. This park is still enjoyed by pedestrians and enhances streetscape beautification.

 

 

 

14. GCDC, supported by the state’s Main Street Manager’s program, collaborated with the city to place overhead electric and lighting service underground, erect decorative street lamps (later expanded to all downtown streets), installed new brick bordered sidewalks, upgraded facades and storefronts with matching grant investments and increased parking space availability by instituting angle parking the Pennsylvania Avenue 2nd Street retail district.