Overview of Greensburg, Pennsylvania

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Description of Greensburg

Greensburg is a city in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Also the seat of the county, it is part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area and is a major academic, cultural, business and tourism center in Western Pennsylvania. Its history dates back to the establishment of an inn built after the Revolutionary War on a wagon trail stretching from Philadelphia to Fort Pitt (now Pittsburgh). The settlement of Newtown grew shortly after around the inn.

In 1785, it became the county seat of Westmoreland County. On December 10th of the same year, Christopher Turby and William Jack were contracted by county officials to buy two acres of land in Newtown to erect public buildings. The first building that was developed in the town was a courthouse and jail built of heavy planks and logs. The area was soon renamed Greenburg for American Revolutionary War Major General of the Continental Army Nathanael Greene. On February 9, 1799, Greensburg was incorporated as the first borough of the county.

Greensburg didn't begin growing until the mid to late-1800s with the discovery of soft coal nearby. The borough became the center of a mining industry, making ways for more inns and small businesses to establish in the area. On January 2, 1928, the status of Greensburg was changed to a City of the Third Class. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,892 people.

Seton Hill University

Seton Hill University was established by the Sisters of Charity in 1885. It is named after Elizabeth Ann Seton – a woman canonized as the first native-born saint in the U.S. and the founder of the Sisters of Charity. The private Catholic university was opened as St. Joseph's Academy and became a four-year woman's college in 1918. In 2002, it officially because a coeducation university with an enrollment of around 2,200 students. The university is home to six schools. This includes Humanities, Education & Applied Social Sciences, Natural & Health Sciences, Business, and Visual & Performing Arts.

Greengate Centre

Greengate Centre is a 430,000 square feet open-air power center just west of Greensburg. Opened in 2005 at the site of the former Greengate Mall, the retail space feature over 45 stores and restaurants. Its anchor stores are Ross Dress for Less, Walmart, Petco, and Jo-Ann Fabrics. Other tenants include:

  • Five Below
  • Oshkosh B'gosh
  • Verizon Wireless
  • GameStop
  • General Nutrition Centers
  • Lane Bryant
  • Panera Bread
  • Starbucks
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Bres
  • Chili's Grill & Bar

The shopping center is owned and managed by The Kroenke Group of Columbia, Missouri.

Westmoreland Mall

Located just to the east of Greensburg, near the Greensburg Business District, is Westmoreland Mall. Constructed in 1977 by developer Adam Eidemiller, Inc. and The Goodman Company, it is owned and managed by CBL Properties. The two-level, enclosed super-regional shopping and casino complex is home to seven anchor stores and over 170 stores and services. Its anchor stores are Macy's, Macy's Home, Macy's Backstage, JCPenny, H&M, Old Navy and Live! Casino Pittsburgh. The mall is the third-largest shopping complex in Western Pennsylvania and the largest mall between Lancester and Pittsburg, based on square footage.

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