Greensburg development company to transform vacant S. PA Ave Building

Photo: Elise Michaux Photography

City Cribs LLC, a property development company comprised of Jeff Begonia, Suzanne Ward, Mike Ward and Tim Zontek, based in Greensburg, purchased the building at 136 S PA Avenue as an investment property.

“There are way too many vacant buildings in town and seeing the history and bones of this building, we knew it was something special,,” said Jeff Begonia “I 100% want to see this area grow, I remember in my teens and 20s how vibrant downtown was. It’s a risk to take on a large property like this but it will be worth it.”

This turn of the century structure was built in 1909 and in the heart of the downtown shopping district. Across the street from the S. PA Parklet, this beautiful building has four floors with over 4,000 square feet on each level and the opportunity for a lower level storage and parking. Previously at 136 S. PA Ave, Chuck Phillips owned Interiors by Phillips for over 30 years but has sat vacant many after that.

First floor of 136 S. PA Ave. Photo: Elise Michaux Photography

“Did you ever walk into a building and say this is the project I have been waiting for to do, this is that project,” said Tim Zontek. ‘We’re excited and have a plan in place for a new store front and apartments. We already have a couple businesses interested in the retail space and the apartments.”

City Cribs plans to transform the dormant structure into 10 apartments as part of their development project, including two, 2 bedroom units and eight, 1 bedroom units, with commercial space on the ground floor. They plan on having a few underground parking spaces and storage in the basement level. The rooftop is another area City Cribs is looking to utilize with a relaxing rooftop garden for tenants to enjoy.

“It is an amazing feeling to be a part of a project that will have a direct positive impact on our community by adding revenue, ancillary jobs, and attracting more young people to the core of Westmoreland County,” said Suzanne Ward. “I’m excited to work with the City of Greensburg and be a part of the revitalization of our downtown area.”

There’s been an influx of movement and inquires about buildings and development projects in downtown Greensburg in the last couple of months. With the RFP out for a downtown hotel, Invisible Man Brewing opening in a few months and many more things happening, South Pennsylvania Avenue and other areas will be looking different in the coming months.

“Greensburg is definitely changing,” said Mike Ward. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of this project and for the future of the city.”

City Cribs is currently going through permitting and will go before HARB (Historic & Architectural Review Board) this month for approval on their plans. They are hoping to begin construction within the next 30 days and have an occupancy permit by the end of 2019. BZ Construction is the general contractor on the project with sub contractors for electric, HVAC and plumbing, which they will be gathering quotes for.

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  • Michel Murray

    Would you be interested in a Victorian structure on N. Maple Ave in Greensburg?
    The owner is willing to deal.

  • Jill Henry

    Please look at the vacant Coshey Nicolson funeral home on Pittsburgh St. This mansion needs saved. Stunning interior woodwork & windows.
    I have no connection to this building, but it needs saved.

  • Bruce Fox

    I am definitely interested in a 1BR unit. Just what i need to return to Greensburg!!

  • George OBrien

    So excited to see other investors interested in Greensburg. Wishing everyone at City Cribs the very best and happy to help in any way as we too are investors who love Greensburg.

    George OBrien
    Progressive Property Investments

  • JoAnn Seabol

    I have an 8800 sq ft bldg with basement on otterman st with a 2800 sq fr parking lot perfect for apts. contact me at
    Bellasala@verizon net

  • Cait Morris

    I love seeing this development in Greensburg. Creating a walkable downtown will create a better environment for sustainable local businesses & the community as a whole.

  • William Hillis

    We look forward to our church ,, Zion’s Lutheran, having some new neighbors. Barb and Bill Hillis

  • Brandon

    Any thoughts on what the rent will be in these apartments?

    • admin

      We don’t have any information on that yet. But we will keep you updated once we find out!

  • Joe Eisaman

    My Parents rented an apartment there in 1920s
    I believe the first floor was Quints Market before it became Davis Market. Than it was Fish Davis Furniture before it became Phillips Interiors. Great Building

  • J.D. Yurko

    How do you find out or get a application for one of the apartments that will be available I have to give at least 3 mos notice for my place and this looks exactly what I’m looking for I already live close to town right behind Offut Field but want to be in the heart of town

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