Downtown Area and WCCC

Downtown Area and WCCC

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Wow

Export, PA

#1 Mar 25, 2014
What sort of businesses would you like to see come to downtown? With the WCCC expansion, building up the downtown area makes sense. Students who travel downtown Greensburg frequent the small cafes and coffeeshops.

Since: Jan 11

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#2 Mar 25, 2014
Community college students are almost all commuters, most of them with jobs, many with families. They don't typically spend time hanging out in coffee shops. It could spur the opening of a new sandwich shop or similar, but even something like that would have to rely on more than just WCCC traffic to survive.
Opinion

New Alexandria, PA

#3 Mar 25, 2014
I disagree Moz. I think that used to be true, but with the growing expense of colleges, many students are opting for community colleges and transfers to 4 year colleges. I think it could help with more traffic, but time will tell
Wow

Johnstown, PA

#4 Mar 25, 2014
well, I guess it all depends on whether or not they have extra time in between classes. Is there commuting from a distance, they may be more likely to just hang around downtown in between classes. At least that has been the experience at the youngwood campus.
summer

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Mar 25, 2014
Wow wrote:
well, I guess it all depends on whether or not they have extra time in between classes. Is there commuting from a distance, they may be more likely to just hang around downtown in between classes. At least that has been the experience at the youngwood campus.
just curious - is there going to be any kind of cafateria or food place inside
the school?
Wow

Johnstown, PA

#6 Mar 25, 2014
summer wrote:
<quoted text> just curious - is there going to be any kind of cafateria or food place inside
the school?
I haven't heard if there will be or not.

Since: Jan 11

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#7 Mar 25, 2014
One thing to consider is that there's already a WCCC in Latrobe, less than 200 yards from where this one will be built. From the sound of it, this is an expansion, but not a major one. They were originally looking at remodeling the current building, then decided it made more sense to build a new, larger one.

Does moving those people to the other side of the bridge make a huge difference? As far as dining, there's nothing closer to the existing building except a couple of convenience store/gas stations.
Wow

Johnstown, PA

#8 Mar 25, 2014
It's still something to consider. Maybe if there was something students would venture downtown. They do frequent the gas stations and even Dunkin Donuts. So, maybe if there was something better than the art center's $8 sandwiches, they would be drawn to downtown.
Keith

Latrobe, PA

#10 Mar 25, 2014
Wow wrote:
It's still something to consider. Maybe if there was something students would venture downtown. They do frequent the gas stations and even Dunkin Donuts. So, maybe if there was something better than the art center's $8 sandwiches, they would be drawn to downtown.
I don't understand why it's of importance to you for anyone to be drawn to downtown. Do you own a business downtown? If so why?

You mention Youngwood, the main WCCC campus, I don't see that town prospering from WCCC other than Sheetz. No businesses there sprung up because of WCCC. No business opened near it.

If anything, one or two small food/coffee shops might do alright if near the new campus. But downtown Latrobe as a whole will not suddenly prosper from it. There still is nothing in downtown to draw anyone and that's not going to change any time soon.
Wow

New Alexandria, PA

#11 Mar 25, 2014
Keith wrote:
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I don't understand why it's of importance to you for anyone to be drawn to downtown. Do you own a business downtown? If so why?
You mention Youngwood, the main WCCC campus, I don't see that town prospering from WCCC other than Sheetz. No businesses there sprung up because of WCCC. No business opened near it.
If anything, one or two small food/coffee shops might do alright if near the new campus. But downtown Latrobe as a whole will not suddenly prosper from it. There still is nothing in downtown to draw anyone and that's not going to change any time soon.
It is important to me to try to build up the downtown area because it would improve the town in which I live. No, I don't have a business downtown. Although I don't understand why I would have to explain why I had one, if I did.

The last I counted there were at least a dozen places to eat in Youngwood. There are also pharmacies, The corner market, doctors, stories, a mercantile, etc. And, based on where the main campus is located it isn't surprising no business sprung up near it. That isn't the case for WCCC in Latrobe. Latanzio's building congress to mind.

I am not saying it would be a proverbial gold rush, but over time it may prove to help Latrobe grow if a few small eateries opened near the campus. And once the path from St. Vincent is completed, it may see more growth. What are your ideas for growing downtown?
Local Eatery

Assumption, IL

#12 Mar 25, 2014
Truth be told, you dont have the realistate to have an educational institute and some other type of booming business on Depot St.

The surrounding streets cant support the parking of a booming business. Nobody will walk multiple blocks when fast food, subshops, whichever includingRt30 is a 5 minute drive. Local cafe at the school would work, anything large scale is a doubtful thought.

Just my 2c.
Former student

Youngstown, OH

#13 Mar 25, 2014
Trust me. No student at WCCC Latrobe is gonna hang around. Most of those kids go in 5 mins before class, and leave right after. You only get maybe a 10 min break during class and most classes aren't scheduled so that there is a "break" between classes. And half the teachers don't allow food in class anyways. So more "dining" will have nothing to do with the students.

Good idea but not practical. It's a community college, not somewhere people are spending their day.
Keith

Latrobe, PA

#14 Mar 25, 2014
Wow wrote:
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It is important to me to try to build up the downtown area because it would improve the town in which I live. No, I don't have a business downtown. Although I don't understand why I would have to explain why I had one, if I did.
The last I counted there were at least a dozen places to eat in Youngwood. There are also pharmacies, The corner market, doctors, stories, a mercantile, etc. And, based on where the main campus is located it isn't surprising no business sprung up near it. That isn't the case for WCCC in Latrobe. Latanzio's building congress to mind.
I am not saying it would be a proverbial gold rush, but over time it may prove to help Latrobe grow if a few small eateries opened near the campus. And once the path from St. Vincent is completed, it may see more growth. What are your ideas for growing downtown?
Face facts, downtown Latrobe is dead, it's "leaders" killed it years ago. Times change, people change, it's not 1965 anymore.

When I do go downtown if it's raining or snowing I get wet, can't find a place to park. When you do and go shopping and forget about feeding the meter one minute after time runs out you have a ticket. Screw downtown. It's dead and it deserves to be dead. Nothing there I can't find at a better price and a more convenient location.

Since: Jan 11

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#15 Mar 25, 2014
No, it's certainly not 1965 anymore. But nobody "killed" downtown Latrobe. No more than anyone killed thousands of other small towns across the US. Thriving small towns today are relatively rare.
Marj

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Apr 2, 2014
If students from the new WCCC campus want to hang out at a local establishment for a cup of coffee and a sandwich, they can walk up to the Latrobe Art Center.
nutter

Latrobe, PA

#17 Apr 2, 2014
Marj wrote:
If students from the new WCCC campus want to hang out at a local establishment for a cup of coffee and a sandwich, they can walk up to the Latrobe Art Center.
Sorry, I cannot afford a $7 sandwich to go with my 3x more expensive coffee than sheetz.
Wow

Greensburg, PA

#18 Apr 2, 2014
nutter wrote:
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Sorry, I cannot afford a $7 sandwich to go with my 3x more expensive coffee than sheetz.
Amen. Bought 2 coffees and 2 sandwiches for $20.
art center

Greensburg, PA

#19 Apr 3, 2014
Upscale dining at that art center! Inspired by chef marks palate! Or something like that.
Wow

Greensburg, PA

#20 Apr 3, 2014
Crappy sandwich stuck on a panini grill with day old coffee.
Small

Nanty Glo, PA

#21 Apr 5, 2014
People seem to like small shopping centers like the one on Lincoln ave. You can buy your groceries and tobacco and get your back adjusted while you wait for your prescription to be filled and your clothes to finish drying at the laundromat .

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