Pittsburgh URA approves Civic Arena deal changes in 3-2 vote

Pittsburgh URA approves Civic Arena deal changes in 3-2 vote

A deal to rework the Civic Arena agreement between the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins was confirmed with three changes by the Urban Redevelopment Authority Wednesday afternoon, with one vote to spare. 

In a 3-2 decision, the board of the URA passed the deal, reached last week, to remove a $15 million option payment to the Penguins that created an incentive for the National Hockey League team to a sit on the 28 barren acres that connect the Hill District and Downtown. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Peduto, Penguins closer to resolution of former Civic Arena site

Peduto, Penguins closer to resolution of former Civic Arena site

Over a lunch of Italian sandwiches Tuesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto drew more concessions from the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Civic Arena site then had been drawn in the past decade.

“I think we’ll be able to get through this now in 24 hours,” Peduto said of a process that has befuddled the city and residents alike since 2007.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh asking local developers to propose sites for potential Amazon headquarters

Pittsburgh asking local developers to propose sites for potential Amazon headquarters

In a competitive, nationwide bid to land Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County leaders are calling on area developers to submit their best sites.

Amazon HQ2 Team Pittsburgh has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest, seeking potential sites in the Greater Pittsburgh area to include in their formal response to Amazon’s request for proposals for a second headquarters. 

Friday, September 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Councilwoman wants to see development slow down in the Strip District

Legislation that calls for certain city-owned properties to be sold to Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for $1 a piece was the topic of Wednesday’s Finance and Law Committee of City Council. 

The proposed sale of twelve specified properties to the URA comes with the goal of returning those properties back to the tax rolls to generate revenue for the city budget and using the sales proceeds to generate funding for the city’s facilities maintenance fund. 

The 12 properties set to be sold include parking lots and empty buildings in Hazelwood, Downtown, Uptown and the Strip District. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Public to get a say on properties poised for redevelopment

Pittsburgh City Council has voted to allow for a public hearing to take place on legislation that calls for certain city-owned properties to be sold to Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for $1 a piece. 

According to the legislation, each sale the URA makes of twelve specified properties, 80 percent will be deposited into a facilities maintenance fund to pay for improvements to other city-owned properties.

Kevin Acklin, Chief of Staff to Mayor Peduto and board member of the URA said the goals of the legislation are twofold: returning these properties to the tax rolls to generate revenue for the city budget and using the sales proceeds to generate funding for the city’s facilities maintenance fund.

“These particular properties were either little used or were in need of major upgrades that would be exceedingly expensive for the city to maintain," Acklin said.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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