Deadline nears for challenge to arena master plan

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The One Hill Community Benefits Agreement Coalition has scheduled a press conference for 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, which coincides with the deadline for challenging the City Planning Commission's approval of the master plan for a new arena.

One Hill spokeswoman Jennifer England would not say whether the coalition plans to appeal the master plan approval. "We're keeping all our options open," she said. "Nothing's been taken off the table."

One Hill wants guaranteed benefits to accrue to the Hill District as part of the development of a new arena to be built and operated by the Penguins.

There has been little progress in talks among the coalition, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh since the Planning Commission appoved the master plan on Jan. 14. The city Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Penguins agreed to contribute $1 million each toward development of a grocery store in the neighborhood, but other demands remain unmet.

Pittsburgh City Council today scheduled a public hearing on the issue for March 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chamber.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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