Council OKs historic designation for N. Side building

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Pittsburgh City Council designated the former Malta Temple building in the Mexican War Streets a historic structure in a final vote today.

The preliminary vote last week provoked bitter debate and opposition from the Rev. Ricky Burgess, the councilman from Homewood, as well as the building's owners, the Salvation Army. But it breezed through today with an 8-1 vote and only the Rev. Burgess voting against.

The Salvation Army, which wants to demolish the building, is considering legal action, an official said last week.

Council also approved selling the Municipal Courts building to the state and a ban on placing fliers on publicly parked vehicles.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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