Produce terminal issue to go before Pittsburgh City Council

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A proposal to give the Strip District produce terminal historic designation is now before Pittsburgh City Council, which will have to vote on the matter within the next three months.

Today, a resolution to designate the building, officially known as the Pennsylvania Fruit Auction and Sales Building, a historic landmark was introduced before council. The designation would make it more difficult for developer Buncher Co. to move forward with plans to demolish part of the building.

Buncher has proposed razing 529 feet of the 1,533-foot terminal to provide access to the Allegheny River as part of its proposed $450 million housing and office project.

Council will have to hold a public hearing before it makes a determination. The building will be treated as a historic landmark until council makes its decision.

Within the last month, the historic review commission and the planning commission each voted in favor of giving the building historic designation.

The designation means that any developer that seeks to alter the building would have to submit its plans for approval to the historic review commission.

Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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