East Hills Shopping Center sheriff's sale postponed

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The proposed sheriff's sale of the former East Hills Shopping Center property has been postponed until April 1.

The sale had been scheduled for Monday. The 44-acre site is owned by Petra Ministries, which operates a church in a former discount store. The church's development wing, Operation Nehemiah, has been trying to redevelop the rest of the site for more than 12 years.

First Commonwealth Bank asked for the sheriff's sale last week, claiming Petra defaulted on $2.2 million it owes the bank.

A Common Pleas judge signed a court order this week agreeing to postpone the sale based on a motion filed by Petra that claims the church has found a developer to "purchase, invest, redevelop and otherwise be involved" in revamping the site.

Petra officials couldn't be reached for comment Friday on those plans. The majority of the site is in Penn Hills with small slices in Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh.

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