Appeals court refuses to take Civic Arena case

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The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to intervene in the bid to save the Civic Arena, clearing the way for demolition to begin Monday.

In an order issued this afternoon, the court denied an emergency motion filed by Preservation Pittsburgh for an injunction pending appeal. In doing so, the court said Preservation Pittsburgh failed to show that it was likely to succeed on the merits of its appeal. The court also noted that it believed U.S. District Court Judge David S. Cercone acted correctly in throwing out the group's lawsuit seeking to block the arena razing.

With the decision, contractors for the city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority are expected to start the demolition of the 50-year-old landmark on Monday morning. Workers are expected to start by peeling off parts of the Igloo's distinctive stainless steel dome to get at the asbestos that lurks beneath it.

The full demolition is expected to take until next May. The site is being cleared for a housing, office and commercial development proposed by the Penguins.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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