Pittsburgh City Council OKs zoning change for Strip District proposal

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Despite a last-minute plea from member Patrick Dowd, Pittsburgh City Council today approved the creation of a special zoning district for Buncher Co.'s proposed Strip District development.

Mr. Dowd argued against the legislation, partly because it would allow the developer to have private, gated drives on part of the 55-acre Riverfront Landing development.

It also calls for buffers of 70 or 75 feet between the Allegheny River and Buncher buildings -- far less than the 95-foot buffer that Mr. Dowd and the nonprofit Riverlife requested.

"This is a mistake," Mr. Dowd said before council voted 5-4 to pass the legislation.

Voting no were Mr. Dowd, Bruce Kraus, Bill Peduto and Natalia Rudiak. Voting yes were council President Darlene Harris and members Ricky Burgess, Theresa Kail-Smith, R. Daniel Lavelle and Corey O'Connor.

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