Former Steelers center Chukky Okobi's efforts to hold parties under a tent at his Mansion at Maple Heights bed and breakfast in Shadyside has been stymied in the latest decision of a three-year legal battle that began with the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2011.
In order for the tent to be permitted, it had to be part of a sideline business, not the main bed and breakfast.
Mr. Okobi's legal team argued that the bed and breakfast was the primary business and that the tent was an accessory to it. The board originally said it was not and Mr. Okobi appealed to the Court of Common Pleas.
There, the board's decision was reversed and attorneys for the plaintiffs -- two nearby residents who complained about the amplified music from the parties and traffic generated by the parties -- appealed to Commonwealth Court.
That court remanded the case back to the zoning board for more evidence.
The board's decision Aug. 8 was that the catered outdoor parties under the tent are the primary revenue that carries the bed and breakfast and again denied use of the tent.
Mr. Okobi's attorneys could not be reached to see if they will appeal again.
Mr. Okobi also faces a separate lawsuit brought by a man he left with a concussion and pleaded guilty to harrassing in a Station Square bar in August 2012.
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