Penguins to break ground on arena next week
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The Penguins and local and state officials will break ground next week on the $290 million arena.
Gov. Ed Rendell broke the news during an appearance in Pittsburgh to announcement the award of money for bridge repairs and other economic development projects.
The ground breaking will take place at 11 a.m. August 14 at the arena site bordered by Fifth Avenue, Washington Place and Centre Avenue. Mr. Rendell is expected to attend, along with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Penguins and other public officials.
The Penguins are hoping to begin construction in earnest by fall and expect to have the facility completed in time for the start of the 2010-2011 hockey season.
Mr. Rendell was at the county courthouse to announce that $93 million would be spent over the next year or so to repair 30 bridges in Allegheny County considered structurally deficient. Mr. Rendell said none of the bridges are in danger of failure at this point.
He also announced the award of $1.47 million to Aetna Inc. to expand its customer service operations and pharmacy call center in Green Tree, a project that will add 360 jobs while retaining abouty 375. PPG Architectural Finishes also received $141,000 in grants and tax credits to relocate customer services operations from Florida and Kentucky to the Pittsburgh area and $125,000 to Haemonetics to expand its Leetsdale manufacturing operations.
First Published August 5, 2008 5:09 pm