Real estate executive Mark Schneider killed in bike crash
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A real estate development executive who helped to chart the landscape of Pittsburgh has died as a result of a bicycle crash in Maryland.
An avid cyclist, Mark C. Schneider, 55, was not long into a 200-mile ride that began Saturday morning in Frederick, Md., when his cycle crashed, according to his longtime friend and business partner, John Watson.
Mr. Watson and Mr. Schneider are principals in Fourth River Development, a real estate firm located at Washington's Landing. They had worked together at The Rubinoff Co., a real estate firm, until they and Sally Flinn founded Fourth River in 2006.
Details about the accident were not immediately available. Mr. Watson said Mr. Schneider, who lived in the city's Point Breeze neighborhood, had embarked on the bicycle trip with his son, Max, early Saturday.
"They were about 30 miles into it when something happened. We're not sure what," Mr. Watson said.
Projects he was involved with included the redevelopment of Washington's Landing and the development of Summerset at Frick Park.
Mr. Schneider has played an important role in the region's development scene. He served as chairman of the Sports & Exhibition Authority and the Stadium Authority and was a key figure in development of Heinz Field, PNC Park and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. He also was a board member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, a 10-county regional planning agency.
Pirates play-by-play announcer Greg Brown mentioned Mr. Schneider's death today during the radio broadcast of the game with the Houston Astros. Mr. Brown called Mr. Schneider "a great friend" of the Pirates and mentioned his key role in the construction of PNC Park. He was "a good guy ... terrible news," Mr. Brown told listeners.
First Published July 29, 2012 2:53 pm