400 more parking spaces to open at former Civic Arena site
Beginning Wednesday, drivers will be able to park on a freshly paved lot on the former site of the Civic Arena in the Hill District, across from Consol Energy Center.
About 400 spaces will be available initially. An additional 400 spaces will become available in the next few weeks as workers complete paving and line painting. The Pittsburgh Penguins will operate the lots as extensions of parking areas frequented by commuters, concert-goers and sports fans.
The Penguins have the exclusive right to develop a 28-acre site centered on the arena’s former footprint over a 10-year period. The 10-year time period begins a year after the parking lot opens. Team officials have said parking lot spaces will disappear gradually as they develop the site. The Penguins plan to build a mix of office buildings, housing and retail and entertainment establishments.
Parking prices will mirror those in place for daily, commuter parking: $7 in the North and South lots and $6 in the East lot; and for Penguins game-day parking, $20.
The lot was scheduled to open in early August, but heavy rain and unforeseen underground concrete slowed progress. Demolition of the arena finished in late spring. The city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority owns the site. Its board of directors in June authorized spending $543,000 to create the parking lot.
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