• Group recommends demolition of 3 buildings on North Side block


    As the North Side continues to grow and rebuild, a familiar sight could soon change, something residents we spoke with have been waiting for.

    “Pool room downstairs, other things on top. A bar,” said Pete Hawkins.

    Hawkins has fond memories of the three buildings that are part of what’s commonly known as the Garden City Theater block on North Avenue.

    For years, they've sat empty, with no prospects in sight.

    On Monday night, the Allegheny City Central Association voted to recommend demolition. The recommendation will now go before the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.

    Hawkins approves of the plan.

    “It’s more parking spots for someone trying to get business down here, or more housing,” he said.


    The reaction Channel 11 got from residents Tuesday was surprise, and in Keith Abercrombie’s case, impatience.

    “I say yes, tear them down. It’s kind of an eyesore,” he said.

    Redevelopment plans have come and gone for two decades, but nothing has panned out. Abercrombie is hopeful this time around that will change.

    “Other than apartments, I would like to see some type of educational spot. Something that’s positive,” he said.

    The URA hasn’t given any indication on when it will decide the fate of the buildings.


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