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Pittsburgh Penguins announce plans for former Civic Arena site

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins announced new development plans Friday for the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District.

The new plans include housing, retail, offices, a music and food venues and a public park.

A new development team, Buccini/Pollin Group, will oversee commercial deployment.  Intergen, a local minority-owned business, will lead the residential development.


The project is expected to create 4,000 construction and 3,000 permanent jobs and generate $25 million in annual tax revenues, officials said in a release.

Construction on some parts of the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2019.

The 28-acre site next to PPG Paints Arena has been vacant since 2010, when the Civic Arena was torn down.

A spokesperson for the Hill District sent WPXI the following statement:

"The Hill District community is ready to see the Lower Hill District development move forward. We are eager to see the development advance through the formal community review process at the Development Review Panel ( which will assure that the development meets the stated goals of the community plan and community agreement.  Once that is complete, the plans will be submitted to the City of Pittsburgh Planning Dept for regulatory approval.  There has been much more collaboration with this Plan, and we are excited by the potential of partnership.  Launching a development that aligns with the entire Hill District community is a long held hope for residents and stakeholders, and we are eager to work with this new development team as they move towards this new vision. Relative to the community review process, we will post meeting dates and information on our Facebook /myhilldistrict, and at"

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