• Vote Wednesday could help clear way for controversial $50 million project in East Liberty


    EAST LIBERTY, Pa. - Pittsburgh City Council is preparing to give the final vote needed to push ahead a project to redevelop the site of the former Penn Plaza Apartments in East Liberty.

    The $50 million project, which has seen pushback from former residents and city officials, was given the green light in February by the City Planning Commission.

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    Residents are worried about the impact the nine-story building for office and retail space would have on congestion, traffic and affordable housing in the area.

    Former residents of the Penn Plaza Apartments fear the project is a money grab that will continue to force people out of the area and leave them homeless.

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    City council is set to answer questions about housing concerns Wednesday, when a preliminary vote on the project will take place. A final vote is scheduled for next week.

    On Tuesday, city council looked at legislation for a land swap with the city and the developer on part of the project, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE.

    Here is a look at the Penn Plaza Apartments in 2017 and what the area could potentially look like in the future:



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