City Council Delays Action On Civic Arena Vote

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After emotional debate at city council over the fate of the Civic Arena, Councilman Doug Shields proposed a delay hoping to bring former Governor Ed Rendell to the table to explore the land deal regarding the arena.

That proposal was rejected.

Council agreed to delay action for one week.

Council has final vote among city entities on the fate of the structure.

Back in March, the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission followed in the same footsteps of the City Historic Review Commission by voting against historic status.

At the final public hearing last month, preservationists argued the Igloo could be saved and the area could experience economic development.

However, the Penguins say the demolition of the arena would pave the way for mixed-use development featuring residential space as well as office and retail.

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