PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – During a Wednesday morning hearing, attorneys for the receiver that approved a plan to build a hotel on top of the August Wilson Center argued that the plan is still viable.
After lengthy testimony from representatives of the Urban Redevelopment Authority stating legal covenants prohibit such a use for the property, Judge Lawrence O’Toole scheduled a trial for late September to settle the issue.READ MORE: Former Steeler Ryan Switzer Shares 'Wonderful News' On Son's Condition Nearly 1 Month After Surgery
At the same time, Dollar Bank announced it plans to begin foreclosure proceedings for the property in October.
Attorney Michael Shiner, who represents the receiver, says he still hopes to reach agreement on the hotel proposal which would also allow space for an African-American cultural center.
“Obviously, we would like to avoid a foreclosure sale of the property,” Shiner said. “It’s our strong preference to -– we just don’t think it’s in anybody’s interest to have Dollar Bank essentially take the property back. That doesn’t help any of us.”READ MORE: Edward Wagner Pleads Guilty In Murders Of His Child's Mom And 7 Family Members In Ohio
August Wilson Center co-founder, and former city councilman Sala Udin hopes that a proposal offered by local foundations can still prove to be viable.
“As far as I can see, there’s only one bidder who would make an offer that falls within and would be consistent with the terms of the covenant and the deed of the land and its use,” Udin said, “and that is the offer that has been made by the collective foundations.”
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