PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Point Park University is expanding and taking over another corner in downtown Pittsburgh. It was once home to Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, but soon, the space at the corner of Wood Street and Third Avenue will have new life.

Point Park University officials announced Wednesday that it will be the site of a brand new center for media innovation.  The new expansion includes a state-of-the-art, 4,000-square foot facility will have a multimedia newsroom, classroom, television and radio studios filled with the latest technology.

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“We’ll be getting constant news feeds from all over the world and they’ll be able to download that, reproduce it and redistribute it,” said Paul Hennigan, President of Point Park University.

Students will get a first-hand, unique look at how a media hub operates 24/7. But this new center won’t just benefit the student. People walking in the area will be able to check out all the action right through the large windows.

“We’re just really excited about the opportunity to enliven another building in downtown Pittsburgh,” said Hennigan.

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Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, expanded on Point Park’s new addition and said that it will help the downtown area just as much as the school.

“For many years, this corridor was not doing very well. It was kind of dead, particularly after hours. Now, it’s come to life with all the young people, all the student activity and now with this media center.”

The center will be completed in the spring and ready for students the following Fall.

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