By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The first phase of the Lower Hill Development Project has received unanimous final approval on Thursday.

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The Sports & Exhibition Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority voted for the plan on Thursday.

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The plan will redevelop the former Civic Arena site and add a 26-story tower.

Construction of the site could begin within the next 60 days.

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Supporters say the plan will inject millions of dollars into the local economy as well as support local Black and women-owned businesses.