North Side group suing stadium authority

From the story:
The battle over two controversial sales of land between Heinz Field and PNC Park apparently will end up in court.

Pittsburgh United, a group campaigning for a community benefits agreement in connection with a proposed hotel development on the North Shore, plans to file lawsuits today seeking to block the deals, according to spokeswoman Jennifer England.

Pittsburgh Stadium Authority board members voted 3-1 last month to sell one North Shore parcel and portions of three others to Continental Real Estate Cos. for $1.32 million for the proposed Hyatt Place hotel development.

In a separate vote, also 3-1, the board sold a prime four-acre riverfront parcel near Heinz Field to Continental and the Pittsburgh Steelers for $1.37 million for development of a $10 million year-round entertainment venue.

The sales came over the objections of Pittsburgh United and its allies and stadium authority board Chairwoman Debbie Lestitian, who argued that the sale prices were too low and not a good deal for taxpayers. An appraiser hired by the authority to look at the entertainment parcel disagreed.


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