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Old 08-18-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Would be intersting if someone is assembling these properties to build another tower, much like PNC did in the next block. When you look at the location, it doesn't get more prime than this: smack in the middle of the Fifth/Smithfield shopping district, near Point Park and the new residential developments, near Market Square, and pretty close to the Cultural District. The change downtown in the last few years is amazing.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:07 PM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Edit: By the way, to clarify something: most of the properties in question likely could be torn down without losing anything of note (although I would want to double-check what is behind some of the current facades).
Except the buildings at the corner of Wood and Forbes, and the buildings that front Forbes. Those are gorgeous....
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:26 PM
 
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Except the buildings at the corner of Wood and Forbes, and the buildings that front Forbes. Those are gorgeous....
Yep. I (and I think a number of other people) would put up a big fight over those buildings.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Yep. I (and I think a number of other people) would put up a big fight over those buildings.
I'm still upset about the buildings torn down for the African American cultural center on Liberty, and the buildings torn down on Fifth for the new tower. I realize they were demolished for some nice new development, but it still bothers me.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:47 PM
 
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Would be intersting if someone is assembling these properties to build another tower, much like PNC did in the next block. When you look at the location, it doesn't get more prime than this: smack in the middle of the Fifth/Smithfield shopping district, near Point Park and the new residential developments, near Market Square, and pretty close to the Cultural District. The change downtown in the last few years is amazing.
Good point, though I would say that arguably, the surface parking lot on Grant St. directly across from the City/County building and less than 1 block from Grant Bldg., Mellon, Oxford Center, County Courthouse is a better locale and just crying out for a great development.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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I'm also not sure this is a uniquely suitable site for an office tower. PNC had a particular reason for wanting Three PNC where it is: it is right next to their other office towers. I don't see the same logic applying here.

Which is not to say it couldn't be a tower. But if I had to bet, I'm going with something more modest, and probably mostly apartments.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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It's going to be fun to speculate on all of this...
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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As a longtime Pittsburgh insider,

I can confirm the Wood Street frontage is being purchased by the expanding empire of Primanti Brothers, who will soon construct a 74-story bronze pastrami-sandwich oblong as its coporate headquarters.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I would not be surprised if it is Millcraft. I would be surprised if they were acting alone given the fact that they supposedly considerably overpaid according to experts. They unlikely have that kind of capital. Now if PNC or UPMC or US Steel or GNC is involved with Millcraft in some type of consortium, all bets are off. Anyway you slice it, it is good news, regardless if a few old buildings must go. Everything simply cannot be preserved. Let's respect old buildings. At the same time, let's use our common sense to move on. Do we want wig shops in an old building circa 1900 or a gleaming office tower that would spruce up a decrepid block?
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