The Trib's Bonnie Pfister has Hill District leaders shouting in anger, while URA board chair (and Ravenstahl chief of staff) Yarone Zober banged a gavel to maintain order.
The P-G's Mark Belko has State Rep. Jake Wheatley calling the Board's decision to move forward a "slap in the face."
The Penguins won the right to develop 28 acres of land adjacent to the Hill District and the new arena, without yet having accepted a Community Benefits Agreement. The Penguins argue that the 28 acres was a central tenet to their decision to stay in Pittsburgh, and any delay could foul up their bond issue.
This argument was not convincing to Wheatley, who called it "totally bogus," nor to One Hill CBA Coalition spokesman Carl Redwood, who claims the Penguins have been "twisting the arms" of the city and county to get an optimium deal for themselves.
Zober said that such an agreement with the community can be revisited at the City Planning stages of the process, and circulated a letter from Ravenstahl, Onorato, and the Penguins recommitting themselves to such an agreement.
Tonya Payne seemed to be in a difficult spot -- representing the Hill District as a city councilperson, but as a URA board member, supporting Penguins claims to these development rights without yet having negotiated a CBA.
Someone explain to us this quote, which seems fraught with meaning:
"If the community wants me to go to the Penguins to ask them for a CBA, I will do that," Payne said. "But I will ask them to support only the One Hill coalition -- no other terms, no other conditions."