Friday, March 14, 2008

The Following Takes Place Between 6:00 PM March 14th and 2:00 PM April 8th

A community meeting to discuss the latest plans for the new $290 million arena will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Church of Epiphany, Centre Avenue and Washington Place, Uptown, in advance of a formal review by the city planning commission.

There will be presentations on the latest drawings of the arena and the 500-space parking garage to be built next to it, and results of traffic and parking studies involving the new facility and a proposed 28-acre development at the site of Mellon Arena.

There also will be time for questions and discussion.

The session is sponsored by the Penguins, the city Planning Department and the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority.

Information about the project is available at and

The planning commission is scheduled to hear a briefing on the arena's project development plan March 25 and will hold a hearing April 8 at 2 p.m. (P-G, Team Effort)

Surely nobody thought we were dropping this.

Earlier this week, the Penguins came to the table for the first round of negotiations in some time. A representative from Pittsburgh United characterized this as a significant and necessary occurrence, however, no further details could be made available, and there are no further negotiating sessions currently scheduled.

The four keys to victory are still in effect, however, our previous characterizations of most of these keys are now significantly outdated. Collapse, revise, and adjust the time-frame according to the new paradigm and new, enlightened terms of engagement.

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