Things are looking bleak for what seemed like a done deal:
When 20 or so Hill District residents attended the regularly scheduled Dinwiddie Community Alliance meeting, they expected to hear from Hill House CEO Evan Frazier that construction would soon begin on a grocery and retail center anchored by a Kuhn’s market.
Instead they heard Kuhn’s has not committed to the project, despite giving that impression to the community, the Hill House and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh for nearly a year. (Courier, Christian Morrow)
It must also be mentioned that Mr. Frazier himself soon will be moving on to Highmark Inc., for to handle community affairs -- rather like Ron Porter, his predecessor at the Hill House, moved on with the Penguins.
And very related:
Hill District groups want a community master plan before the Penguins start developing a 28-acre site near the new arena but haven't yet gotten the Urban Redevelopment Authority's approval to hire the necessary consultant. The Penguins agreed in a community benefits agreement not to start development until Feb. 19, but Mr. Lavelle said there's no way a master plan can be in place by that time.
"We probably will have to seek an extension of the deadline," Mr. Lavelle said. (P-G, Rich Lord)
That one had been apparent for a little while. If you are a CBA enthusiast, one moral of this story is that your CBA isn't likely to be very successful if it ensures only contingent future processes for benefits rather than concrete benefits.
But let's say you're not particularly a CBA enthusiast. What is the takeaway? Well, one is the importance in public affairs of keeping deals: not only contractual deals but handshakes, virtual handshakes and understandings. I do not exempt myself from this; for example as a novice I did not comprehend until very recently the 45% Rule and you can have your own conversations amongst yourselves.
At any rate, I suppose the unique importance of the Hill area as a neighborhood to the whole of Pittsburgh's geis will have to become an item of contemplation again. I hope I can help bring its now very recent history into a balanced yet thorough perspective. Because obviously there is still time and hope. No one has an interest in seeing little besides scorched earth and continued festering discontent.
Daniel D. Regan is to take over as City Solicitor, pending interview? and confirmation, while for George Specter it's out of the frying pan and into the fire at the URA. (P-G, Karamagi Rujumba)
Bill Peduto asks the ICA to make an immediate ruling on the legal propriety of the Student Tax, which I've got to say seems reasonable and expeditious. (Correspondence)
Moveon.org is going after Jason Altmire, which I have say is only going to help him. They should create a nom de plume for themselves in this effort here locally such as "Citizens Against Duplicity". (Early Returns)
Someone is telling me that Robb Hollow Park is being misused as a leaf waste site. (Desperate Correspondence)
Hmm, I generally don't think it's disgraceful to offer a hypothesis, express an opinion about it, or even to play politics if you think that's what will be most effective. But hey at least they are all trying to work it out. (P-G, Moriah Balingit)