Just when you thought the plot couldn't thicken.
Buncher Company has long owned an immense tract of under-developed riverfront land in the Strip District right next to Downtown. It has a development plan that recently has been advancing.
The city's URA owns a five-block long building right in the middle of it. A railroad also owns an easement upon it, and is asserting some interests. The river itself has a stake in its shoreline, and the People have a stake in both expanding Downtown and in keeping our best assets livable and fabulous.
The five-block-long Pennsylvania Railroad Fruit Auction and Sales building, which is expected to be a linchpin of a 50-plus-acre development on surrounding land owned by the Buncher Co., has been formally nominated for historic status.
Lawrenceville resident Sarah Kroloff and Preservation Pittsburgh filed a nomination for the building with the city’s Historic Review Commission on Tuesday morning, an action spurred in part by the demolition permit posted on it. (Tim Schooley, PBT Next Move)
Historic nominations take about a 3-6 month period to process. The Ravenstahl administration of today and the Peduto administration of Jan. 1, 2014 have different notions whether the Buncher's present plans should move forward -- or if these plans should be dialed back and re-thought with a business model reliant on more creativity and that is more sensitive to the wishes of others.
Ordinarily, this is just the sort of thing that turns to fisticuffs. We shall see.
P-G, Belko: Demo permits issued, railroad unhappy.
P-G, Smydo: Council approves zoning 5-4.
Trib, Boren: Buncher forgoes TIF
The Trib: Let's Not!
P-G, O'Neill: Go for greatness.
P-G, Belko: 45% of Buncher stock now with non-profits.
Councilman Dowd: Lots of material.