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Penguins, UPMC Choose New Site In Pittsburgh For $70M Sports Medicine Complex

Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Penguins officials yesterday said that they have decided against putting their sports medicine complex "at the often-discussed Village of Cranberry Woods site" and will instead build on "nearly 13 acres of land about a half mile north" of that site, according to Bill Vidonic of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. UPMC and team officials said that they "hope" the $70M UPMC Lemieux Sports complex, "featuring two ice rinks, will be open by July 2015." UMPC VP/Operations Albert Wright Jr. said that officials had been "looking at both sites for months," but working with developer Gary Sippel on his 13-acre property "made a little more sense to us." Penguins COO Travis Williams said that it also will "give the project better visibility and accessibility." Wright and Williams said that the "essentials of the project, a 190,000-square-foot building for hockey performance programs and hockey-related injury treatment and practice facilities for the Penguins, haven't changed." Williams added that officials will "proceed with permitting from the township and hope to have grading and other site approvals in the fall, with construction starting in March" (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 7/17).

CIVIC DUTY: Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Mark Belko notes Penguins officials are "hoping to reach a deal with a developer to start the residential portion of the former Civic Arena redevelopment in a few weeks." Three of the firms "in the running for the work are McCormack Baron Salazar, KBK Enterprises and Dawson Co., all of which have ties to Pittsburgh." Williams confirmed that "all three developers are being considered for the arena project, but added that the team has talked to a number of others as well" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 7/16).
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