Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penguins Expect to Choose Developer Soon Housing Part of Plan for Former Arena Site

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penguins Expect to Choose Developer Soon Housing Part of Plan for Former Arena Site

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have negotiated new contracts with some of their big-name players in recent weeks. But the biggest signing this summer could occur off the ice.

Team 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.

Travis Williams, the Penguins' chief operating officer, 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.

"We've been having conversations with a lot of developers over the last few years," he said.

St. Louis-based McCormack Baron Salazar may be best known as the developer of Crawford Square, the successful apartment and single- family home development in the Hill District just above the arena site. It features more than 400 rental units and for-sale homes, half of them at market rate.

The residential component of the 28-acre arena development in the lower Hill could start as an extension of Crawford Square. McCormack Baron Salazar also has been involved in the Bedford Hills apartment development in the Hill and the Fairfield Apartments development in East Liberty.

Columbus, Ohio-based KBK Enterprises currently is leading the reconstruction of the Addison Terrace public housing community in the Hill, a redevelopment that eventually will produce 400 units, roughly half of them for low-income families. It also was involved in the 43-unit Mackey Lofts apartment complex that just opened in Uptown and the 225-unit Garfield Commons development in Garfield.

Atlanta-based Dawson currently is serving as a consultant to the Penguins in their discussions with the Hill community regarding the arena redevelopment. …

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