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Public meeting scheduled for produce terminal plans
The Urban Redevelopment authority will hold the first public meeting to review alternative proposals for the future of the Pennsylvania Railroad Fruit Auction & Sales building, aka the Produce Terminal.

Fourth Economy, which is consulting the URA on the redevelopment process, will lead the August 6 meeting to be held at the Heinz History Center.

The URA is reported to be considering proposals from Chicago-based McCaffery Interests, Cleveland’s The Ferchill Group and Pittsburgh’s Rubino Partners, in addition to the initial plan from the Pittsburgh-based Buncher Company.

Buncher holds an option to buy the building from the URA for $1.8 million, but Mayor Bill Peduto, who has opposed the plan on the grounds that it will demolish the western third of the 1,500-foot-long structure, negotiated a six-month window during which the city could seek proposals from other developers.

Celebrate Downtown!
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has done a lot to improve Downtown since the organization was founded 20 years ago. Now, the PDP is taking time to celebrate its porcelain anniversary with a week of events offering something for everyone.

Celebrate Downtown runs through next Monday and includes everything from free walking tours of various parts of Downtown to a Tuesday evening dinner crawl featuring seven of the restaurants which took place in the PDP’s Paris to Pittsburgh façade improvement program. Project Pop Up, one of the PDP’s most popular series, will host a fashion market and a lunchtime picnic on Friday.

The celebration will culminate over the weekend. On Saturday, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and the Office of Public Art will offer a variety of free Downtown walking tours while many of the neighborhood’s historic churches, Cultural District venues and residential properties will be open to the public. Tours which include trips to the top of the U.S. Steel Building have already sold out.

The festivities will run into Sunday with Open Streets Pittsburgh and conclude with PDP night at PNC Park for the Pirates-Dodgers game.

For a complete list of Celebrate Downtown events, see the schedule on the PDP’s website.

Grand View Scenic Byway gets new signage
The Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation and PennDOT will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon to unveil the new signage marking the Grand View Scenic Byway.

Designated part of the 257-acre Emerald View Park, the byway includes Sycamore Street, Grandview Avenue and McArdle Roadway and encircles the neighborhoods of Mt. Washington, Allentown and Duquesne Heights. The new signage, which was paid for in part with federal grant money, will offer visitors additional insight into Mt. Washington’s historic significance.

Additionally, the areas around the Duquesne Incline, the iconic “Point of View” sculpture and the entrance to the George and Guy Trail have received landscaping updates.

Matthew Wein

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