State takes fight over releasing Amazon bid to court

Mark Belko | Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania has gone to court again to keep secret the incentives it is offering Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has filed an appeal in Commonwealth Court challenging the June 13 ruling by the state’s independent Office of Open Records that ordered the release of the incentive package to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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District 15 being designed with robots in mind

Tim Schooley | Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Pittsburgh Business Times

The developers of the Strip District’s next new office building expect to be hosting their first tenants by December.

A joint venture partnership of RDC Design + Build and Orangestar Properties celebrated the groundbreaking of District 15, a new 105,000-square-foot, four-story office building slated for the corner of 15th and Smallman Streets within the master plan site of the Buncher Co.’s Riverfront Landing in the Strip District.

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Will cities be pressured to give Amazon more incentives in round 2 of HQ2 sweepstakes?

Mark Belko | Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Free riverfront land. Billions of dollars in incentives. No state income tax. Those were some of the enticements offered to Amazon in the bidding for its second headquarters — by cities that didn’t even make the cut.

The online retailer left a lot on the table by spurning such offers. In doing so, it could force the 20 cities, including Pittsburgh, still remaining in the coveted HQ2 sweepstakes to raise the stakes.

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The Steel City makes the cut for Amazon’s HQ2

Mark Belko | Thursday, January 18, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh has landed on the mother of all top 20 lists.

The Steel City is one of 20 metro areas to make the cut in the frenzied competition for Amazon’s prized second headquarters.

Those cities, including Pittsburgh’s cross-state rival Philadelphia, will now “move to the next phase of the process,” as Amazon put it in revealing the list of remaining contenders Thursday.

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Pittsburgh refuses to release details on Amazon bid

Mark Belko | Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While some cities have released their bids for Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are standing firm in their refusal to do so.

Both have formally denied right to know requests filed by numerous news organizations, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for information related to the region’s HQ2 proposal, which was filed last month.

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Pittsburgh no longer ‘financially distressed,’ according to state oversight team

Bob Bauder | Thursday, November 16, 2017, The Tribune Review

Pittsburgh’s state-appointed financial overseers Thursday recommended the city’s release from state-run fiscal oversight, marking what could be the beginning of the end for the city’s “financially distressed” status.

In a report released Thursday, coordinators appointed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development said Pittsburgh has met all requirements to leave state supervision.

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Penguins yield $15 million in credits but gain extra time to develop Civic Arena site

Mark Belko | Monday, November 6, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins will exchange $15 million in credits for land and give up one parcel as part of a tentative agreement with the city that gives the team more time to redevelop the former Civic Arena site.

Under the agreement announced Monday, the team will be required to develop nearly 6.5 acres of the 28 acres by 2020 or forfeit a portion of the parking revenue it now receives, with proceeds being deposited in a fund to finance redevelopment in the Hill District. Most of the site is now devoted to parking, with the Penguins getting all the revenue.

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