Council takes first step toward vote on historic status for Produce Terminal |
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Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced legislation to designate the Strip District’s Produce Terminal as historic.

Council will not vote on the bill until after a public hearing yet to be scheduled, according to President Darlene Harris.

The Buncher Co., which holds a $1.8 million option to buy the building from the Urban Redevelopment Authority, wants to demolish about one-third of it as part of a $400 million development it plans behind the building along the Allegheny River.

The nonprofit group Preservation Pittsburgh and Lawrenceville architect Sarah Kroloff applied to have the building declared a historic landmark. Altering the exterior of a building with landmark status requires city approval.

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission two weeks ago voted to recommend historic status for the building.

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