There have been some adjustments to the Pittsburgh Penguins' new arena design since approval of the Master Plan in January. Urban Design Associates President Don Carter says a pedestrian connection has been added on the west side, between Fifth and Centre Avenues, at the request of the Planning Commission. A reduction of ten feet in the height of the building will save money and lower the neighborhood profile, and Carter says other revisions were also well received at a public meeting in the Church of the Epiphany on March 17th: more windows on the east side of the arena facing the Hill District, and banners along Centre Avenue.
The revised Project Development Plan will be discussed at a public hearing on April 8th at 2 p.m. before the City Planning Commission, which will give their ruling on April 22nd. Carter says this is the final approval required from the Planning Commission--subsequent approvals will be by the Department of Building Inspection.