Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Concerned community members voiced their opinions at a Pittsburgh city council public hearing to discuss a potential community benefits agreement between Northside residents and Continental Development. Mary Cantoro, Executive Director of the Stadium Authority, explained the developer's desire to re-work a current contractual agreement between Continental and the Stadium Authority for development of a hotel. However, Councilman Bill Peduto says that contract has already expired and re-negotiating would violate the law. Northside United members agreed with Peduto and continued to argue that a new deal be reached between the two which includes a community benefits agreement. Through many Northside resident testimonies, the group expressed its commitment to fighting for a new agreement and vowed that they are "not going away" until a new deal is reached.