Court Upholds Zoning Change For $450M Pittsburgh Project

By Dan Packel (July 7, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Monday upheld a zoning change underpinning a proposed $450 million joint venture between Buncher Co. and the city of Pittsburgh to redevelop the Strip District, rejecting a challenge from a railroad that claimed it held an easement on the site.

An en banc panel of the court concluded that the Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. could not fight an ordinance establishing a specially planned district on the 37-acre site, where Buncher intends to create a mixed-use development called Riverfront Landing.

The railroad had argued that its easement on the parcel adjacent to the Monongahela River stood in...

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