by Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Gazette 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are ready to get rolling on development of the former Civic Arena site this year with a brand new vision that includes offices, housing, a music venue, retail, a hotel and a food hall, all interwoven over 28 acres.

With two developers in place, the team expects to start construction on the first 274 units of housing in the fall, to be followed by development of a 200,000-square-foot office building with 50,000 square feet of retail in the winter.

The Penguins have hired the Buccini/Pollin Group, a Wilmington, Del.-based real estate company with a portfolio valued at more than $5 billion, to develop the office space and the other commercial aspects, including a 50,000-square-foot music venue and the food hall.

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