Despite the best efforts of the Reuse the Igloo group, the Civic Arena will be demolished, per a unanimous vote by the city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority this morning. According to the PG, "The vote occurred without any discussion from board members, prompting shouts of "Gestapo" from one member of the audience."
Rob Pfaffman, the face and voice of Reuse the Igloo, sounds as if he's ready to take the issue to court while saying his group "didn't get a fair shake."
I honestly appreciate his cause, but I don't know if he's got much of a chance up against the city, county, and Penguins, all of whom seem determined to tear down this historic facility in favor of redevelopment.
On the SEA end, the agency now will start removing asbestos from the building and prepare bids for demolition, which could be ready by February. It certainly sounds as if they have no fear of any court-mandated delays on the horizon.
This inevitable decision was bound to give hard feelings to fans on one side of the fence or another. The preservationists have been very vocal, as have those who want to go forward with plans to use the space for new development. It's been a very polarizing issue from the get-go, and I certainly take no joy in passing along the news that the Igloo will soon be no more.