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Old 11-14-2007, 12:26 AM   #373
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Penguins unveil arena design

The Penguins unveiled the master plan this afternoon for an 18,500-seat replacement for Mellon Arena.

The design, by HOK Sport of Kansas City, will feature a glass atrium rising as high as 80 feet on the west side of the building, facing Downtown. The $290 million project also will include an attached 500-space garage; a surface lot with 150 spaces; and retail space along Fifth Avenue, Uptown.

The former location of St. Francis Medical Center will be a site for future development, possibly a hotel, the team said.

Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer said the team has submitted the project to the city Planning Commission for consideration, calling it "another milestone" in the effort to replace Mellon Arena. He hopes to have the project approved by January.
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