The community benefits agreement finalized with UPMC Mercy last week is very different from the Lower Hill agreement struck with the Pittsburgh Penguins, said city Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, who was party to both negotiations.
“Two totally different scenarios, and I don’t even think they’re truly comparable,” he said.
The Penguins deal took nearly two years to finalize, allowed for a much larger framework, and was signed by the mayor, the county executive and representatives from the Hill District, said Lavelle.
By contrast, he said negotiations with UPMC started in earnest a month ago, and was limited to a narrow procedural question.
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