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PENN PLAZA APARTMENTS (Photo by J.L. Martello)

PENN PLAZA APARTMENTS (Photo by J.L. Martello)

In September, when the owners of the Penn Plaza apartments agreed to assist in relocating tenants from the two buildings, the Feb. 28 deadline for the first group seemed a long way off.

But it wasn’t long enough. Even with assistance from the owners and additional funds and resources committed by the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority, residents in about 30 of the units have, as yet, been unable to find new apartments.

The issue arose in July, when building owner Pennley Park South, a subsidiary of Downtown-based LG Realty Advisors Inc., sent 90-day eviction notices to more than 200 residents of two Penn Plaza Apartment building on Penn Avenue in East Liberty. The company is planning to redevelop the two-building complex as a mix of residential and retail space.

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