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When Wilkinsburg council members tried to voice concerns about a proposed auto salvage yard just across its border with Penn Hills, officials at a February planning commission meeting said they could not speak because they didn’t live in Penn Hills.

“(Councilman) Mark Tiani, who’s also an attorney, said, “show me the ordinance, but the solicitor couldn’t find it,” said Wilkinsburg councilman Michael Rose. “So, the commission voted on the spot to silence us.”

On March 21, the Wilkinsburg contingent will again try to be heard when the full Penn Hills Council votes on the proposal to allow Cincinnati-based U-Pull-&-Pay to build a 24,000 square-foot building and store up to 1,800 cars on the 31.7-acre site of the former East Hills Shopping Center.

Penn Hills stands to gain $300,000 in property taxes from the $7 million U-Pull-&-Pay representatives say they will invest in the project, which they said would create 25 jobs.

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