Patience pays off for Bill Gatti in redeveloping North Side's Garden Theater block
Written by Mark Belko, Picture by Emily Matthews
"For Bill Gatti, this is one summer blockbuster that has been a long time in coming. Six years, in fact.
By July, Mr. Gatti’s company, Trek Development Group, and partner Q Development should be ready to get rolling on the long-awaited rehab of the Garden Theater block on the North Side.
It’s a project that has required Job-like patience, as Trek and Q battled through years of delays and litigation to get to this point.
'It tested our resolve, for sure,' said Mr. Gatti, Trek president and CEO. 'We were committed to seeing it through.' The battle over the block actually goes back some 20 years, predating the involvement of Trek and Q. Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority officials acquired the Garden Theater, a former pornography venue, in 2007 after a legal battle that lasted more than six years and reached the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Trek became involved in 2015 when it purchased the Garden Theater from another developer.
It wasn’t long before challenges arrived."
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