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Pittsburgh Postpones High-Rise Sprinkler Vote

Residents said the cost of retrofitting buildings would run into the millions



PITTSBURGH (TribLive) – Pittsburgh’s fire sprinkler bill is on hold again after more than a dozen residents complained Tuesday to City Council that costs and the inconvenience of retrofitting older buildings would be “astronomical.”

“We can buy our own fire truck with a ladder that can reach as high as our top floor for what it would cost us to do this,” said Ted Goldberg, an owner in the Park Mansion co-op building in Oakland.

He said installing sprinklers could disrupt the historical integrity of the 90-year-old building and cost as much as $2 million.


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