Group bids on debt-ridden August Wilson Center

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A group of foundations has submitted a bid to buy the building of Pittsburgh’s debt-ridden August Wilson Center.


The Pittsburgh Foundation says it is part of a small group that submitted a bid to a bankruptcy judge last week.


Pittsburgh Foundation spokesman John Ellis says in a statement that the group wants to preserve the center and its purpose as the leading community resource for African-American arts programming.


The center honors the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who grew up in Pittsburgh. It opened to great fanfare in a new 65,000-square-foot building in 2009. But the center was hampered by poor attendance and budget deficits.


A judge recently approved selling off the building to settle a mortgage default and other debts totaling about $10 million.


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