With the light and heat of the city lights off, the Pittsburgh region’s most expensive home in a generation has gone dark, but the home’s owner has no plans to sell it.
Bethlehem Steel, a steel company, has announced that its lights will stay on, but not for long.
Steel says it has reached a deal with a consortium of private owners to turn off the lights for about four years, ending the blackout of the home and surrounding area.
Steel’s owner, Bruce Ladd, plans to make the deal with the consortium, which includes Bethlehem Steel’s parent company, to keep the lights on, said company spokeswoman Erin Schulte.
Brent C. Scott, the chairman of the Pittsburgh-based Partnership for Responsible Investment, said he expects the partnership will work with a private owner to provide the financial incentives to keep lights on.
“This is a partnership we believe in,” Scott said.
“We’re excited to see this move forward.”
The Pittsburgh area has seen a rash of wildfires over the past year.
In March, the region was struck with a massive blizzard, killing at least nine people.
The city’s largest residential building, the $1.4 billion Carnegie Steel Works, which is under renovation, was shut down because of the wildfires.
The city has had three major fires this year, and the fires have forced some residents to relocate to nearby suburbs.
Steel has said the company’s light and thermal power plants in Pennsylvania and Illinois will stay open for months, and that its Pittsburgh-area facilities will be operating until at least June.