Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County in the case of Jonnet Development Corporation, a Pennsylvania Corporation v. Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh, No. GD77-18456.
David Abrams, Abrams & Mazer, for appellant.
John O. Wicks, Jr., General Counsel, with him William J. Tarter, Assistant General Counsel and Sharon M. O'Neil, Assistant General Counsel, for Urban Redevelopment Authority, appellee.
D. R. Pellegrini, Deputy City Solicitor, with him Mead J. Mulvihill, Jr., City Solicitor, for City of Pittsburgh, appellee.
Judges Wilkinson, Jr., Craig and MacPhail, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge MacPhail.
[ 51 Pa. Commw. Page 621]
On December 19, 1976, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) caused an advertisement to be inserted in several newspapers with respect to a 60 acre tract of land conveyed to it by the City of Pittsburgh. The advertisement read as follows:
[ 51 Pa. Commw. Page 622]
Land formerly utilized by the City of Pittsburgh as water works property comprising eighty (80) acres on Freeport Road between Aspinwall and Fox Chapel is being sold for commercial development by the City of Pittsburgh through the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Twenty (20) acres are presently being developed by the new multi-million dollar St. Margaret's Hospital.
Proposals for private commercial development for the remaining sixty (60) acres will be accepted for review by the Urban Redevelopment Authority until March 1, 1977.
Jonnet Development Corporation (Jonnet) saw the advertisement and prepared a proposal which it submitted to URA prior to March 1, 1977.*fn1
On May 26, 1977, Jonnet received a letter from the Director of the Department of City Development concerning the nature of the work to be done at the site and also stated that "the developer will be selected shortly."
Subsequently, Jonnet was notified that URA had rejected all bids and that the matter would be ...