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Ex-Steeler Chukky Okobi's 'mansion' up for sheriff's sale

| Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

A Shadyside mansion owned by former Steeler Chukky Okobi and involved in a neighborhood dispute is listed for sheriff's sale next month because the mortgage hasn't been paid since 2008, court records show.

Allegheny County court records show the home that Okobi calls "The Mansion at Maple Heights" is listed for sheriff's sale Sept. 7. Mortgage holder Chase Home Finance filed court action in July 2009 on the property and obtained a $1.24 million default judgment in May.

Okobi runs a bed-and-breakfast out of the mansion and hosts weddings, corporate retreats and other social gatherings, according to The Mansion at Maple Heights website.

Okobi said he has been in talks with Chase and is completing a mortgage modification.

"The sheriff's sale is not going to happen. We are alive and kicking," Okobi said. "We are running a profitable business."

Okobi, a center who played for the Steelers from 2001-06, said many events are booked for the fall and all will go on as scheduled.

"It was just a transition going from football to running a business, and I needed to modify the mortgage," Okobi said. "If you have an event booked, it's going to happen -- 100 percent guaranteed every event will happen."

County real estate records show Okobi bought the property along Maple Heights Road for $1.6 million in 2007.

The business end of The Mansion at Maple Heights is the subject of another battle involving some of its neighbors, who claim Okobi doesn't have the proper city permits to operate a facility that holds outdoor gatherings. He and his attorney contend he does.

The issue is pending before the city's zoning board of adjustment.

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