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Former publisher moving to luxury Oakland condo

| Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003

Former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Publisher William Block Sr. and his wife, Maxine, will be relocating to the Oakland area of Pittsburgh in the near future.

The veteran newspaper owner paid $580,000 for a three-bedroom unit, number 504, in the Madison on Bellefield, a condominium building at 220 Bellefield St.

The sale was recorded July 31 in the office of Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds Valerie McDonald Roberts.

The sellers were Walter and Donna Rhodes.

In confirming the sale, Mrs. Block added that they sold their current house at 5249 Fair Oaks St., in the city's Squirrel Hill area.

The buyers, Robert & Ellen Katzen, paid $670,000. Allegheny County had placed a $455,400 market value on the property.

The 12-story Madison has 36 units, with three penthouse units on the 12th floor. It contains an exercise room, a party room and a guest suite.

Although not as large as the Trimont or 1000 Grandview on Mt. Washington, the Madison is a similar condominium in that it was built new and is not a former rental apartment converted to condominiums.

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