Youth Swim Lessons (Open to Community) Coming to Arsenal School!

Arsenal Pool Nights

The YMCA and Arsenal Middle School have teamed up to offer youth swim lessons to the community on Mondays and Wednesdays, from February 16th to April 6th, at Arsenal’s pool…all for an extremely affordable price. There are classes for the following age groups: 6-36 months (parent & child class), ages 3-5, and ages 6-12. All classes are 30 minutes long.

For more information or to register, click here to download the flyer/registration sheet. Arsenal Middle School is located at 220 40th Street in Lawrenceville.

Register for Youth Indoor Tennis Clinics at Arsenal



CitiParks Tennis will be hosting indoor tennis clinics for kids ages 6-10 at Arsenal Middle School’s gym (220 40th St) every Thursday evening from 7-8 PM, starting on February 5. The classes are for beginners and intermediates — no experience necessary. Racquets are provided or you can bring your own. $10 per session: registration isn’t required, but space is limited to 20 participants. To pre-register or for more information, contact Dave at 412.802.7220 or

The Lounge- 4121 Butler Street (Formerly Double D’S)

Vincenzo Borrelli, an owner of RichVin, Inc. has applied for a person to person transfer of liquor license R-16522 to open The Lounge at 4121 Butler Street (currently Double D’s). Mr. Borrelli previously owned and operated Mezza Note in Bloomfield.  LU met with Mr. Borrelli on 1/22/15 to tour the location, and he will be present at the 9th Ward Happenings Block watch on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm at St. Mary’s Lyceum – 330 45th Street.

53rd and Butler Construction/ Development


Owners of the site have added additional office space to the site that sits on the river side of Butler and stretches from McCandless to 53rd Street.  An existing driveway and curb cut from Butler is being reused for site access, and the office space will include PERSAD Center and a tech firm as tenants.  Long term plans may include additional development along Butler, but we will confirm as we learn more from the owner of the site.

43rd Street Overlook

Community meetings were held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 and another on December 3, 2014 to discuss the Overlook proposed for 43rd Street. The Urban Redevelopment Authority hired a team led  by Pennoni and Associates to develop a plan for the Lawrenceville 43rd St. Overlook as recommended in the Allegheny Green Boulevard Plan. The consultant team presented their initial concept of the plan for the overlook and local residents and business owners gave feedback regarding ideas regarding design and the functionality of the overlook, as well as shared concerns and questions. Some concerns or comments shared by residents and business owners included making sure that the traffic that needs to get in and out of that area will still be able to,  that the design plays on the historical and industrial history of the site, and that residents be engaged as this progresses. A meeting will be scheduled in January, 2015 to review concepts for the site.  You can follow the link below to a page that has been set up by the consultant team for more information on the project, and to share feedback.

Senti – 3473 Butler Street

Franco Braccia and Annette Ishida will be opening Senti in January 2015.  Senti is proposed to be a high end Italian restaurant and wine bar/lounge.  The atmosphere will be sophisticated.  They plan to be open 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sundays.  Franco and Annette have an agreement to use the parking lot across the street for customers (30+ spaces).  Franco and Annette have applied for a liquor license and have committed to working with the community to mitigate any impact.

Humming- 49th Street along the river

Thank you to all who have submitted descriptions of the noise and times that you are hearing the noise.  We have been in touch with McConway & Torley to begin addressing the issue.  Councilwoman Gross’ Office is also working to convene a meeting with McConway & Torley to address the issue.