Two open houses were held, February 26 and 28, featuring the latest draft of the plans for Arsenal and Leslie Park. The plans will remain on display in the basement at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville until March 13, 2015. You can view them there or at the links below.
We welcome your questions and feedback! Please direct them to email@example.com. The plans will be finalized by the end of March, and will be unveiled at a community celebration on March 26 at 6-8pm. Location is TBD, so check our calendar for details as the date gets closer.
A community meeting was held March 3 regarding the liquor license application pending for Cantina/ Ballroom and the new restaurant proposed for the 3rd floor of the existing Round Corner Cantina building – The Ballroom.
Lawrenceville United met with Derek Burnell, owner of Cantina, to outline the concerns from the meeting and to see if there is a way to address the identified concerns for the impact of both Cantina and The Ballroom.
We are in the process of finalizing a draft agreement that outlines operational conditions that includes and isn’t limited to:
- Sound attenuation and soundproofing throughout the entire licensed premises
- Prohibiting live music and entertainment at The Ballroom
- Limiting hours of operation of The Ballroom, and there being dedicated kitchen with staff in operation for The Ballroom until 11 pm each night.
- Regulating occupancy
- Security for crowd disbursement
- Responsible Alcohol Management Training for all staff
- Cleaning around the establishment each night
LU is in the process of negotiating the agreement, and will share a copy of the final draft if we reach agreement. We plan to present the outlined concerns that we heard at the meeting to City Council as part of the Liquor License Hearing March 5 at 1pm at City Council Chambers, 414 Grant Street. The hearing is public and anyone is welcome to attend.
The Round Corner Cantina, and owner Derek Burnell, has proposed an expansion to create a 3rd floor dining/ event space, The Ballroom. Owners have proposed to change the uses of the building from “hotel” to “restaurant limited.” As part of the expansion, owners will seek approval from the city’s Zoning Department and will also be also be purchasing a new liquor license for the building – to license both the 1st floor and 3rd floor spaces. The transfer of the new license to this location must first be approved by City Council, and then by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. As part of our community process, you are invited to attend this meeting to meet the owner, to review what has been proposed, and to provide input and feedback.
Please call Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220 or email info@LUnited.org for more information.
Meeting: March 3, 6:30pm at St Augustine’s, 220 37th Street
Domenic Branduzzi, owner of Piccolo Forno located at 3801 Butler Street, has proposed to open Grapparia behind his current restaurant (in the space formerly occupied by Jeffrey Smith Studio). The Grapparia would be a small wine bar where his restaurant patrons and others could enjoy a class of wine while waiting for a table or after dinner. Mr. Branduzzi has applied for a liquor license to operate the wine bar. He will attend the 6th Ward Block Watch on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:30 at St. Augustine’s Parish Hall ( 220 37th Street) to present plans to neighbors, and to answer any questions or concerns.
A meeting was held on February 24 to discuss the new construction residential development of the lot/garden at 47th and Plummer. The developer, Randy Morris of Lowla LLC, attended with architect Andrew Moss of Moss Architects. The plans are still being finalized, and no zoning applications have been submitted yet.
Initial plans include:
-6 for-sale units with single-car garages on the ground floor and a shared driveway/courtyard behind them
-A single entryway to the courtyard and rear parking on Lycurgus Way
- There will be no new curb cuts made on 47th or Plummer as part of the development
-Units will be 2-3 bedrooms, each between 1700-2100 sq ft
-All units will face 47th Street
-To mitigate stormwater issues, pervious pavers will be used and 5 new trees will be planted in front of the townhouses. Tree pits and other landscaping will be used to catch stormwater.
-2 of the 6 units will have a 4th floor, all will have roof decks
-Pricing: 2 bedrooms = mid to high 200s, mid 300s for 3 bedrooms
-The developers plan to submit their plans to zoning in the next couple of weeks for approval. Variance requests will include:
-possible variance on height above 40ft (potentially 42 ft)
-2 rear setbacks and side setbacks for all units
As plans are finalized, LU will share updates with those who attended the meeting in addition to regular updates in our newsletter/ on the website. To review a copy of the presentation from the meeting, or to be added to the contact list for this specific project, please contact LU.
Randy Morris, of LowLa LLC, is the owner of a lot at 47th and Plummer St. He is working with Moss Architects to design plans for 5 to 6 for-sale units on the property. The initial community meeting is planned for February 24 at 6pm at The Estelle S. Campbell Boys and Girls Club, 4600 Butler St. The owner, along with architects, will present the development plans to the community.
The YMCA and Arsenal Middle School have teamed up to offer youth swim lessons to the community on Mondays and Wednesdays, from February 23/25 to April 13/15, at Arsenal’s pool…all for a very 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.
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 Dave@LUnited.org.
The Lounge opened for business over the weekend of January 30th 2015. Mr. Borelli will be available at the 9th Ward Happenings Block watch on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm to answer questions and listen to feedback from the community.
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.
Lawrenceville United and the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee (LFMAC) are looking for a part-time Market Manager to manage and promote the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market for the 2015 season.