Building a Stronger Lawrenceville – Together!

The weather was gorgeous, the presentations were engaging, and the halls were packed with organizations offering info on housing. Building a Stronger Lawrenceville was a great success!

Councilwoman Gross, Matt Galluzzo of Lawrenceville Corp., Magistrate Ceoffe, and Brian Mendelssohn of Botero Development offered some fantastic insights on the challenges & opportunities in Lawrenceville, including the struggle to maintain affordable housing in a neighborhood that’s seen as much growth as Lawrenceville. Thanks to all of our panel members!

We gave away resource folders so people could take all that information home, and you can still get one if you missed the event. Email with your request, specifying if you are a homeowner, homebuyer, tenant or landlord.

McConway and Torley


This week the Allegheny County Health Department held a public hearing on the air permit for McConway and Torley, the foundry at 48th Street. Residents, M&T employees, and LU testified. You can view LU’s testimony here, and see a copy of the Lawrenceville Toxic Metals study conducted by ACHD here.

As the resident-driven community group, our request was simply that the Health Department protect our community’s health. We are not asking that the foundry be shut down, but that the levels of emissions from the plant be tracked, monitored, and analyzed – and that the information collected be used to issue a permit that protects all of our health. We will continue to engage the owners of M&T regarding other quality of life concerns, including noise, parking, and truck traffic.


Lawrenceville United convened a panel of representatives from McConway and Torley, Group Against Smog and Pollution, and a representative from Councilwoman Deb Gross’ office to answer residents’ questions and concerns regarding the foundry. A productive conversation took place around issues such as air quality and testing, humming noises at night, idling trucks, and parking issues. Around 65 residents were in attendance and were given the opportunity to ask questions. The presentation given by LU and LC can be viewed here: Air Quality Discussion April 2015.

Residents still have an opportunity to submit their concerns about the air quality issues by speaking at the public hearing regarding the air permit:

ACHD Public Hearing on Draft Permit -Hearing to be held April 14th, 6 pm, 1st Floor Conference Room of Building 7 of the Clack Health Center, 301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Register to speak at the hearing by calling by 4:00 pm April 13th-412-578-8103

For previous posts on this topic, see “Humming at 49th.

Arsenal and Leslie Parks Planning: April Update

4.2.15 Celebrating a Collaborative Effort

Thank you to the 75+ residents who joined us to celebrate the Arsenal and Leslie Park Master Plan Process last Thursday at The Grey Box Theatre.

Hundreds of community partners, residents, and business owners have dedicated time, energy, and creativity to the process over the past year– which has helped us to create exciting concepts and plans for the future of our parks.

As outlined by Steering Committee members during the event, the plan embraces and preserves our community’s and the Arsenal’s rich history and heritage, offers recommendations to make the park more accessible,  and creates and enhances spaces for residents of all ages to enjoy.  In addition to residents and stakeholder engagement, the process has been guided by a Steering Committee comprised of community representatives and partner organizations, including:  Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation, Lawrenceville Historical Society, Friends of Arsenal Park, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Tree Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Arsenal Pre K – 5, Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8, Allegheny County Health Department, Councilwoman Deb Gross, Senators Jim Ferlo and Wayne Fontana, Representative Dom Costa, City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, Department of Public Works, and Citiparks.

We will continue to work on finalizing the plan,  and will be sharing the completed plan with a full narrative in the weeks to come.  To see some of the materials presented at the event last Thursday, see below. The document detailing the measures to be taken for historical preservation is available here: Arsenal_Historic Preservation Text.

We want to give a special thank you to Arsenal Cider House and Matteo’s for providing refreshments, and to Gina at Grey Box Theater for providing the space for our event.  Thanks to all of YOU for attending, for participating in our community meetings and events, and for signing on to Mind Mixer to share your thoughts.  You have helped to ensure that the plan for the park remains community-driven.

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Birds’ eye view of Arsenal Park Concept

Arsenal Park Stone Wall Perimeter

Arsenal Park Stone Wall Perimeter

arsenal open house

Open House Attendees Hear Details of the Plan

Photo credit: Tony Ceoffe

Join us 5/2 and 5/9 to make sure every child is registered for kindergarten!

On Saturday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 9th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., PEP Rally and its partners are organizing a large canvassing effort in the Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and Garfield neighborhoods. The goals of this effort are to make sure that local families are signed up for Pre-K and kindergarten, let families know about the diversity of resources available to families in our communities, and share news about the positive things happening at our neighborhood public schools at Arsenal and Woolslair. To knock on every door, we need at least 100 volunteers, and we welcome a diverse group of parents, community volunteers, and school staff. Please join our cause and bring some friends! A thorough orientation/training will be provided, as well as refreshments!

Sign up by following this link or contacting Dave at 412.802.7220 /