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May 21, 2015                                                                                                                          


Helen Ewing




   On Sunday, May 17th, Lawrenceville United’s (LU) truck was totaled in a blaze in the storage area behind the Lawrenceville United office.   This incident was responded to by the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau and was under control before the fire spread to neighboring buildings, but the truck is a complete loss.  An investigation is being conducted by the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau and Pittsburgh Police Bureau.

A “We Stand With LU” unity rally has been scheduled at Lawrenceville United’s office (4839 Butler St) on Tuesday, May 26th at 6:30pm.  Lawrenceville United will be joined by elected officials, partnering organizations, business owners and other concerned residents.  All Lawrenceville United supporters are encouraged to attend and stand united with their friends and neighbors as a sign of unity.  If you have any information on this incident, please contact Zone Two Police at (412) 255-2827.

Lawrenceville United is an inclusive, resident-driven community–based non-profit organization focused on improving quality of life of Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders through community engagement and advocacy, community restoration and beautification, and community planning and development.

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The Gold Mark (formerly Salud)


A meeting was held at the Boys and Girls Club on May 13th for Adam Kulik and Nicole Billitto to present their plans for The Gold Mark (formerly Salud). The Gold Mark is a proposed bar that will serve traditional and craft beer and cocktails ($3-$10) along with a limited food menu of classic bar food ($4-$10). There will be 15 seats at the bar, some high-top and bench seating in the back of the space and 2 café tables on the sidewalk. The goal is to create a safe, comfortable neighborhood bar atmosphere, and the target clientele is local residents aged 25+. Entertainment will include DJs on the weekends, and the owners plan to install soundproofing in order to lessen the noise in the area. Patrons will be encouraged to park on Butler Street, and a doorman will be present on weekends. Limited renovations on the space are slated to begin at the end of May, and the owners expect to open by August 1st. Residents in attendance raised concerns with existing conditions regarding nighttime parking and noise.  LU will continue to work with LC to identify short and long term parking solutions, as well as work with business owners and public safety departments to address late night and early morning noise.

Below you will find a fact sheet with additional information about the project.

Gold Mark Info Sheet


A meeting was held on May 6, 2015 at Constellation Coffee regarding Apteka. Apteka is a proposed affordable vegan/vegetarian restaurant at 4606 Penn Avenue led by Kate Lasky and Tomasz Skowronski. The single story building will have 32 tables and 10 bar seats, and the owners have filed for a liquor license. In addition to food (small plates $4-$6, large $7-$10), they plan to serve beer, wine and tradiational Polish cocktails. Outdoor, non-smoking, seating for 25 people will be available and ashtray stands will be available in front of the restaurant. Live entertainment, in the form of a DJ playing background music are part of the proposal. There will not be any bar signage, and some space for employee parking on Comrie Way. A full kitchen (with a hood) will be built out, and the electrical work will be redone. More information can be found in the posted fact sheets.

Apteka Template Info Sheet (1)

Floor Plan

Celebrating Diversity at Arsenal

More than 15 countries were represented at this week’s Arsenal 360 Night, a celebration of the many cultural backgrounds of its students and their families. From pierogis to Somali Lahooh, families showcased their traditional foods while sampling many others. Students shared their cultures through singing, dancing, and storytelling. It was a great reminder of how Lawrenceville’s inclusive community makes it such a special place to live!Arsenal 360 Day

Arsenal and Leslie Parks Planning: May 2015 Update

The latest updates to the plans for the park reflect continued feedback from the community, including groups like the Lawrenceville Historical Society, who has been represented on the Steering Committee since the beginning of the project. These plans are still a living document, and your input is needed to continue to shape them. We will continue to invite you to participate in the planning process as we move toward the funding and implementation phases. The accompanying narrative from the firm drafting these plans will be available within the next month.


As this planning process has been the subject of much community discussion, LU put together an information sheet to keep all residents up to date with the planning process and what has been proposed.


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An overhead view of the latest Arsenal Park plan.

Detailed plans below:

Arsenal Plan – May draft

Leslie Plan – May draft

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.