The Vandal (4306 Butler St.)


Owners of the building 4306 Butler Street, Joe Hilty and Emily Slagel, are planning to open a casual dining restaurant there this summer. The restaurant will be open 11am – 10pm 6 days a week (closed Mondays) and will offer mid-price options like sandwiches ($8-10) and simple entrees ($12-18). Emily, who also owns Mid-Atlantic Mercantile at 4415 Butler St., is responsible for the interior design, while Joe plans to cook and run the day-to-day operations.

They are not currently pursuing any zoning changes or a liquor license, so no community process is required of them. However, they are considering applying for a liquor license within the next 1-2 years to add a small number of beer and wine options, which would initiate the responsible hospitality process involving opportunity for public comment.  The owners have made themselves available to residents with concerns about the restaurant’s impact on neighbors, so please contact LU in order to get in touch with them with any further questions.

Arsenal and Leslie Parks Planning: March Update


You are invited to a Community Parks Celebration, Thursday, March 26th, from 6-8pm! The celebration will be held at the Greybox Theater, 3595 Butler Street, and will feature an unveiling of the Arsenal and Leslie Parks master plans.  Enjoy refreshments and celebrate the culmination of a planning process that has engaged residents, business owners, athletic clubs, local schools, park enthusiasts, and countless other stakeholders to ensure that the designs reflect the interests of the community.


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 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.

Arsenal Park Plans March 2015

Leslie Park Plans March 2015

Round Corner Cantina (3720 Butler)

March 4, 2015

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.
- Parking
- 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.

February 25, 2015

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 for more information.


Meeting: March 3, 6:30pm at St Augustine’s, 220 37th Street

Grapperia (3801 Butler St.)

2.25.2015 UPDATE

A meeting was held on 2.23 with owners of Grapperia. Details about the project can be found at the link below.

Grapparia Info Sheet



Domenic Branduzzi, owner of Piccolo Forno located at 3801 Butler Street, has proposed to open Grapperia behind his current restaurant (in the space formerly occupied by Jeffrey Smith Studio).  The Grapperia 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.


47th and Plummer


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:
   -shared driveway
   -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.

47th and plummer

Kindergarten Early Enrollment Week at Arsenal

If your child is turning 5 years old before September 30th, then it’s time to enroll for kindergarten!

Join us at the Arsenal Parent Welcome Center at the Arsenal PreK-5 cafeteria at 215 39th Street on Monday 2/9 and Wednesday 2/11 from 8-8:30 AM or 1:30-2:15 PM.

  • Learn what makes Arsenal Elementary an All-Star school!
  • Friendly faces to help enroll your child for kindergarten
  • Refreshments provided!

To enroll your child, bring:

  1. Birth certificate of child
  2. Child’s immunization record
  3. 2 proofs of address (utility bills, driver’s license or state ID, tax return)

Questions? Call Arsenal Elementary at 412.529.7307.