LU provides testimony regarding off-street parking design standards

A public hearing at City Council was held on Wed. 4/21 on Council Bill 2021-1085, which creates new design standards for off-street parking for single-family attached homes. This comes after advocacy from Lawrenceville United and 11 other organizations called for this additional measure, among other measures, to limit the propagation of driveway curb cuts on walkable streets, due to the damage they do to public off-street parking, safety and accessibility, housing affordability, the creation of street trees, non-vehicular mobility, and neighborly interaction.

LU and our partners will be provided testimony to support the proposed legislation, and once again advocated for further steps to limit the spread of driveway curb cuts on our walkable blocks. Read our full testimony HERE and contact Dave@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220 to get involved in this issue.

Community Workshops on Clack Site

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A public planning process for the 6.5-acre Clack Facility is kicking off to create a community-led vision for the site! Please join us for the first community engagement workshops to set priorities and community values. All of these meetings are by Zoom and are the same content. Join by Zoom or by phone. Registration required.

 

These workshops are designed to be fun, hands-on, and interactive. No experience or prior knowledge required; all welcomed! Workshops will run for 1-hour to 1-hour and 15-minutes; we would love if you could commit to the whole hour.

 

Three chances to participate:
– Tuesday 4/13, 12-1 p.m.
– Tuesday 4/13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
– Saturday 4/17, 10-11 a.m.

 

Register at bit.ly/Clack15201, or contact Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220 | info@LUnited.org.

 

Applications opening: 35 brand new, affordable units!

35 affordable apartments (1, 2, and 3 BRs) are coming online in Lower Lawrenceville at the brand new Sixth Ward Flats from ACTION Housing (3350 Penn Avenue and 207 34th Street). 8 units are reserved for people with disabilities. Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) are accepted, but not required. LU is available to assist anyone with completing the application, and we will be hand-delivering the applications on April 1st, the day the applications open, to ensure that these applications get first priority, so get in touch with us right away if you plan to apply at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.

Download application HERE.

 

Free food distribution from Trinity Baptist – Sat 3/20

 

The good people at Trinity Baptist Church have partnered with the Food Bank to do a food distribution this Saturday, 3/20 from 1-3 p.m. 75 boxes of food are available, plus other household items. If your household could use a little extra food this week, sign up below or drop by the church at 3415 Ligonier Street during the hours above. Supplies are limited, so signing up in advance is encouraged (though not required).

 

Sign up for food here

2021 LU Board Elections

Want to make a difference in your neighborhood? Consider running for an open position on Lawrenceville United’s Board of Directors!

 

What does the Board do?

The Board governs the organization and is ultimately responsible for LU’s conduct. The Board is responsible for setting LU’s goals in pursuit of its mission to improve and protect quality of life for all Lawrenceville residents, overseeing the Executive Director, monitoring the financial health of the organization, and making key decisions on matters affecting the community. For more information, please see this job description.

 

What’s the commitment like?

Board members are expected to serve at least one full term (2 years), attend monthly Board meetings, participate in at least one Board Committee (which usually meet every other month), participate in the annual Board training, and make a personally meaningful donation to the organization.

 

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Must be Lawrenceville resident or, if no longer resident, have lived at least 1 year in Lawrenceville within the past 15 years.
  • Only individuals 18 years or older who are LU members by 3/1/2021 are eligible (to check your membership status, please email info@LUnited.org).

 

Timeline

  • 3/1 – Deadline to become an LU member to be eligible for 2021 Board
  • 4/15 – Virtual Board Meet & Greet – *RSVP to Dave@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220 to get Zoom details.
  • 5/13 – Deadline to submit a Board application (Word version or PDF)
  • 6/2 – Spring membership meeting
  • 6/30 – First Board meeting

Lawrenceville United is committed to continuing to build a diverse and inclusive Board of Directors and organization, and we especially encourage residents from underrepresented populations to apply: Black, Indigenous & People of Color, renters, parents of school-age children, immigrants, women, older adults, people with disabilities, poor and working class people, and folks in the LGBTQ2IA+ community.

We’re hiring: Community Organizer for PEP Rally program

Lawreneville United is seeking a highly passionate, productive, strategic community organizer to join our team of dedicated community advocates and professional to staff the PEP Rally program, which works with families and community partners to strengthen and support Lawrenceville’s neighborhood public schools. To read the full job description, click HERE. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by March 16, 2021.

LU testimony at PPS public hearing re: proposed school closures on 2/22

In response to a proposed plan to reconfigure Pittsburgh Public Schools, LU provided testimony at the February 22nd public hearing in front of PPS administration and the School Board. Read our full testimony HERE. Are you a parent, caregiver, student, or community member interested in supporting strong public schools? Get involved with our PEP Rally program by reaching out to us at info@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220. We will be keeping the community posted on the status of this proposed plan.

Update: new design standards for driveway curb cuts

New legislation (Council Bill 2021-1085) at the City of Pittsburgh is being considered for design standards for off-street parking for single-family attached homes. This comes after advocacy from Lawrenceville United and 11 other organizations called for this additional measure, among other measures, to limit the propagation of driveway curb cuts on walkable streets, due to the damage they do to public off-street parking, safety and accessibility, housing affordability, the creation of street trees, non-vehicular mobility, and neighborly interaction.

A Planning Commission hearing on the legislation is scheduled for Tuesday 2/23 at 2 p.m. Planning Commission will then provide a recommendation to City Council, who will also have a public hearing and then take final action on the zoning text amendment.

LU and partners will be providing testimony to support the proposed legislation, and once again advocating for further steps to limit the spread of driveway curb cuts on our walkable blocks. Read our full testimony HERE and contact Dave@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220 to get involved in this campaign.

We’re hiring: Shared Finance Manager

The Pittsburgh Community Benefit Organization (CBO) Collaborative–comprised of Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation, Bloomfield Development Corporation, and New Sun Rising–is seeking an experienced, highly organized professional in non-profit financial management to be our Shared Finance Manager!

Read the full job description, salary, and benefits package HERE and apply with cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by 3/12/2021.