THIS WEEKEND 6.7.2014: Farmers’ Market Opening Day and Riverfront Picnic!

The Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market is back for its 4th year on June 7th from 12:30p – 4:00p.  The day will be celebrated with our Opening Day Pig Roast, courtesy of Butcher on Butler, and special event partnership with Lawrenceville United and the Lawrenceville Corporation, the Picnic at the 10th Ward Riverfront.

The Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market

The Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday afternoon from 12:30p – 4:00p in the Goodwill parking lot, 118 52nd Street, June through October.  The market will host nearly a dozen local growers and producers.  The selections will include seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, local meats, and delicious treats.

The market is open weekly June through October, but each week brings exciting opportunities, besides the great vendors.  Every month you can expect:

  • Fun Comes First!  The first Saturday of every month will offer picnic style lunches, artisanal demonstrations and kids’ activities.
  • Second Saturday Sale!  On the second Saturday of every month, we’re partnering up with the Neighborhood Flea to bring handmade crafts, goods and artwork to the market!
  • Saturday is for Growing!  On the third Saturdays local food means fresh food for the generations.  A variety of gardening classes and demonstrations through the Lawrenceville Organic Community Gardens as well as activities for children and adults will be offered.
  • Here’s to your Health!  Fourth Saturdays of the month feature free monthly health screening and a chair massage provided by Cutitta Chiropractic or check out one of our nutrition based cooking classes!

Stay up to date with activities and events by visiting our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LawrencevillePGHFarmersMarket.

Picnic at the 10th Ward Riverfront

The Picnic is an initiative that stemmed from recent planning efforts from the 10th Ward Community Plan.  Visitors are encourage to bring a blanket or chair, grab some food from Butcher on Butler’s pig roast at the Farmer’s Market, and take the short walk down Harrison Street to McCandless Ave for a community picnic.  Click here for a map of the area.

The Picnic will run from 1p – 7p with food trucks arriving after the market is closed.  Click here for a flyer of the event.

 

Arsenal Middle and Elementary connect and give back to Arsenal Park through day of service

Arsenal Students Plant FlowersOn Thursday, May 29th, 170 students from Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 and Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-5 beautified Arsenal Park, learned about the environment and history of the space, and helped shape its future design. A great day was had by Arsenal students, families, and staff alike, with new flowers planted to greet park guests at the central entrances. The event was put together by Arsenal parents, members of Public Allies, and Lawrenceville United’s PEP Rally program. Thank you to Arsenal and to all the community partners that helped make the day a success! For more information about the day, check out this article from the Post-Gazette or this KDKA piece.

Last Call for Summer Camp Staff!

APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 14TH

In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, we have a few more slots lefts for Lawrenceville Summer Celebration Day Camp’s camp staff.  We hire several counselors to oversee the children in their assigned age group and also a Camp Coordinator to oversee all daily operations and logistics for camp.  If you are interested in applying, check out the job descriptions below:

Camp Coordinator

Camp Counselor

 

Lawrenceville United is Recruiting for part-time Bookkeeper – STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Lawrenceville United

Job Description: Bookkeeper

Job Summary
The Bookkeeper of the Lawrenceville United (LU) is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day finances of the organization, including managing LU accounts and preparing reports for staff and Board members at regular intervals. The Bookkeeper reports to the Executive Director and works closely with an outside auditor to prepare the organization’s annual audited statements.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Performs duties and responsibilities which may include the following tasks:

General Accounting:
• General ledger data entry and maintenance, bank reconciliations, bill paying, acquiring corporate signatures for bill paying, making bank deposits and any other business relating to the financial issues of the corporation.
• Maintenance of accounts payable and general files.
• Organize information for the annual audit, which includes preparing balance sheets, profit & loss statements, and creating spreadsheets to verify balances.
• Serves as staff for Finance Committee; prepares relevant reports and agendas and convenes monthly meeting.
• Cash flow management.
• Invoice grant providers to receive funding dollars.
• Responsible for handling petty cash.

Custodial Responsibilities:
• Work with various groups to supply financial support and accounting reports.
• Deposit checks and make invoice payments.

Office and Human Resources Management:
• Monitors and ensures compliance with all governmental and funder requirements for non-profits, insurance, 501 c3 status, etc.
• Handles all leases for office equipment (i.e. phones, copiers, computers etc.).
• Oversee all insurance matters including health insurance, life insurance, general liability insurance, etc.
• Processes monthly payroll.
• Tracks vacation, sick, comp, and personal days.
• Maintains personnel files.
• Reconciles quarterly payroll reports.
• Handles employee benefits (hospitalization, dental plan and workers compensation).
• General administrative and clerical work as necessary.

Experience, Education & Abilities
• A bachelor’s degree or certification in accounting or related field.
• Experience working in community development field is preferred.
• Three or more years of progressively responsible related experience in an accounting role.
• Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse constituency.
• Working knowledge of Quickbooks is necessary.
• Working knowledge of Excel and Word.
• Ability to work independently in a small non-profit environment.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience, $13-$16/ hour. Flexible hours, 10-15 hours per week.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@lunited.org by 5 pm April 3, 2014.

Fort Willow Development

5.21.2015

Please see this presentation from Fort Willow Developers for drawings and further details about the project.

Summary: A meeting was held on April 27, 2015 at the National Robotics center on the Fort Willow development project. Over 60 people were in attendance and the architect, principal, and a traffic engineer presented the designs for the project.

 

Phase 1 will consist of a 191-unit apartment building that will be set back 25-29 feet from Willow Street. Only half of the former Interlocking Deck Systems property will be developed during this phase, and a parklet that will be available to the public is planned for the front of the building on Willow.

Variances Requested: An 8ft. variance is requested for the setback requirement for the majority of the building, with an 18ft. variance requested for the section closest to Willow St., and a 2ft. variance requested for the back of the building.

Timeline: Plans call for demolition to begin July 2015, foundation preparation to occur in October or November 2015, with phase 1 completion scheduled for May or June 2017.

Public Access: The Bay 4 connector will remain in place, but be stripped of siding and roofing, to leave exposed steel beams with an unobstructed view of the river looking down 41st Street. This space will be open to the public as a pedestrian walkway, but will be owned by Fort Willow Developers.

Historical Design: The design of the apartment building is intended to reflect the industrial history of the site and of Lawrenceville.

Truck Loading: Truck loading will take place in the back in under-building parking lot.

Trash Storage: Trash will be stored internally at the back of the building.

Public Transportation: To meet the demands of increased public transportation ridership, LU and LC will work with Councilwoman Gross to demand more frequency and stop options for residents as needed. Councilwoman Gross also mentioned that alternatives can be pursued, such as developing a bike path downtown in advance of more large-scale development plans.

Affordability: Fort Willow Developers are not pursing affordable housing funding. There will be 550 sq. ft micro-units and 750 sq ft. studios available, which will be less expensive than larger units.

Parking: There will be a 153 parking spaces for the building– 50 under the building, 103 in a parking lot adjacent to the apartments. This number of parking spaces is in excess of city requirements. There is currently a 40-car parking lot also owned by Fort Willow Developers, at 40th and Willow. This lot could be used on a temporary basis if needed, but may be part of a later phase of development.

Mixed Use: No retail units have been planned for the development, and phase 1 will be entirely residential.

From the Q&A segment:                          

The parking lot will not be screened with a fence, but it will be densely planted.

The building at Willow and 41st (currently used as the office of Alex Simakis) will not be included in the development for now.

Fort Willow Developers have been working with a traffic engineer and the Department of Public Works to address the impact of construction of the site on the roads.

There was a zoning board meeting for the project scheduled for June 4, 2015.

4.16.2015

A community meeting has been scheduled for April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Robotics Engineering Center at 10 40th Street. Flyers will be distributed to residents living nearby the site, but as always, any member of the Lawrenceville community is welcome to attend to hear updates and submit questions and concerns.

12.2.2014

Alex Simakis, owner of a five-acre site that includes a 120.000 sq. ft. industrial building at 40th/ Willow. convened a meeting on November 17, 2014 at the Ice House with those residents and property owners closest to the site.  Mr. Simakis is working with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative to design a strategy to redevelop the property.  Mr. Simakis and his team presented conceptual ideas to those directly adjacent neighbors and residents and property owners raised questions, concerns, and shared some of the history and stories of that site. Some of the ideas include preserving the history of the site,establishing a public corridor that would reconnect 41st Street with the site, and would add commercial and residential development.   This was the first of many community conversations regarding the site. Mr. Simakis will be bringing a Traffic Engineer on board to asses the conditions of the site as well.  Mr Simakis expects to develop the plan and concepts over the next year with construction to possibly begin in 2016. Stay tuned for the next meeting!

Lawrenceville United Releases 2014 Vacant Land RFPs

In an effort to find responsible ownership and care for unwanted parcels and vacant homes, Lawrenceville United offers the acquisition of the property through an Request for Proposal program (RFP).  Each RFP will have information on the land available, as well as timelines and instructions for submissions.

 

2014 Vacant Lot RFP

 

2014 Vacant House RFP

3813 Penn Avenue – Arsenal Cider Lot

Community Meeting:

Off-site Parking for 300 39th Street
6th Ward Block Watch
St. Augustine’s Auditorium – 220 37th Street
2.24.2014
7:00p

Arsenal Cider House, located at 300 39th Street will be presenting plans relevant to the special exceptions that they are seeking for 3813 Penn Avenue from the Zoning Board of Adjustments in a hearing scheduled for March 6th at 9 am at 200 Ross Street to do the following:

  • Create 4 off-site parking spaces to be available for customer and employee use.
  • Allow retail sales to have food trucks, caterer’s, and others set up and sell directly to customers or  to the public.
  • Allow outdoor entertainment in the milder months.  Music would feature jazz, bluegrass, and traditional music.

Bill Larkin will be on hand to discuss the proposed plans and to answer any questions or concerns.

3813 Penn Avenue – Arsenal Cider Lot

Community Meeting:

Off-site Parking for 300 39th Street
6th Ward Block Watch
St. Augustine’s Auditorium – 220 37th Street
2.24.2014
7:00p

Arsenal Cider House, located at 300 39th Street will be presenting plans relevant to the special exceptions that they are seeking for 3813 Penn Avenue from the Zoning Board of Adjustments in a hearing scheduled for March 6th at 9 am at 200 Ross Street to do the following:

  • Create 4 off-site parking spaces to be available for customer and employee use.
  • Allow retail sales to have food trucks, caterer’s, and others set up and sell directly to customers or  to the public.
  • Allow outdoor entertainment in the milder months.  Music would feature jazz, bluegrass, and traditional music.

Bill Larkin will be on hand to discuss the proposed plans and to answer any questions or concerns.

216 38th Street

Community Meeting:

Residential Development at 216 38th Street

6th Ward Block Watch
St. Augustine’s Auditorium – 220 37th Street
2.24.2014
7:00p

Desmone & Associates 216 38th Street:
New two story, two family detached structure with rooftop deck and a stair enclose and with 5’ x 15’ 7” front porch and 5’ x 12’ rear deck; 3-car parking area at rear with a carport.

City-wide Responsible Hospitality Planning:

Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation, and other community organizations and agencies have been working closely with City of Pittsburgh departments and the Responsible Hospitality Institute (link) to create a plan and recommendations to help steward the growth of responsible managed nighttime entertainment districts in our City, including the Lawrenceville business district.  In 2013, the Lawrenceville community organizations worked with CTAC to collect data on the business district and continued to facilitate our community process relative to new or expanding bars and restaurants, and hospitality businesses.  We will continue this work in 2014 and are excited to see that some of those city-wide recommendations will begin to be implemented:  “Peduto to add new position for “night-time economy“.