216 38th Street

Community Meeting:

Residential Development at 216 38th Street

6th Ward Block Watch
St. Augustine’s Auditorium – 220 37th Street

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“.

Recertification of RPP Area A Issues

A message from the Office of Councilwoman Deborah L. Gross:

This past fall, a series of public meetings were held to explain a proposal to divide what is now known as RPPP Area A into three smaller “sub-areas,” allowing for more efficient and effective enforcement of the Residential Permit Parking Program in Area A. This division was proposed to make enforcement more controllable and manageable. In conjunction with this proposed change, residents living in RPPP Area A were also given the opportunity to update their enforcement hours.

In the time that these changes were proposed to RPPP Area A residents, there was a five-month vacancy in City Council representation in City Council District 7 which was the result of Patrick Dowd’s resignation from City Council in June 2013. Councilwoman Deb Gross was elected to fill this vacancy in a November 2013 election, and was officially sworn-in to represent City Council District 7 – which includes RPPP Area A – in early December of 2013. During this period, our Council office has heard concerns from residents that the proposed changes to Area A occurred without representation for affected residents in City Council.

With this in mind, Councilwoman Gross has asked for this additional mailing to be distributed to residents, allowing neighbors living in Area A an opportunity to express concerns about these proposed changes to our office. For a period of two months, the proposed changes will be postponed to allow time for appropriate community input to Councilwoman Gross on this matter. During this period, the enforcement hours of Area A will remain 7 am to 7 pm. Residents should complete their enclosed renewal forms as normal, and will receive Area A permits, which will be able to be exchanged for permits corresponding to the new sub-areas once the community has the time to express any concerns to their elected representative.

Assuming that community members still feel that Area A should be split in accordance with the plan presented by City Planning, these changes will take effect in April 2013. Our office looks forward to working with residents, community groups, and Mr. Holloway of the City Planning Department to help Area A residents make their voice heard in city government.

Please contact the office of Councilwoman Gross with any questions or concerns, 412-255-2140.

Squareview Apartments (3415-3417 Butler Street)

UPDATE: Zoning Hearing

Zoning Board of Adjustments

200 Ross Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Zone Case #:  37/14

Chip Desmone will present plans for new 4-story multi-residential structure (12 units total) and 4,304 sq.ft. of the first floor to remain vacant for commercial use integral parking spaces.

Seeking relief from the Zoning Code’s maximum height requirement.


On November 25th, Chip Desmone met with community members to present his plan for a 4-floor apartment building adjacent to the current town homes at Doughboy Square.  The project will include first floor retail space, and three floors of residential units (12 units in total), with 12 underground parking stalls and 10 bike parking spaces.  The plan is still in development, and they have not yet requested any zoning approvals, but will be filing with the Zoning Board of Adjustments as part of the development process.  The attendees echoed general concerns over parking and idling cars, but otherwise seemed in favor of the development.


Squareview Apartments LP (Chip Desmone, Managing Partner)  have proposed a new mixed-use development at 3415-3417 Butler Street.   The project will include first floor retail space, and three floors of residential units (12 units in total), with 12 underground parking stalls and 10 bike parking spaces.  The plan is still in development, and they have not yet requested any zoning approvals, but have requested a meeting with the community to talk with the community about the proposed plans, and to address any concerns, questions.  A meeting has been scheduled for November 25, 2013 St. Augustine’s (220 37th Street), 6:30 pm.  For additional information please call LU at 412-802-7220 or email info@Lunited.org.

AdvantAGE Mini-grants

Are you a resident of Lawrenceville looking to engage your neighbors around a project, activity, or program?  Then apply for the Lawrenceville AdvantAGE Grant today!


The Lawrenceville AdvantAGE Grant program was developed out of the Senior AdvantAGE program as an opportunity to create a stronger connection between long-time residents, and also between long-time residents and newer residents.  The grants are designed to support activities that residents will plan.  The goal is to create friendships and a strong sense of community while addressing needs as a community.

The grant program offers “mini-grants” from $10 – $500 to support these activities.


All Lawrenceville residents are eligible, however project must include at least one AdvantAGE member.

Grant Guidelines:

  • Project/ event must take place in Lawrenceville.
  • Project/ event must include a diverse group of residents and at least 5 residents over the age of 60.
  • Project/ event must abide by all criteria listed on the application

What types of projects or activities can the money support?

The project, event, or activity can be whatever you want it to be. Some examples of activities that residents have expressed an interest in doing include the following; but activities should not be limited to:

  • Block parties (may want to rent a tent, hire a D.J., get a street permit, cover food costs)
  • Game nights (may want to purchase board games, refreshments, or rent out a room at Stephen Foster Center)
  • Potluck parties
  • Group dinners or participation in local events and shows (shows at the Greybox Theater,  dinner at a local restaurant)
  • Purchase t-shirts or whistles for a walking club
  • Community service and volunteer events

Applicants will be requested to also report out on their completed project with who participated, what the outcome was.

How Do I Apply?

Fill out the application and return to Lawrenceville United.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to your event.  Applications will be reviewed and a decision will be made within 6 weeks of receipt of the application.


Please call Becky at Lawrenceville United with any questions 412-802-7220.  Email Helen at helen@Lunited.org.

4618 Carlton Street

Wylie Holdings has proposed a new construction town home development for the space.  By following this link, you will be able to see renderings of what they have proposed:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.576983625699434.1073741833.255397811191352&type=1

Not all of the details are set and they are still working on exterior design finishes.  It does look like the new construction buildings will be a bit taller than those existing on the street, but are planned to be 40 ft. high at most, therefore staying within the height that is permitted without seeking variances, etc.  BBI has requested that they take steps to shore the adjacent neighbor’s foundations as well as place fencing at the rear as they excavate, etc.

A hearing was held in front of the Zoning Board of Adjustments on December 5, 9 am.  Neighbors have challenged whether the zero foot contextual setback that was granted is legally correct, or if they should have had to apply with a different application and for other approvals. At the hearing the applicants requested a continuance and the next hearing was scheduled for December 12th at 9:30 am.  LU was notified on Wednesday, December 11th, that the applicants appealing the zoning decision had withdrawn their appeal.

If you would like to discuss in more detail, please contact Lauren at Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220, or lauren@lunited.org

4115 Butler Street – Smoke BBQ and Taqueria

2.25.15 UPDATE

Smoke BBQ Taqueria opened at the beginning of February. Hours are listed as:

Tuesday closed

Mon-Thurs 11-10PM

Friday 11-11PM

Sat-Sun 10-11PM


Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation convened a meeting on December 3, 2013 at Stephen Foster’s to discuss the proposed opening of Smoke BBQ and Taqueria at 4115 Butler Street.  A handful of residents attended, and the owners presented their vision for the space, as well as a general overview for the business and its operations.  Smoke is currently located in Homestead and will be relocating to Lawrenceville.  They are excited to become a part of the community.  They will offer a similar menu as their Homestead location and are planning to be open Tuesday – Wednesday 11 am – 11 pm; Thursday – Friday 11 am – 12 am, Saturday 9 am – 12 pm, and Sunday 9 am – 7pm.  They will be using approximately 2400 sq. ft. of the space that they are leasing for seating and will have dining table seating and bar seating for approx 50 patrons.  They are not seeking a liquor license at this time, and Smoke will operate as BYOB.  Per the zoning code, Smoke does not need to provide any parking space but they will have two available for employee parking.  Smoke will be non-smoking and they are excited to offer a menu that is accessible for Lawrenceville residents and visitors.  Attendees at the meeting did raise concerns about parking and the Lawrenceville Corporation provided a summary of their work on parking projects in the community.  

LU and LC provided a letter of support for the special exception that was sought by Smoke in front of the Zoning Board on December 5, 2013.  Notes from the meeting are available upon request.

2013 Halloween and Light Up Lawrenceville Events

It’s that time of year!  The leaves are changing color, we have a large rubber duck on the river, the Pirates are in the playoffs, and the days are getting shorter and cooler—we’ve reached an amazing fall in Pittsburgh. I remember this day last year, we were perusing the schedule for Hamilton in LA to see if it was feasible.

It is time to plan our annual Lawrenceville holiday parties: Lawrenceville United’s Children’s Halloween Party (ages 14 and under) and Light Up Lawrenceville.  These long-time neighborhood traditions serve hundreds of Lawrenceville children and their families each year.  The Halloween party will be on Saturday, October 26th from 5p – 7p at the Boys and Girls Club and Light Up Lawrenceville will be celebrated with the tree lighting on Thursday, December 5th from 6p – 7p at the Allegheny Cemetery Drive and the children’s party/ cookie mall on Saturday, December 7th from 11a – 2p at the Teamsters Temple (4701 Butler Street).  These events are funded by the community to support the community.


Over 300 children attend each event every year and we continue to look for ways to improve and grow these events into opportunities for long-time and new residents to come together and continue to grow and celebrate. We solicited feedback from participants in the events last year and have made changes to help ensure that more residents and stakeholders are able to enjoy the festivities. For example, this Halloween, we will again host the party at the Boys and Girls Club.  The venue is a great space for the event, and it is a chance to partner with a major resource in our community.  In addition, we are working to create an even bigger, and more exciting, haunted house for the children, and will certainly have a great DJ for the monster mash, in addition to many more fun activities!


Similarly, we have worked to organize a Light Up Lawrenceville event that compliments some of the other exciting events happening in the neighborhood in honor of the holiday season.  Light Up Lawrenceville and the Joy of Cookies Tour will continue to work together to bring something for everyone to our event.  To better connect with the weekend festivities, we are moving our tree lighting event to Thursday (12.5.2013) to formally launch the Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour and the weekend of festivities for Lawrenceville.  Our traditional Light Up Lawrenceville: Children’s Party will be held during the Cookie Mall on Saturday (12.7.2012).  Santa will be available for pictures and with gifts for each child, and we will have fun activities and crafts for all families to enjoy.


These events could not be done with out the following supporters:

Southwestern Family Services
Sargent Electric
Boys & Girls Club
Pressure Chemical Company
Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh, Inc.
Cutitta Chiropractic
D’Alessandro Funeral Home & Crematory, Ltd.
Desmone & Associates Architects
La Gourmandine
Lawrenceville Corporation
Paragon Foods
Prism Stained Glass
Tom Troy Enterprises, Inc.
Walter J. Zalewski Funeral Homes Inc.
Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association
Dive Bar & Grill
General Teamsters Local Union 249
Harvey Lipsitz Company
Pusadee’s Garden
Schaefers Office Furniture Upholstery Service, Inc.
Senko Construction
T’s Upholstery Studio
Crystal Bead Bazaar
Gallery on 43rd Street
Jones Furniture Design
Poillucci Plumbing Inc

Arsenal Park Community Planning

November 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8
220 40th Street

[Entrance is located on 40th Street across from St. John’s Way.
Separate Handicapped access available as well.]

Join us to begin discussion around planning and developing Arsenal Park into a great place for residents, visitors, and all community stakeholders!

Child care provided for children 3 – 12 years old and transportation also provided upon request.
Please RSVP: 412.802.7220 | info@lunited.org