Brian Mendelssohn of Botero Development attended a community meeting on October 14th to present his plans for 8 residential units at 260 42nd Street. Residents were generally supportive, but concerned around the additional cars in the area. Mr. Mendelssohn agreed to write into his leases that residents are NOT allowed to participate in the Residential Permit Parking program. This was reiterated at the zoning hearing on October 17th when he asked the Zoning Board of Adjustments to make this a condition of any approvals. Mr. Mendelssohn and residents are exploring other options to make the parking plans part of the property itself, thus protecting residents from future owners of the property. Currently the plan is being reviewed by the Zoning Board of Adjustments and a decision will be rendered in the next 30 days.
LU continues to receive many questions and concerns around parking. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority attended the Happenings Block Watch in September and discussed issues relative to enforcement and the new meters that will be installed in Lawrenceville.
Some residents were concerned that their streets are not being enforced effectively. Since the meeting, the Parking Authority has shared information on where tickets are issued and how often. If you have concerns about your specific streets, you can contact LU or the District 7 Council Office to receive this information. Additionally, many Upper Lawrenceville residents and business owners have contacted us with questions about their area. There are questions about introducing permit parking to Upper Lawrenceville and also questions regarding residents who may live along Butler St. and how they may also be able to opt into a Residential Permit Parking Program if it becomes available. The Department of City Planning will be scheduling a meeting within the next few weeks to discuss these issues with residents in Upper Lawrenceville specifically. Once a meeting has been scheduled, notices will be sent out inviting residents to a meeting. At this meeting, Ashley Holloway, the City Planner who leads the Residential Permit Parking program would review the Residential Permit Process Program, how residents can pursue the program, and answer questions or concerns.
Apart from these updates, the Lawrenceville Corporation continues to work with a Parking Committee comprised of residents, developers, business owners, and other agency representatives to implement some of the recommendations called out in the Parking Study completed in 2012.
From Matthew Galluzzo, Executive Director Lawrenceville Corporation
As many of you know, the Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) has been working over the past year with our neighborhood partners and Collier Development LP, the owners of the former Iron City Brewery site, to complete a master planning process that would guide redevelopment efforts on the site. Despite our best efforts to convince them otherwise, it appears that Collier Development LP is uninterested in developing, and being guided by, a candid understanding of whether various historic buildings at the former brewery site could feasibly be reused. Their lack of flexibility has made a fruitful planning effort impossible. Last week the LC notified Collier Development LP that we would be withdrawing from the process. To read more, please visit: http://lvpgh.com/icb.
National Night Out 2013:
Tuesday, August 6th, Lawrenceville United hosted another year of National Night Out. An annual, national celebration focused around community-building and public safety. This year we were at the newest of the Lawrenceville gardens, Paper Street Place. It is located next door to the Moose on 51st Street and is also the most recent Love Your Block project, a project of the Home Depot Foundation and the Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
It was a wonderful evening with so many partners. Encounter Church and Digital Salad set-up craft stations and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Alcohol Education department, Carnegie Library – Lawrenceville, Children’s Hospital’s Family Care Connection, and others all came together to make it a wonderful night! We want to thank all the residents, the Moose board members, Commander Holmes, Councilman Bill Peduto, Judge Ceoffe, and so many others who enjoyed the food and wonderful company. Check out all of our pictures from the event and see if you can spot yourself!
In addition, we wanted to let you know that the work done by volunteers to revitalize Paper Street Place through the Love Your Block program, did NOT go unnoticed. An additional award to continue to revitalize the space was awarded by the Love Your Block program!! We would like to invite you to join us on October 5th to plant ground covers, install more lighting, clear out debris, and a few other items to truly transform the space into a wonderful community asset.