May’s General Membership Meeting

 

2015 Membership Meeting Full Survey Results-page-001A special thank-you to those who attended LU’s recent membership meeting. Nearly 60 Lawrenceville residents came to speak their minds, giving us the information we need to better serve the community. The meeting was a productive discussion about how we can all come together to address our various priorities for our neighborhood. We are incorporating your feedback into our programs every day! Join us for LIVE! in Lawrenceville (Sept. 19) for updates on how your ideas have shaped our work.

 

Results from the priorities survey filled out by members at the meeting can be found below.

 

2015 Membership Meeting Full Survey Results

Garden Steward Opening

The community garden at 48th and Butler is looking for its next garden steward. Garden stewards are tasked with the responsibility of watering and maintaining local gardens for all to enjoy. It is a two to five hour per week time commitment and a perfect outlet for any avid gardener looking to give their green thumb a workout. Contact helen@lunited.org for more information.

The Goldmark (formerly Salud)

5.15.15

A meeting was held at the Boys and Girls Club on May 13th for Adam Kulik and Nicole Billitto to present their plans for The Gold Mark (formerly Salud). The Gold Mark is a proposed bar that will serve traditional and craft beer and cocktails ($3-$10) along with a limited food menu of classic bar food ($4-$10). There will be 15 seats at the bar, some high-top and bench seating in the back of the space and 2 café tables on the sidewalk. The goal is to create a safe, comfortable neighborhood bar atmosphere, and the target clientele is local residents aged 25+. Entertainment will include DJs on the weekends, and the owners plan to install soundproofing in order to lessen the noise in the area. Patrons will be encouraged to park on Butler Street, and a doorman will be present on weekends. Limited renovations on the space are slated to begin at the end of May, and the owners expect to open by August 1st. Residents in attendance raised concerns with existing conditions regarding nighttime parking and noise.  LU will continue to work with LC to identify short and long term parking solutions, as well as work with business owners and public safety departments to address late night and early morning noise.

Below you will find a fact sheet with additional information about the project.

The Goldmark Info Sheet

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.
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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 info@LUnited.org for more information.

 

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

The Lounge- 4121 Butler Street (Formerly Double D’S)

2.9.2015

The Lounge opened for business over the weekend of January 30th 2015. Mr. Borelli will be available at the 9th Ward Happenings Block watch on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm to answer questions and listen to feedback from the community.

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Vincenzo Borrelli, an owner of RichVin, Inc. has applied for a person to person transfer of liquor license R-16522 to open The Lounge at 4121 Butler Street (currently Double D’s). Mr. Borrelli previously owned and operated Mezza Note in Bloomfield.  LU met with Mr. Borrelli on 1/22/15 to tour the location, and he will be present at the 9th Ward Happenings Block watch on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm at St. Mary’s Lyceum – 330 45th Street.

The Lounge- 4121 Butler Street (Formerly Double D’S)

2.9.2015

The Lounge opened for business over the weekend of January 30th 2015. Mr. Borelli will be available at the 9th Ward Happenings Block watch on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm to answer questions and listen to feedback from the community.

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Vincenzo Borrelli, an owner of RichVin, Inc. has applied for a person to person transfer of liquor license R-16522 to open The Lounge at 4121 Butler Street (currently Double D’s). Mr. Borrelli previously owned and operated Mezza Note in Bloomfield.  LU met with Mr. Borrelli on 1/22/15 to tour the location, and he will be present at the 9th Ward Happenings Block watch on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm at St. Mary’s Lyceum – 330 45th Street.

53rd and Butler Construction/ Development

12.26.2014

Owners of the site have added additional office space to the site that sits on the river side of Butler and stretches from McCandless to 53rd Street.  An existing driveway and curb cut from Butler is being reused for site access, and the office space will include PERSAD Center and a tech firm as tenants.  Long term plans may include additional development along Butler, but we will confirm as we learn more from the owner of the site.

Senti – 3473 Butler Street

2.25.15 UPDATE

Senti (3473 Butler Street) opened on January 20, 2015.

Hours are listed as:

Tue – Thu:

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fri – Sat:

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sun:

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Franco Braccia and Annette Ishida will be opening Senti in January 2015.  Senti is proposed to be a high end Italian restaurant and wine bar/lounge.  The atmosphere will be sophisticated.  They plan to be open 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sundays.  Franco and Annette have an agreement to use the parking lot across the street for customers (30+ spaces).  Franco and Annette have applied for a liquor license and have committed to working with the community to mitigate any impact.

Spirit Lounge -120 51st Street

12.10.14

Community meetings were held with the owners of Spirit (the former Moose Lodge Building). They have proposed to open a restaurant/bar with a pizzeria  on the 1st Floor of the building and an event hall on the 2nd Floor with outside seating along 50th Street.  LU and LC are working with Councilwoman Gross, the owners, the LCB to create a Conditional License Agreement for the business.  LU and LC attended the zoning hearing held last week to reiterate the need for adequate parking, a full landscaping plan, and code-compliant and attractive screening on the 50th St. side of the property, in addition to responsible operation of the business.  A follow up community meeting will be held in early 2015.

Businesses Invited to the School Partnership Program

Lawrenceville United’s PEP Rally would like to invite Lawrenceville business’ to participate in our new initiative, the School Partnership Program. PEP Rally is dedicated to the belief that strong public schools benefit the entire
community, and that education is best when schools, families, and communities work together. With that in
mind, the School Partnership program was created to connect local businesses with our neighborhood public
schools and their students, and we would like to invite you to participate to support Arsenal.

Please follow the links below to find more information on the program, and to learn how to sign up.