McConway and Torley air quality permit finalized

Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) released the final operating permit for McConway and Torley on Friday, October 26th. Please see below for the relevant documents:
Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation had requested during the public comment period that fenceline monitoring of toxic metals continue, that the emissions testing be conducted more often than every 5 years, that odor complaints need to be addressed, and that further communication/study should be conducted about the impacts of air quality on the health of Lawrenceville residents, especially our most vulnerable. ACHD created a provision in the final operating permit requiring McConway and Torley to do a traverse around the site daily to monitor, record, and address odors. ACHD disagreed with other LU’s other comments or deemed them inapplicable to the operating permit.
LU and LC created a joint letter outlining our disappointment with that result and again reiterating the need for ACHD to continue fenceline monitoring, address odor complaints, and dedicate resources to do further study of epidemiological trends in Lawrenceville. LU presented that letter (see HERE) at the Allegheny County Board of Health meeting on Wednesday, November 7th. A couple Lawrenceville residents also spoke who have recently started a small group of residents to meet monthly with a goal of raising more attention to air quality issues in the neighborhood. If you’re interested in getting involved with that group, please contact for more information.

Recap from Housing For All: Community Feedback & Call to Action

Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation, Councilwoman Deb Gross, and the Department of City Planning held the third and final “Housing For All” community meeting on Monday, November 5th from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s Workforce Development Center. The meeting focused on the proposed Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) for Lawrenceville that would implement inclusionary zoning across the neighborhood. Please see below for materials and notes from the meeting:

Please follow the links below for recaps of the previous two meetings:

Next steps:

  • Sign the petition to support the Lawrenceville Inclusionary Zoning IPOD and share it with your neighbors!
  • Speak an upcoming City Council standing meeting to voice your support for inclusionary zoning! Contact or 412-802-7220 for more information.

Recap from Housing For All: Inclusionary Zoning as a Tool to Preserve Affordability

The second of three “Housing For All” community meetings was held on Wednesday, October 17th at 6 p.m. at Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s Workforce Development Center. The meeting focused on Inclusionary Zoning as a tool to preserve affordability. Please see below for materials and notes from the meeting:

  • Presentation from Lawrenceville United & Lawrenceville Corporation
  • Video introducing Inclusionary Housing
  • Presentation from Department of City Planning
  • Meeting notes from Q&A + break-out groups
  • Follow up questions that were submitted are currently being answered and will be posted here when complete.

The third community meeting, Housing For All: Community Feedback and Call to Action, will take place on Monday, November 5th from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center (118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201). The building is fully accessible. Dinner provided. Childcare available by advance request to LU at 412-802-7220.

For a recap of the first meeting held on 9/28/2018, Housing For All: The State of Housing & Displacement in Lawrenceville, please click here.

Recap from Housing for All: The State of Housing in Lawrenceville

Many thanks to the Office of Councilwoman Deb Gross, Lawrenceville Corporation and the Department of City Planning for partnering on this effort.  The hosting partners provided updates on the state of housing in Lawrenceville, displacement, and what’s being done about it. Thank you to all of the attendees who shared their stories and experiences.

Be sure to check out Lawrenceville United’s Presentation here: The State of Housing in Lawrenceville

We also have the notes that reflect the stories and experiences shared by the session attendees: Housing for All Group Notes

The next event in the Housing for All series happens on October 17, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center at 118 52nd Street – Inclusionary Zoning: a tool to preserve affordability  

Materials from 9th Ward Block Watch on 8/21/2018

In case you missed the 9th Ward Block Watch on 8/21/2018, here are the materials that were shared:

Join us on 9/18/2018 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Lyceum for the next 9th Ward Block Watch.

Recap from 2018 Housing For All Event & Resource Fair

Miss out on our Housing for All event and resource fair? Check out some of the presentations from it here! (Click the link to view each presentation)

View the opening presentation which features basic statistics regarding housing prices, current state of housing, displacement numbers, and more.




11:30-11:45 a.m. – Unlawful Evictions — ACTION Housing

11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Lawrenceville Community Land Trust — Lawrenceville Corporation

12-12:30 p.m. – Law panel — Regional Housing Legal Services, Commission on Human Relations, Neighborhood Legal Services

12:30-12:45 p.m. – Healthy Home Practices — Women for a Healthy Environment

12:45-1 p.m. – Homebuying courses, credit counseling — NeighborWorks

1-1:30 p.m. – Policy tools — Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing


11:30-11:45 a.m. – Home Repair Programs — Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. – Services for single-family homes — ACTION Housing

12-12:15 p.m. – Loans for home improvements — URA

12:15-12:30 p.m. – No-interest loans — Hebrew Free Loan Association

Information on residential permits and violations