Recap from Health Dept. presentation on the air quality permit process

In advance of Allegheny County Health Department’s upcoming release of the draft operating permit for McConway and Torley, Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation hosted a community meeting with ACHD on 10/4/2017 regarding the air quality permit process, what to look for, and how the public can engage.

Please see below for materials from the meeting:

    • Powerpoint from ACHD
    • Full video of the presentation and Q&A:

According to ACHD, the draft operating permit for McConway and Torley will be released at the end of October or at the beginning of November. A minimum 30-day public comment period will ensue, during which community members can provide input on the draft operating permit.

LU and LC will schedule a community meeting with ACHD specific to the McConway and Torley operating draft within that period, and are also working with ACHD around scheduling a public hearing in Lawrenceville.

For any questions, please contact LU at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.

Why air quality matters:

  • Current levels of pollution still place the City of Pittsburgh in the dirtiest 15% in the country for particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5)
  • Pittsburgh is the 8th most polluted city in America for PM 2.5, and the 26th most polluted city for ozone.
  • Air pollution is the 4th highest-ranking risk factor for death globally, and the 10th highest-ranking risk factor in the United States.
  • The health effects of air pollution include increased risks of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, asthma & respiratory disease, reproductive and developmental outcomes.

Free mini-consultations with architects at “Housing For All” event

Got a home project in mind? Want a personal consultation with an architect or landscape architect? FREE 15-minute mini-consultations with architects from the Design Center are available from 12-2 PM this Saturday 8/12 at the Lawrenceville “Housing For All” Event & Workshop sponsored by Allegheny Valley Bank / Standard Bank. Sign up using the Google Form HERE and bring your photos/drawings/plans with you!

The Lawrenceville “Housing for All” Event & Workshop starts promptly at 12 noon on Saturday 8/12 at the Persad Center (5301 Butler Street, Suite 100) and will last until 4 PM with a full day of presentations, discussions, and resources related to housing for renters, homeowners, and prospective homebuyers. Free lunch, childcare, and LED lighbulb & nightlight giveaways from Duquesne Light. Topics include renters rights, affordable homeownership programs in Lawrenceville, a legal panel, weatherization programs, abating lead in your home, and much more. Please see flyer and schedule below for more information.

 

Nominations open for Neighbor of the Year and Outstanding Community Partner!

 

Make your nominations now for Neighbor of the Year and Outstanding Community Partner for 2017. Recipients of the award will be recognized at LIVE! in Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville United’s annual fundraiser. For more information about LIVE!, check out our Facebook event listing or buy your tickets on Eventbrite.

 

Neighbor of the Year

The Neighbor of the Year award will go to a Lawrenceville resident who has a strong record of service, who has given back to the neighborhood and has gone above and beyond. Neighbor of the Year may also be a community advocate who has worked tirelessly to grow and improve the community fabric of Lawrenceville.

Past winners include: Sarah Koenig (2016), Tina Russell (2015), and Ashley Brandolph (2014).

Nominate a Neighbor of the Year

 

Outstanding Community Partner

The Outstanding Community Partner award will go to a business or organization that has been a major champion of Lawrenceville and the residents, and has given support, beyond expectation, to the community and residents.

Past winners include: Dive Bar & Grill (2016),  Tree Pittsburgh (2015), and State Senator Jim Ferlo (2014).

Nominate an Outstanding Community Partner

 

All nominations will be accepted until midnight on Sunday, August 20th 2017.

Back to School Bash

You’re invited to the 4th Annual Back to School Bash in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville from 11-1pm on Saturday, August 19th

FREE family event hosted by Encounter Church, New Bethel Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church, and Lawrenceville United to promote a prepared start to the school year. Over 300 backpacks will be given away filled with school supplies! There will be fun and educational kids activities including free food, face painting, music, and a bounce house.

Staff from local schools and youth programs will be there with kids activities and sign ups for fall programs. Come on out. It’s going to be so much fun!
Stick around afterwards for the Lawrenceville Farmers Market from 1 pm to 4pm!

For more information, please call Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220, visit www.encounterpgh.com or check out the event page on Facebook.

*Rain Location: New Bethel Baptist Church *

Update on Morgan’s Barbecue (proposed restaurant at 4501 Butler Street)

Please see below for some updates on plans for Morgan’s Barbecue, a proposed new restaurant at 4501 Butler Street.

  • Their Zoning Board of Adjustments hearing is Thursday, May 11th at 8:50 AM at 200 Ross Street in the 1st floor conference room.
  • For meeting minutes on the most recent community meeting on 5/1/17, please click here.
  • Morgan’s Barbecue’s most recent site plan, which has changed since the community meeting on 5/1/17 in response to comments that were raised there, is available here and below.
  • The revised list of variances/special exceptions they’re seeking from the Zoning Board of Adjustments is available here.
  • LU and LC worked with Morgan’s Barbecue on terms of a community agreement that addresses concerns raised by the community, specifically related to future expansion of the outdoor seating area, outdoor entertainment uses, hours of operation for the outdoor area and garage doors, smoke capture, noise mitigation, security, deliveries, and trash collection. To see the terms of that agreement, please click here.

For any questions or feedback, please contact Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220.