Arsenal and Leslie Parks Planning: March Update

3.11.2015

You are invited to a Community Parks Celebration, Thursday, March 26th, from 6-8pm! The celebration will be held at the Greybox Theater, 3595 Butler Street, and will feature an unveiling of the Arsenal and Leslie Parks master plans.  Enjoy refreshments and celebrate the culmination of a planning process that has engaged residents, business owners, athletic clubs, local schools, park enthusiasts, and countless other stakeholders to ensure that the designs reflect the interests of the community.

3.2.2015

Two open houses were held, February 26 and 28, featuring the latest draft of the plans for Arsenal and Leslie Park. The plans will remain on display in the basement at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville until March 13, 2015. You can view them there or at the links below.

We welcome your questions and feedback! Please direct them to info@lunited.org. The plans will be finalized by the end of March, and will be unveiled at a community celebration on March 26 at 6-8pm. Location is TBD, so check our calendar for details as the date gets closer.

Arsenal Park Plans March 2015

Leslie Park Plans March 2015

Arsenal and Leslie Parks Planning: March Update

3.11.2015

You are invited to a Community Parks Celebration, Thursday, March 26th, from 6-8pm! The celebration will be held at the Greybox Theater, 3595 Butler Street, and will feature an unveiling of the Arsenal and Leslie Parks master plans.  Enjoy refreshments and celebrate the culmination of a planning process that has engaged residents, business owners, athletic clubs, local schools, park enthusiasts, and countless other stakeholders to ensure that the designs reflect the interests of the community.

3.2.2015

Two open houses were held, February 26 and 28, featuring the latest draft of the plans for Arsenal and Leslie Park. The plans will remain on display in the basement at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville until March 13, 2015. You can view them there or at the links below.

We welcome your questions and feedback! Please direct them to info@lunited.org. The plans will be finalized by the end of March, and will be unveiled at a community celebration on March 26 at 6-8pm. Location is TBD, so check our calendar for details as the date gets closer.

Arsenal Park Plans March 2015

Leslie Park Plans March 2015

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

Grapperia (3801 Butler St.)

2.25.2015 UPDATE

A meeting was held on 2.23 with owners of Grapperia. Details about the project can be found at the link below.

Grapparia Info Sheet

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2.12.2015

Domenic Branduzzi, owner of Piccolo Forno located at 3801 Butler Street, has proposed to open Grapperia behind his current restaurant (in the space formerly occupied by Jeffrey Smith Studio).  The Grapperia would be a small wine bar where his restaurant patrons and others could enjoy a class of wine while waiting for a table or after dinner.  Mr. Branduzzi has applied for a liquor license to operate the wine bar.  He will attend the 6th Ward Block Watch on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:30 at St. Augustine’s Parish Hall ( 220 37th Street) to present plans to neighbors, and to answer any questions or concerns.

 

Fort Willow Development

5.21.2015

Please see this presentation from Fort Willow Developers for drawings and further details about the project.

Summary: A meeting was held on April 27, 2015 at the National Robotics center on the Fort Willow development project. Over 60 people were in attendance and the architect, principal, and a traffic engineer presented the designs for the project.

 

Phase 1 will consist of a 191-unit apartment building that will be set back 25-29 feet from Willow Street. Only half of the former Interlocking Deck Systems property will be developed during this phase, and a parklet that will be available to the public is planned for the front of the building on Willow.

Variances Requested: An 8ft. variance is requested for the setback requirement for the majority of the building, with an 18ft. variance requested for the section closest to Willow St., and a 2ft. variance requested for the back of the building.

Timeline: Plans call for demolition to begin July 2015, foundation preparation to occur in October or November 2015, with phase 1 completion scheduled for May or June 2017.

Public Access: The Bay 4 connector will remain in place, but be stripped of siding and roofing, to leave exposed steel beams with an unobstructed view of the river looking down 41st Street. This space will be open to the public as a pedestrian walkway, but will be owned by Fort Willow Developers.

Historical Design: The design of the apartment building is intended to reflect the industrial history of the site and of Lawrenceville.

Truck Loading: Truck loading will take place in the back in under-building parking lot.

Trash Storage: Trash will be stored internally at the back of the building.

Public Transportation: To meet the demands of increased public transportation ridership, LU and LC will work with Councilwoman Gross to demand more frequency and stop options for residents as needed. Councilwoman Gross also mentioned that alternatives can be pursued, such as developing a bike path downtown in advance of more large-scale development plans.

Affordability: Fort Willow Developers are not pursing affordable housing funding. There will be 550 sq. ft micro-units and 750 sq ft. studios available, which will be less expensive than larger units.

Parking: There will be a 153 parking spaces for the building– 50 under the building, 103 in a parking lot adjacent to the apartments. This number of parking spaces is in excess of city requirements. There is currently a 40-car parking lot also owned by Fort Willow Developers, at 40th and Willow. This lot could be used on a temporary basis if needed, but may be part of a later phase of development.

Mixed Use: No retail units have been planned for the development, and phase 1 will be entirely residential.

From the Q&A segment:                          

The parking lot will not be screened with a fence, but it will be densely planted.

The building at Willow and 41st (currently used as the office of Alex Simakis) will not be included in the development for now.

Fort Willow Developers have been working with a traffic engineer and the Department of Public Works to address the impact of construction of the site on the roads.

There was a zoning board meeting for the project scheduled for June 4, 2015.

4.16.2015

A community meeting has been scheduled for April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Robotics Engineering Center at 10 40th Street. Flyers will be distributed to residents living nearby the site, but as always, any member of the Lawrenceville community is welcome to attend to hear updates and submit questions and concerns.

12.2.2014

Alex Simakis, owner of a five-acre site that includes a 120.000 sq. ft. industrial building at 40th/ Willow. convened a meeting on November 17, 2014 at the Ice House with those residents and property owners closest to the site.  Mr. Simakis is working with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative to design a strategy to redevelop the property.  Mr. Simakis and his team presented conceptual ideas to those directly adjacent neighbors and residents and property owners raised questions, concerns, and shared some of the history and stories of that site. Some of the ideas include preserving the history of the site,establishing a public corridor that would reconnect 41st Street with the site, and would add commercial and residential development.   This was the first of many community conversations regarding the site. Mr. Simakis will be bringing a Traffic Engineer on board to asses the conditions of the site as well.  Mr Simakis expects to develop the plan and concepts over the next year with construction to possibly begin in 2016. Stay tuned for the next meeting!