Upper Lawrenceville Planning Update

Please read the following articles that discuss the recent planning work being done by residents in the 10thWard:

The complete plan will be available  online by early summer.

Night at the Races was a GREAT Success!

Thank you to all the people who came out on February 2nd, to make it another successful year for the annual Independence Day Celebration fundraiser.  This year we increased our space by 50% and we still sold out almost a week before the event.  We had a packed house from the start of the event at 7p and was able to raise close to 40% of the needs funds for the Independence Day Celebration.

Of course this event could not have been so successful without the hard work of the Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee, our generous event and race sponsors, and our tireless event volunteers including Paula Tobin, Mary Alice Devinney, Marci Olznak, Theresa Gratowski, and MANY more!

Whether you were able to join us at the 2013 Night at the Races or not, we hope to see you at the Independence Day Celebration on July 6, 2013 in Arsenal Park and don’t worry Night at the Races WILL return next year (typically the Saturday before the Super Bowl).

Social Association for Pittsburgh Professional (SAPP) Update

Social club under consideration in Polish Hill: By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A proposed social club in Polish Hill at a nexus with the Strip District and Lawrenceville has been vetted by the neighborhoods and is under consideration by the Zoning Board of Adjustment after a hearing Thursday [January 17, 2013].

A social club is not a specified use in the zoning code, so a variance is needed for the Social Association of Pittsburgh Professionals to operate. The site is a former Carrier Heating and Air Conditioning warehouse at 33rd Street and Liberty Avenue.

The building is isolated from residential areas, but its potential use has some concerned.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/social-club-under-consideration-in-polish-hill-670921/#ixzz2ILoq3kne

Final Community Visioning Meeting for Upper (10th Ward) Lawrenceville

You are invited to participate in the final community visioning meeting for Upper Lawrenceville next Thursday, Jan. 24th at 6:30pm at the AOH (5203 Carnegie St). This is the third of three meetings designed to generate new ideas about the future of the 10th Ward. Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the first two community meetings held over the past two months. We hope you can join us for this final meeting, where we will present the community vision generated from the first two meetings and have a conversation on steps to move this vision forward!

Holy Family Update

Many residents have called asking for an update on the potential reuse of Holy Family School and Church on 45th Street.  A hearing was held on October 11, 2012.  The Zoning Board of Adjustments has not yet released the decision on the variances that E Properties and Development sought at the hearing and as part of the plans to reuse the structures for a multi-family residential development.  It is our understanding that a decision will be released within the next two weeks and we will provide an update to our membership and all of those who participated in the meetings as soon as a decision has been released.

New Social Club coming to Polish Hill

The owners RCH Pittsburgh LLC are planning to open a Social Club/ Banquet Hall at 0 Sassafras Street for use by S.A.P.P. (Social Association for Pittsburgh Professionals).  The use requires approval of Variance:911.03.B – variance under unlisted uses for banquet and social hall.
The Polish Hill Civic Association (PHCA) has invited neighbors in Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and the Strip District to attend a community meeting  regarding the creation of the social club, as it is planned for a building that is located where all of our neighborhoods meet.
The meeting will be held at the West Penn Rec Center (lower level) on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 6-8 p.m.  For any questions please call the PHCA office at 412-681-1950 or Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220.

Night at the Races Returns February 2, 2013 at the Teamsters Temple

Get your tickets NOW!

February 2, 2013
7p – 10:30p

Night at the Races returns in 2013 and will be bigger and better than ever.  Last year the event was sold out over a week before the event, so we are moving it to the Teamsters Temple to provide more space, but that space is still limited so get your tickets today!

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at the Lawrenceville United offices with cash or check; all checks should be made out to Lawrenceville United with Night at the Races in the memo field.  Your tickets gets you entry to the event, food, and complimentary beer.  We will also have mixers for any BYOB beverages as well.

In additi0n to tickets, we will also be selling horses and jockeys for $10.00 each.  If your horse or jockey wins, you can win $50.00 bucks!

Event and Race sponsorships are also available, if interested, please contact Lawrenceville United(412.802.7220) for more details.

In addition to the horse races, we will have super bowl squares for purchase, 50/50 raffles, strip tickets, instant bingo and more!

See you Saturday, February 2nd!

2012 Year in Review

Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays from us here at Lawrenceville United

As we close the chapter on 2012 and begin planning for 2013, we wanted to take a moment to share some amazing and important things that have happened this past year, including the creation of new programs that address issues, concerns, and ideas that you have brought to our attention.

In December:
–        We hosted our annual Light Up Lawrenceville events that brought together over 500 resident to celebrate the holidays and winter season.   With our partnership with the Joy of Cookies Tour’s Cookie Mall, we were able to provide a great fundraising opportunity for so many community groups and organizations, while celebrating the season with crafts and presents for the kids, as well as, free pictures with Santa.

–        An additional 30 trees were planted along the riverfront and our newly erected Bernard Dog Run.  Our partnerships with the TreeVitalize program of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Tree Pittsburgh, and the Tree Pittsburgh: Lawrenceville Tree Tenders have totaled over 150 trees planted in Lawrenceville in just 2012, as well as close to 100 tree pits cleaned and maintained.

–        Lawrenceville United is participating in the Upper Lawrenceville Planning Project led by the Lawrenceville Corporation that will create a plan for key corridors and spaces in the 10th Ward. The final meeting will be held in late January, please consider attending if you have interests in the future of the 10th Ward.

–        The Lawrenceville Senior AdvantAGE program is well underway with hundreds of residents 60 years and older registered and exciting events and programs planned for 2013.  The program will help connect Seniors to one another in the community, will connect them with nearby resident volunteers, and will help connect them to local businesses and exciting events.  Please register by contacting us atinfo@Lunited.org and tell your nearby neighbors to become involved by calling the office!

–        We launched our Landlord Assistance Program on December 8th which helps connect landlords and potential landlords with various agencies and resources to encourage and promote responsible property investment and management.  With access to not only funding opportunities with local banks, but also education on best practices in responsible property management.

–        We convened three public community meetings with our partner organization the Lawrenceville Corporation around responsible growth and development in our neighborhood to help inform residents, and organize strategies to steward responsible growth that protects resident’s interests.

  • Reuse of St Matthew’s/ St. Kieran’s Church at 53rd/ Carnegie Street
  • Proposed Development at 41st and Butler Street
  • Heartland Homes Housing Development near Bancroft/ Carlton/ Davison Streets

Lawrenceville continues to thrive and we are so proud to be a part of a neighborhood with residents, businesses, stakeholders, and community groups working together to make sure all of our quality of life needs are met and protected. Stay tuned for our complete Annual Report which you will receive in January with a full calendar of programs and events planned for 2013.

As we move forward in 2013, we will build on the successes of 2012 and continue to build a rich, vibrant, and engaging community for all who call Lawrenceville home.

Senior AdvantAGE Program Brings More Resources and Opportunities to Seniors

Lawrenceville United, an inclusive resident-driven community-based organization focused on improving the overall quality of life for Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders, is looking to establish a new program geared towards our growing senior population (anyone 60 and older). Our latest initiative, the Senior AdvantAGE Program, is for you!



The goal of this Program is to effectively connect seniors to services and resources, to other seniors, to new residents, and to new businesses throughout the Lawrenceville area.


Seniors can expect to take part in a Needs Assessment Survey in order to determine what important issues must be addressed, Trainings and Workshops in order to become more informed members of the community, and Block Watch Groups in order to create bonds with other seniors and new residents in the area. The added benefits of the Program include a Senior AdvantAGE Guide with educational information, helpful tips, and a wide variety of Lawrenceville resources; Mini-Grants in order for seniors to be able to participate in fun activities; and a Senior AdvantAGE Discount Card for special discounts and incentives at local businesses.


Want to find out more? Contact Lawrenceville United today! 412.802.7220.