6th Ward Block Watch Notes

Notes for 6th Ward Block Watch Meeting – 8/22/2016

Thanks to Pints on Penn for hosting! This meeting covered public safety, 2 construction projects, and a bar update. The other project notes will also be posted separately for clarity.

Public Safety Report – Zone 2 Community Relations Officer Antoine Davis

  • 2 burglaries (see attachment for full report)
  • Encourages residents to use silent complaint form
    • Especially good if you don’t want to be seen talking to police or don’t want to be involved
    • Many examples of these leading to arrests
    • Can fill these out at Lawrenceville United
  • Difference between 311 and 911
    • Call 911 for anything that requires immediate attention – even noise violations
    • Can take 311 much longer to route it to police or to get someone to attend to it
    • Looking to bring manager of 311 out to upcoming Block Watch
  • CCR # is issued for everything police respond to (not just police reports)
    • Hard for police or LU to follow up on anything without the CCR #, so make sure you record it.
  • Murder on Donson Street in 10th Ward
    • Actually in Zone 5’s area – contact Michael Gay, Community Relations Officer for Zone 5.
    • Tied to other crimes – investigation is ongoing, so can’t speak about where things are at

 

Roasted – Pete Landis

  • Feels like he is a part of Lawrenceville community now
  • Part of Market Square Association, which works with Zone 2 police often
    • Work together to improve community, reduce crime
  • Current status of Roasted
    • Back deck was an area of concern for nearby residents when building owned by Eclipse
      • Used to create a lot of noise complaints
      • No permit for it, not in compliance with zoning
    • During previous meeting with impacted residents, Pete had promised not to retain it in response to these community concerns
      • Created enclosed porch instead, where folks can do dinner/drinks
      • Doubled size, but no noise complaints – seems to be working out for everyone
    • Opened already
      • Not open for lunch yet but hoping to get there soon
      • Current hours:
        • Monday-Thursday: 5-11 PM
        • Friday-Saturday: 5 PM-2 AM
        • Ideally going to start doing lunch and eventually do Sundays as well
      • Renovations of space
        • Front façade: pulled off glass block from Bill’s Tavern and restored façade
          • Didn’t have to do this because not designated as historic, but preserved it to historic standards anyway
          • Wanted to keep historic look, make it look like it’s been there for years
          • Residents who remember Bill’s Tavern have told him that Bill would be proud!
          • Front windows can open during warmer months
            • Seats 8 people between inside and outside and creates communal table feel.
          • Menu
            • Back to basics: not modern deep-frying equipment, just good drinks and oven-roasted food
            • Cocktail program: easy highball drinks (different sizes offered), historical cocktails from 1800s-1960s
            • Food: everything is oven roasted, seasoned & slow-roasted, served “au jus”
            • Tweaking menu as they go, but available now online at roastedpgh.com
          • Collaboration with other 6th Ward businesses
            • Working to get all business owners together to create dialogue, contribute back to community
            • Working to resolve parking impact on the residential neighborhood: collaborative valet parking to a lease with parking lots
              • Thinking they will incentivize customers to use it with discounts
            • Vice President of the West Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, so have lots of good connections with state and governmental agencies to help get some of these things done.
          • Hiring: growing and looking to hire

 

211-219 39th Street – Senko Construction & Moss Architects

Chris Senko

  • Purchased 211-219 38th Street with intent to create 5 new townhomes there
  • ZBA Hearing: September 22nd
  • History of owners, Senko Construction
    • # of projects completed locally in Northside, Oakland, Lawrenceville
      • Doughboy Square townhomes
      • Shops @ Doughboy
    • Begin in 1996, started development in 2004
      • Used to working in high density urban neighborhoods
    • Plans to mitigate impact on residents
      • Connecting with developers at 216 38th Street to coordinate street openings/closures, sidewalk closures, using same contractor most likely in order to minimize headache on neighbors
      • Keeping dumpsters off road if possible, keep on site is the goal
        • Ideally place port-a-johns on site as well
      • Timing: with ZBA approval, would break ground on 3/1/2017 with 8 months construction (to be completed end of October 2017)
        • Most inconveniences to neighbors would be at the front end of the timeline (e.g. road work)

Andrew Moss

  • Lives next door to site
  • White house on site to be torn down
  • Five 20’ lots
    • Plan to keep new houses on top of hill, set back from street
    • Keep site wall low, terracing of site for yards
    • Trying to maintain stone wall
    • 2-car garages at back of each house
    • Front = staircase, front year
    • Keeping slope of 38th Street, homes to step up with grade as go up the hill
    • 3 bedrooms, 2 bath
  • Variances needed
    • Relatively minor compared to other projects in the neighborhood
    • Side setbacks: zoning requires 5’, asking for 0’
      • Setbacks are internal to the site
    • Rear setback as well
    • No height variances needed
    • Balconies on front: classified as separate variance but also setbacks
  • Design
    • Masonry ground floor, steel panel for upper floors, top floors to be cement or siding panel
    • New street trees and sidewalks

 

Q&A

  • Rege Ricketts (255 38th St): When to start?
    • Chris Senko: March 1, 2017. 8 months maximum so expect to be done at the latest by late Octobrer
  • Jenna DiMenno (229 38th St): This will create extra traffic on Obregon Street, which is a blind turn. Any plans to create a mirror there?
    • Andrew Moss: Definitely open to it.
    • Matt Galluzzo: City does it in blind spots, can coordinate with them.
  • Pete Landis (Roasted): Setbacks are newer – why required in the rear?
    • Andrew Moss: How it’s written in the code, but doesn’t really reflect how homes have been built in Lawrenceville historically.
  • Cory Ricci (LU Board member): Price range?
    • Senko: Market-rate. Haven’t set the price yet but expecting around $570,000.
  • Erika Gidley (233 38th Street): If don’t get the zoning approval for the rear setback, what is Plan B?
    • Andrew Moss: Parking pads in the back.
    • Matt Galluzzo: Not providing parking would require an additional variance.
  • Jim Petruzzi (3918 Liberty Ave): Obregon is a very dangerous road.
    • Senko: No plans for Obregon, but talks with city to topcoat Foster Street.

 

216 38th Street – Moss Architects and E Properties

  • Andrew Moss
    • ZBA Hearing = 9/8
    • Coordinating between the developers to mitigate negative impact on neighbors
    • Proposing to build property line to property line and to front property line
    • Next to property currently under construction on 38th St
    • Garage to be accessed off alleyway, set back 5’ because alley so narrow
    • Variances
      • Almost identical to project across the street
      • No height variance
      • Setback variances, variance for rooftop deck
    • Design
      • Masonry base, cement board panel and siding up center
      • Small canopy covering front entrances
      • Same height as property under construction nextdoor
    • Emeka – E Properties
      • Offcie on 47th (?) and Butler
      • Currently doing McCleary School Condos project
      • Very active in Lawrenceville
      • Working with project across the street to address concerns about port-a-johns, construction, road openings
        • Looking to use same contractors
      • Size and scale of project is comparable to other projects in the area that E Properties has done
    • Q & A
      • Brandon Dunlevy (234 38th St): Large pothole on 38th Street resulted from other construction.
        • Emeka: Sub-contractor opened it, working to solve it with contractors and the city.
        • Matt: Timeline on getting this done.
        • Emeka: Hopefully next few weeks.
      • Rege Ricketts (255 38th St): Properties up from Cantina are huge eye sores – what’s going on with them? Someone was supposed to do something with them.
        • Matt: LC tried to take through the Treasurer’s Sale, but taxes were paid off before we could get them. Property owner still sitting on them, not doing anything.
      • Jenna DiMenno (229 38th Street): 1-car or 2-car garages?
        • Emeka: 1 each, 2 total
        • Andrew Moss: if small cars, can probably fit 2.
        • Jenna: Most people have 2 cars these days. Should consider pushing parking into the site more to fit 2 spots back-to-back.
      • Mike Cummins (236 38th St): Every setback including height?
        • Andrew Moss: Not height – staircase doesn’t count and is permitted by right
        • Mike: But looking for setbacks on all sides?
        • Andrew: Not rear but sides and front.
        • Mike: Seems like you’re trying to jam more in than necessary. Already significant issues with parking. Lot seems better suited for something similar to the adjacent property and house.

 

11th Hour Brewing Meeting Recap & Update

March 15, 2016

Thanks to all who attended the meeting on 11th Hour Brewery (3701 Charlotte Street) on March 9, 2015. The owners shared their plans and responded to resident questions and concerns about the project. They also completed our standard information sheet, which lists information on their hours, menu, amplified sound, and other details on their proposed operations. (links below)

LU and LC staff are currently in the process of meeting with the owners to see how they might make changes to their plan to mitigate some of the concerns raised.  LU did follow up with City Planning on zoning and site plan review questions.  The project has gone through preliminary site plan review and will be submitting final site plans for a final site plan review by next week.  As part of that review, recommendations and decisions will be made by the City and the owner regarding curb cuts, sidewalks, and tree pits.  Once the final site plan is shared with us – we will share this with the community.
LU and LC will also share changes, if any,  that will be made to the operational and business plans based on concerns raised in the community meeting and in other calls and emails to LU’s office.  Residents and stakeholders have 30 days from the date of the PLCB placard posting to submit in writing their concerns or position on the license.  Any submissions must be received by PLCB by March 22nd.

Contact LU with any questions – 412.802.7220

Presentation by 11th Hour                             LU’s Meeting Notes                               Information Sheet

March 21, 2016

LU submitted a letter to the Liquor Control Board (LCB) addressing issues residents raised during the community meeting and in follow up communications. Some of the issues addressed include: hours of operation, noise, open windows/garage doors, outdoor seating, amplified sound, food trucks, special events, parking issues, and waste disposal.