* DATE/LOCATION CHANGE FROM USUAL 10TH WARD BLOCK WATCH * Please join us for the 10th Ward Block Watch and a community meeting on Cannabis Company of Pennsylvania’s proposal for a medical cannabis dispensary at 5416 Butler Street. Monday, November 7th at 6:30 PM at the multi-purpose room inside the Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s workforce development center at 118 52nd Street. Please note that this is a change from the typical 10th Ward Block Watch meeting time/location because of election day.
Please join us for a community meeting at 6:30 pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination (5006 Penn Avenue) on Thursday, November 10th. Hough’s brewpub in Greenfield is proposing a new brewpub at 4568 Penn Avenue and will be presenting their plans.
Notes for 6 th 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 10
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
Not open for lunch yet but hoping to get there soon
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.
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 6
th 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
th Street – Senko Construction & Moss Architects
Purchased 211-219 38
th Street with intent to create 5 new townhomes there ZBA Hearing: September 22
nd 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 38
th 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)
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 38
th Street, homes to step up with grade as go up the hill 3 bedrooms, 2 bath
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
Masonry ground floor, steel panel for upper floors, top floors to be cement or siding panel
New street trees and sidewalks
Rege Ricketts (255 38
th 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 38
th 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 38
th 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.
th Street – Moss Architects and E Properties
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 38
th St Garage to be accessed off alleyway, set back 5’ because alley so narrow
Almost identical to project across the street
No height variance
Setback variances, variance for rooftop deck
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 47
th (?) 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 38
th St): Large pothole on 38 th 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 38
th 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 38
th 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 38
th 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.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police just released the offense statistics from July 16th through August 16th in the 9th Ward. Click on the images below to view them.
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.