Amazon & Community Organizing

Please join Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation on Thursday 9/23 at 6:30 PM as we continue to organize with the Lawrenceville community (and beyond) in response to Amazon’s plans to open a last-mile distribution center at the former Sears Outlet site (27 51st Street).

This virtual meeting will include a conversation with representatives from the Coalition for Responsible Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI), an all-volunteer group of residents who successfully organized against an Amazon fulfillment center in NY, as well as the Athena Coalition, a broad national coalition working to “stop Amazon’s growing, powerful grip over our society and economy.” Following the discussion with CRED4GI and Athena, we will move into break-out rooms with the working groups that have assembled to date.

This is an open and public virtual meeting accessible by Zoom and by phone. Advance registration is required. Please register at bit.ly/AZResponse4 or with LU at 412-802-7220.

Community Meeting on Holy Family development

Please join us on Tuesday, September 14th at 6 p.m. for a virtual community meeting regarding updates on the Holy Family development. E Properties & Development will be presenting their latest plans in anticipation of an upcoming Planning Commission hearing.

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend this open and public meeting to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback. Participate by Zoom or by phone. To participate, register at bit.ly/HolyFamilyLV or call 412-802-7220. The meeting will also be streamed live on Lawrenceville United’s Facebook page.

Please let us know your accessibility needs at info@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220.

Amazon Community Meeting #2

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend this community meeting to ask questions and provide feedback on Amazon’s proposed new use of the former Sears Outlet site (27 51st St) as a last-mile distribution center.

This meeting will be a follow up to the community meeting with Amazon in June, which can be viewed at this link: https://bit.ly/AmazonVideoMtg1

Amazon will NOT be present at this next meeting. Register for the Zoom meeting at https://bit.ly/AmazonLVille2

You can also register by calling (412) 802-7220 if you plan to participate by phone or need assistance/accommodations. This meeting will NOT be streamed live on Facebook.

Second Workshop for Clack Site Public Planning Process

Come explore future scenarios for the re-use of the Clack Site & learn about its history! Stop by the Lawrenceville Farmers Market on 6/29 from 3-7 p.m. for short, interactive opportunities to shape the future of this publicly owned site. This builds on the first set of public workshops for the Clack site and the community survey.

Tuesday 6/29, 3-7 p.m., Arsenal Park

In person at the Lawrenceville Farmers Market

For questions, more info, or accommodations, contact Lawrenceville United: 412-802-7220 | info@LUnited.org

Have you completed the community survey yet? bit.ly/ClackSurvey

Virtual Community Meeting: Amazon Warehouse @ 27 51st St (former Sears Outlet)

Please join us on Tues., June 1st at 6:30 p.m. by Zoom for an open & public community meeting regarding Amazon’s proposed new use of the former Sears Outlet site (27 51st St) as a last-mile distribution center. Amazon will be presenting their plans to date to the community.

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend this open and public meeting to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Participate by Zoom or by phone. Register at bit.ly/Amazon51st or by calling 412-802-7220 if you plan to participate by phone or need assistance/accommodations. The first half of the meeting will be streamed live at: facebook.com/lawrenceville.pittsburgh

LU provides testimony regarding off-street parking design standards

A public hearing at City Council was held on Wed. 4/21 on Council Bill 2021-1085, which creates new design standards for off-street parking for single-family attached homes. This comes after advocacy from Lawrenceville United and 11 other organizations called for this additional measure, among other measures, to limit the propagation of driveway curb cuts on walkable streets, due to the damage they do to public off-street parking, safety and accessibility, housing affordability, the creation of street trees, non-vehicular mobility, and neighborly interaction.

LU and our partners will be provided testimony to support the proposed legislation, and once again advocated for further steps to limit the spread of driveway curb cuts on our walkable blocks. Read our full testimony HERE and contact Dave@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220 to get involved in this issue.

Community Workshops on Clack Site

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A public planning process for the 6.5-acre Clack Facility is kicking off to create a community-led vision for the site! Please join us for the first community engagement workshops to set priorities and community values. All of these meetings are by Zoom and are the same content. Join by Zoom or by phone. Registration required.

 

These workshops are designed to be fun, hands-on, and interactive. No experience or prior knowledge required; all welcomed! Workshops will run for 1-hour to 1-hour and 15-minutes; we would love if you could commit to the whole hour.

 

Three chances to participate:
– Tuesday 4/13, 12-1 p.m.
– Tuesday 4/13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
– Saturday 4/17, 10-11 a.m.

 

Register at bit.ly/Clack15201, or contact Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220 | info@LUnited.org.

 

Applications opening: 35 brand new, affordable units!

35 affordable apartments (1, 2, and 3 BRs) are coming online in Lower Lawrenceville at the brand new Sixth Ward Flats from ACTION Housing (3350 Penn Avenue and 207 34th Street). 8 units are reserved for people with disabilities. Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) are accepted, but not required. LU is available to assist anyone with completing the application, and we will be hand-delivering the applications on April 1st, the day the applications open, to ensure that these applications get first priority, so get in touch with us right away if you plan to apply at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.

Download application HERE.

 

Update: new design standards for driveway curb cuts

New legislation (Council Bill 2021-1085) at the City of Pittsburgh is being considered for design standards for off-street parking for single-family attached homes. This comes after advocacy from Lawrenceville United and 11 other organizations called for this additional measure, among other measures, to limit the propagation of driveway curb cuts on walkable streets, due to the damage they do to public off-street parking, safety and accessibility, housing affordability, the creation of street trees, non-vehicular mobility, and neighborly interaction.

A Planning Commission hearing on the legislation is scheduled for Tuesday 2/23 at 2 p.m. Planning Commission will then provide a recommendation to City Council, who will also have a public hearing and then take final action on the zoning text amendment.

LU and partners will be providing testimony to support the proposed legislation, and once again advocating for further steps to limit the spread of driveway curb cuts on our walkable blocks. Read our full testimony HERE and contact Dave@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220 to get involved in this campaign.