Lawrenceville United Housing Request for Proposals Released with Updated Properties EXTENDED

The Application Deadline has been extended until August 9th!

Lawrenceville United (LU)[1] works to improve the overall quality of life for Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders.  LU has worked over the past twelve years to eliminate blight throughout Lower, Central, and Upper Lawrenceville by targeting nuisance and problem properties and prioritizing the demolitions, acquisition and redevelopment of such properties.

In 2012, we launched our Vacant House Reuse Program, and sold one of our homes to a first-time home buyer who is currently renovating the home in Upper Lawrenceville.

As part of our current program, three properties have been designated potential home-ownership projects for current and potential Lawrenceville residents. We are inviting responsible and interested people looking to become an owner-occupant of one of our LU-owned properties to submit written proposals and a bid for one of the three LU-owned properties LU-owned properties. We are hoping that the potential owners and residents will help Lawrenceville United continue to revitalize the community through creative reuse of vacant property.

To read the complete RFP click here.

[1] Lawrenceville United (LU) where referenced in this document refers to all LU staff, board members, and housing committee members.

Industry Public House Expansion

A community meeting for Industry Public House was held on June 11th.  We had about 20 residents in attendance.  The owners presented their plan to expand their dining area. Industry has received no violations since opening in March, 2012.   They will be expanding their current kitchen, and then putting more dining table seating in the new expanded area.  They will net about 30 additional seats through the expansion. They plan to use this space, which will be somewhat separated from the main area by the brick wall and small openings that can be closed off with custom built barn doors, for those who are looking for a quieter dining experience, for private events, meetings, etc.  There will be no high-top tables, only dining table seating.  There will be a small serving bar.  There will also be operational windows.  They had considered sidewalk seating but are no longer pursuing that now because of the width of the sidewalk.  By zoning code, they are required to provide 11 parking spaces.  Right now the owners have 8 spaces at the rear of their business, and they will be installing bike parking, In addition they have an agreement with two other leased spaces in Eden Way.  With these spaces and the bike parking they have met the requirement.  Everyone at the meeting acknowledged that the zoning code is NOT meeting the needs of parking in these growing business districts and we explained that we are working to introduce a zoning overlay for our district that would change these standards so that we don’t continue to welcome high occupancy with no planned parking to accommodate them. The majority of the residents signed in support.
Update:  Industry Public House’s expansion was approved.  They will be working with the community through the construction phase.

4901 Butler Street – Roundabout Brewery

The business owners who will be leasing this space from Wylie Holdings have applied for a special exception from the Zoning Board to open a small brewery at 4901 Butler Street.  They had a hearing on March 7, 2013.  There were no objectors at the hearing.
Steve Sloan, the owner, has offered to meet with any individuals who may have concerns or questions.  They are planning , if all goes according to process, to be open by summer.  They would have a small tasting room and would hold growler hours between 4 pm – 8 pm.  They plan to be open during the day on Saturday.  They would have deliveries, but no large trucks, and would load off of a flat bed off of the side of the building on 49th.  For their growler hours, they will have parking in the lot a few doors down on Butler towards 48th Street  (the gravel lot where the Billboard is).
UPDATE:  The Brewery will be open Today! July 12th, to begin growler sales.

The Abbey – 4635 Butler Street


The Abbey Group, LLC applied for zoning approvals and a liquor license last year to operate The Abbey – a coffee bar and restaurant/ lounge.  Construction has started on the outdoor patio for the business on Home Street.  The Abbey’s zoning requests were approved with specific conditions to mitigate the impact on adjacent residents and businesses, including limited hours of operation for the patio, specific screening for the patio to control sound, no amplified music on the patio, and limited live entertainment, as well as other items.  Those items and conditions were created in response to a meeting held regarding the business on October 22, 2012.  They plan to open in June 2015.



On April 9th, The Abbey Group, LLC presented their plans before zoning.  Residents attend to testify to concerns around parking and noise.  The Abbey is asking for the following variances and special exceptions:

  • Special Exception: 911.04.A.57 use of restaurant (general) is a Special Exception in LNC zoning district –  Any restaurant larger than 2400 sq. ft. must be approved with a special exception in a local neighborhood commercial district.
  •  Special Exception: 914.07.G.2(a) off-site parking is a Special  Exception –  The lot that the owners have is across Home Street, and they will have 14 spaces in this lot.  A lot that is not directly on-site must be approved with a special exception.
  • Variance: 914.09.A.1 no surface parking on property zoned LNC shall be located within 10ft of the  street right-of-way; off-site parking  spaces fall within 10ft setback along Home Street  – Right now the lot is over the required setback, and they are asking that it be approved as it is, but with appropriate screening  (greening, etc).
  • Variance: 922.04.E.3(e)(i) no corner lot shall be used as off- street parking area  – A corner property in a local neighborhood commercial district must be approved with a variance, this lot is already a surface parking lot.
  • Variance: 918.03.B.3 screen shall be designed and installed so that the object being screened is not  more than 20% visible when viewed through the screen –  The owners will screen the parking with evergreens and other greenery to help create a better atmosphere

The Abbey, LLC have worked with Lawrenceville United on those concerns and several conditions have been finalized.  A summary of the notes from the March 19th community meeting, as well as the compromises are listed below:
Meeting Summary and Outlined Conditions/ Operational Standards:
Overall, the community in attendance at the meeting seemed to support the reuse of the building and its use as a restaurant/ coffee bar. The owners described this as a neighborhood-serving establishment where one could grab coffee and a light breakfast during the morning, but could also grab a bite to eat or a drink in the evening.   There were specific concerns relative to the impact on existing residents from parking, noise from the outside patio, over-occupancy, operating as a destination bar and not coffee bar/ restaurant, and other issues.  The owners did answer questions specifically around some of the concerns that helped to clarify outstanding issues and ease some of the overall concern.

  • Parking:  The owners will be providing 14 parking spaces in the lot at Home/ Butler, 4 on-site spaces, 5 spaces within the garages at the rear, and 6 bike parking spaces. The owners will also list on their website where patrons are able to park (in the lot and on Butler Street – avoiding residential streets), and will provide signage within the establishment letting folks know that parking is in the lot and on Butler Street .  The parking lot will be screened.
  • Noise:  Many residents were concerned with the potential noise that could come from the outdoor patio.  The owners have agreed that there will be no outdoor entertainment, the patio will be closer to Butler, and it will be screened with a rod iron fence with concrete columns and greenery (ivy) that can help to serve as a sound barrier and will keep this separate from the residential street.  The patio will have dining table seating and no wet bars outdoors and can be utilized throughout the day.
  • Smoke Free:  The owners have agreed to have a smoke-free indoor and outdoor establishment, and have agreed to keep the exterior premises clean on a daily basis.
  • Garbage:  No garbage will be taken out between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am to prevent loud noise that could wake up neighbors.
  • Fan: The exhaust fan will be built to exit the roof – and will not blow or face towards any residential property.
  • Responsible Alcohol Management: The owners will ensure that all servers are RAMP certified.
  • Occupancy:  The owners will enforce their occupancy.
  • Take Out Beer:  There will be no take out beer, or drinks priced below $3.
  • Live Music and Entertainment:  No music or amplified sound outdoors, no DJ’s, no planned Dance Floor.
  • Kitchen: There will be a full kitchen with a full kitchen staff.

UPDATE: The Zoning Board approved their application with the following conditions:

  • The Applicant will promote the parking spaces available to its customers by posted notice on its business website, and the business door.
  • The Applicant will screen the parking lot.
  • The Applicant will screen the outdoor patio with soundproofing measures.
  • The Applicant will have no amplified music or entertainment on the outdoor patio.
  • The Applicant will have no designated dance floor within the restaurant.
  • The Applicant will not take recyclable trash and glass out to the dumpsters between 11:00pm and 7:00am.
  • Site Plan Review by the Zoning Administrator shall be required, including required screening in accord with the Board’s findings.

Responsible Alcohol Management Program Training April 15th REGISTER TODAY!

Lawrenceville Corporation and Lawrenceville United are providing local Responsible Alcohol Management Program training for liquor serving establishments as part of our continued responsible hospitality work.

Most Lawrenceville businesses are already RAMP certified but this is an opportunity to send new employees or send long time employees for a refresher.  BYOB businesses are not required to have RAMP certification but it is best practice to undertake this training whenever alcohol is involved.

Server/seller training will be held on Monday, April 15th from 12pm- 3pm at the Lawrenceville Corporation conference room, 100 43rd Street, Suite 207.

To attend this training you must RSVP with a number of attendees to  The cost will be approximately $15/attendee (it is $25 to do the training online), however the more people we have the lower the cost.  Once you RSVP you will receive final payment details.

Owner/Manager training opportunity: If there is enough interest, we will also hold an owner/manager training.  A representative from the PLCB will hold the free training and help you fill out documents to receive your final RAMP certification for your business.  If you are interested in the owner/manager training please contact

More information on RAMP certification is available at

Community Meeting for C & R Towing

C & R Towing at 5247 Butler Street will attend the 10th Ward Block Watch on April 9th at 6:30p to discuss their application to the Zoning Board of Adjustments for use of existing one story structure as vehicle/equipment repair (general) with off-site parking located at 5013 Butler St.  The Zoning Board of Adjustments has scheduled a hearing on April 18, 2013 at 9:10 in the first floor conference room of 200 Ross Street (Downtown Pittsburgh) to review the following requests:

  • Variance: 911.04.A.74: use of vehicle/equipment repair (general) – Is not permitted in LNC zoning district
  • Special Exception: 914.07.G.2(a): off-site parking shall be authorized in accordance with the Special Exception
  • Variance: 914.07.G.2(a).1: off-site parking area shall not be located more than 1,000ft from the primary entrance of the use served; and greater than 1,000ft maximum distance requested


New Business at 47th and Butler Update

On Tuesday March 19th, the Abbey Group, LLC presented their plans for 4635 Butler Street.  The community, in general, seemed interested in their plans and ideas for the space.  Nearby residents expressed concern over parking and noise.  LU will be working with the owners on plans to  mitigate the impact that the establishment could have on the adjacent residents and stakeholders.

The Abbey Group, LLC have applied for a liquor license (LID 59872)  for their business at 4635 Butler Street.  The ownership group is proposing a daytime cafe with a coffee bar and deli with a more complete menu at night with a bar.  The group has applied for an amusement permit and an exterior serving permit which would allow them to have both live entertainment and outdoor seating.  The owners agreed to extend their application process deadline to allow the community to learn more before the community approval process window with the LCB closes.

If you want to voice your support or opposition to this application, please feel free to call Lawrenceville United.  Meeting minutes are available next week upon request.

Community Meeting for Development at 234 38th Street

Proposed construction of 234 38th Street & 234.5 38th Street requires zoning approval.
E Properties and Development LLC is building 2 new 3-story single-family dwellings with one parking pad in the rear.
They are seeking Variance 903.03.D.2:

  • Minimum 1800 sq. ft. lot size required, 1200 sq. ft. requested
  • Minimum 15 ft. front setback for unit 2 required, 0 ft. requested
  • Minimum 5 ft. interior side setback required, 0 ft. requested
  • Parking Pads: minimum 2 ft. rear setback required, 0 ft. requested and minimum 5ft. interior side setback required, 0ft one and 3.6 ft. another side requested.

E Properties will present their plans to the 6th Ward/ Lower Lawrenceville Block Watch:

March 25, 2013
St. Augustine Auditorium – 220 37th Street

Community Meeting for New Business at 47th and Butler

IMPORTANT MEETING for LAWRENCEVILLE RESIDENTS and BUSINESSES regarding a proposed business at 4635 Butler Street (corner of Home and Butler) that requires a liquor license approval.

TUESDAY, March 19th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Boys & Girls Club
4600 Butler Street

The Abbey Group, LLC have applied for a liquor license (LID 59872)  for their business at 4635 Butler Street.  The ownership group is proposing a daytime cafe with a coffee bar and deli with a more complete menu at night with a bar.  The group has applied for an amusement permit and an exterior serving permit which would allow them to have both live entertainment and outdoor seating.  The owners agreed to extend their application process deadline to allow the community to learn more before the community approval process window with the LCB closes.

You are invited to attend to meet the owners and to  better understand the plans for the business and what is being proposed in your neighborhood.

Please call Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220 or email for more information

Holy Family Site

E Properties and Development issued a press release 12/17/14 clarifying that Synergy Capital is an investor in the project, but is not a partner. E Properties and Development is still leading the project.

E Properties & Development/LDA Architects INC has been granted a Special Exception by the Zoning Board of Adjustments to allow a change from one non-conforming use to another for 250-252-256 44th Street.  In addition, they determined that a variance to allow a 10-foot setback was not needed because the property has been operating with a 0-foot setback.  This decision is currently being appealed.