4618 Carlton Street

Wylie Holdings has proposed a new construction town home development for the space.  By following this link, you will be able to see renderings of what they have proposed:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.576983625699434.1073741833.255397811191352&type=1

Not all of the details are set and they are still working on exterior design finishes.  It does look like the new construction buildings will be a bit taller than those existing on the street, but are planned to be 40 ft. high at most, therefore staying within the height that is permitted without seeking variances, etc.  BBI has requested that they take steps to shore the adjacent neighbor’s foundations as well as place fencing at the rear as they excavate, etc.

A hearing was held in front of the Zoning Board of Adjustments on December 5, 9 am.  Neighbors have challenged whether the zero foot contextual setback that was granted is legally correct, or if they should have had to apply with a different application and for other approvals. At the hearing the applicants requested a continuance and the next hearing was scheduled for December 12th at 9:30 am.  LU was notified on Wednesday, December 11th, that the applicants appealing the zoning decision had withdrawn their appeal.

If you would like to discuss in more detail, please contact Lauren at Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220, or lauren@lunited.org

4115 Butler Street – Smoke BBQ and Taqueria

2.25.15 UPDATE

Smoke BBQ Taqueria opened at the beginning of February. Hours are listed as:

Tuesday closed

Mon-Thurs 11-10PM

Friday 11-11PM

Sat-Sun 10-11PM


Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation convened a meeting on December 3, 2013 at Stephen Foster’s to discuss the proposed opening of Smoke BBQ and Taqueria at 4115 Butler Street.  A handful of residents attended, and the owners presented their vision for the space, as well as a general overview for the business and its operations.  Smoke is currently located in Homestead and will be relocating to Lawrenceville.  They are excited to become a part of the community.  They will offer a similar menu as their Homestead location and are planning to be open Tuesday – Wednesday 11 am – 11 pm; Thursday – Friday 11 am – 12 am, Saturday 9 am – 12 pm, and Sunday 9 am – 7pm.  They will be using approximately 2400 sq. ft. of the space that they are leasing for seating and will have dining table seating and bar seating for approx 50 patrons.  They are not seeking a liquor license at this time, and Smoke will operate as BYOB.  Per the zoning code, Smoke does not need to provide any parking space but they will have two available for employee parking.  Smoke will be non-smoking and they are excited to offer a menu that is accessible for Lawrenceville residents and visitors.  Attendees at the meeting did raise concerns about parking and the Lawrenceville Corporation provided a summary of their work on parking projects in the community.  

LU and LC provided a letter of support for the special exception that was sought by Smoke in front of the Zoning Board on December 5, 2013.  Notes from the meeting are available upon request.

Development of New Residential Units at 260 42nd Street

Brian Mendelssohn of Botero Development attended a community meeting on October 14th to present his plans for 8 residential units at 260 42nd Street.  Residents were generally supportive, but concerned around the additional cars in the area.  Mr. Mendelssohn agreed to write into his leases that residents are NOT allowed to participate in the Residential Permit Parking program.  This was reiterated at the zoning hearing on October 17th when he asked the Zoning Board of Adjustments to make this a condition of any approvals.  Mr. Mendelssohn and residents are exploring other options to make the parking plans part of the property itself, thus protecting residents from future owners of the property.  Currently the plan is being reviewed by the Zoning Board of Adjustments and a decision will be rendered in the next 30 days.

Parking Concerns and Issues in Lawrenceville

LU continues to receive many questions and concerns around parking.  The Pittsburgh Parking Authority attended the Happenings Block Watch in September and discussed issues relative to enforcement and the new meters that will be installed in Lawrenceville.

Some residents were concerned that their streets are not being enforced effectively. Since the meeting, the Parking Authority has shared information on where tickets are issued and how often.  If you have concerns about your specific streets, you can contact LU or the District 7 Council Office to receive this information.  Additionally, many Upper Lawrenceville residents and business owners have contacted us with questions about their area.  There are questions about introducing permit parking to Upper Lawrenceville and also questions regarding residents who may live along Butler St. and how they may also be able to opt into a Residential Permit Parking Program if it becomes available.  The Department of City Planning will be scheduling a meeting within the next few weeks to discuss these issues with residents in Upper Lawrenceville specifically.  Once a meeting has been scheduled, notices will be sent out inviting residents to a meeting.  At this meeting, Ashley Holloway, the City Planner who leads the Residential Permit Parking program would review the Residential Permit Process Program, how residents can pursue the program, and answer questions or concerns.

Apart from these updates,  the Lawrenceville Corporation continues to work with a Parking Committee comprised of residents, developers, business owners, and other agency representatives to implement some of the recommendations called out in the Parking Study completed in 2012.

Lawrenceville Corporation Statement Regarding the Former Iron City Brewery Site

From Matthew Galluzzo, Executive Director Lawrenceville Corporation

As many of you know, the Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) has been working over the past year with our neighborhood partners and Collier Development LP, the owners of the former Iron City Brewery site, to complete a master planning process that would guide redevelopment efforts on the site. Despite our best efforts to convince them otherwise, it appears that Collier Development LP is uninterested in developing, and being guided by, a candid understanding of whether various historic buildings at the former brewery site could feasibly be reused.  Their lack of flexibility has made a fruitful planning effort impossible.  Last week the LC notified Collier Development LP that we would be withdrawing from the process.  To read more, please visit: http://lvpgh.com/icb.

IMPORTANT MEETING regarding a proposed new business at 4811 Butler St. in Lawrenceville

Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 pm
Boys & Girls Club
4600 Butler Street

Priyyash Inc. (Neil Shah – Manager ) is planning to open “Beer on Butler” a Beer Distributor that will also sell groceries and tobacco products at 4811 Butler Street.

Priyyash, Inc. has applied for a Distributor Liquor License (LID 68811, License No. D1537) , listing Liquor License Officer:  Neil Shah (Manager).  As part of the community process, you are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about their business.

Important Meeting regarding the restoration and redevelopment of the St. Mary’s Academy Building and the current Masterplan for the site.

Tuesday October 1, 2013
7:00 pm
St. Mary’s Lower Lyceum
333 45th Street

Please join us on Tuesday, October 1st at 7 pm at St. Mary’s Lyceum (333 45th Street)  to learn more regarding the plans for the redevelopment of St. Mary’s Church and St. Mary’s Academy Building on 46th Street.  Joe Huber from the Catholic Cemeteries Association will present a master plan for the site that includes a plan to restore and reuse these buildings, and the potential vacation of a portion of 46th Street.  Please come out to learn more.

Dive Bar & Grill – 5147 Butler Street

A community meeting was held on Monday, August 26th at Goodwill as part of the Lawrenceville Responsible Hospitality Community Process. Owners Clint Kuskie, Gordon Judge, and Alison Judge were present to share their plans with residents and business owners in the community. All have backgrounds in the restaurant industry.   They hope to be open in early October 2013.  Their goal, as presented, is to provide the area with a casual, yet upscale tavern style experience that focuses on unique twists on traditional culinary items.  They intend to provide a comfortable, familiar setting but also offering refined and contemporary finishes.  They feel that they can offer a variety of food and beverages prepared at a price point that allows guests of various income levels to frequent regularly while still enjoying the variety and quality.  The community was supportive of the concept and the business at the close of the meeting. For additional details you can visit their website at www.divebarandgrille.com
Some of the issues discussed included the following:

  • Days/ Hours of operation:  Monday – Sunday; 11 am – 2 am and will modify the Sunday – Wednesday closing hours depending on the demand for late night kitchen hours of operation.
  • Food/ Alcohol Price Points:  Similar to menu and price points offered at Wexford location and can be found on website.
  • Number of Employees:  10-15 and they intend to work with Goodwill and through the Lawrenceville WORKS! Program in an effort to find local employees.
  • Entertainment:  Unlikely due to the size of the facility and the upper floor apartments (there are two rental units above).  They will be installing insulation and soundproofing measures to limit any sound from disturbing neighbors.
  • Site Plan/ Facade:  Refurbishing existing sign.  Significant cosmetic upgrades include: new bar, bar top, bar back and draft system; new kitchen and equipment; fully updated restrooms and fixtures;  potentially installing accordion -style windows on first level; installing window planters for foliage under 4 windows facing Butler St.; upgrading electric throughout building; new HVAC units for business and living space.  Seating for 50 – 60 patrons.
  • Recycling? Yes.
  • Security Cameras?  Yes.

The owners have also committed to continue working with the community as they move towards their opening and once they open.  They have agreed to sign a community agreement that will outline issues of concern for the community as they arise.  They will also be reaching out to the community and specifically nearby neighbors,  to plan for a meet and greet closer to the opening. Please call LU with any additional questions or concerns – 412.802.7220.