Lawrenceville Landlords Resource Workshop

We hosted a terrific, information-packed workshop today with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, The State Historic Preservation Office, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, providing lots of resources available to landlords! Topics discussed include:

– Historic Preservation Tax Credits for eligible unit rehabilitation
– Small landlord loan program
– Higher payment standards for renting to section 8 voucher holders (for Lower Lawrenceville units)
– Low-interest loan program to support unit rehabilitation
– The Preferred Landlord program
– CARES Act funding for landlords entering new leases
– An improved, streamlined process for housing choice voucher contracts
– Incentives for landlords to provide ADA-approved modifications
And much more!
You can access the recording here. And if you’re a landlord in Lawrenceville, we encourage you to complete our landlord survey, where we’re gathering information on your experiences, priorities and needs, to help better define our work with Lawrenceville landlords going forward. Please share both of these links widely!

Fall 2020 LU Membership Meeting

Join us for LU’s fall membership meeting on Wednesday, October 7th, at 6:30 p.m. There are three ways to participate (no RSVP or password necessary!):

We’ll share some questions (and invite your own!) on how we can plan together to address the longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the meeting we’ll be breaking out into smaller discussion groups based on your main topics of interest, which could include things like food access, transportation, housing, small business support, development, equity, care for our elder wisdom keepers, etc. We invite your ideas! Please send us your suggestions for breakout room discussion topics to info@lunited.org!

We will also be discussing how we as Lawrenceville residents and LU members can most effectively participate in Pittsburgh’s city-wide planning process, now being carried out through online processes and platforms such as EngagePGH – we want to make sure our neighborhood’s voice is heard.

Please let us know if you need any accommodations to help make participating easier by contacting us at 412-802-7220 or info@lunited.org!

Update: off-street parking requirements for rowhouse neighborhoods

In March, Mayor Peduto introduced zoning text amendments with a goal of “improving pedestrian safety, enhancing neighborhood walkability, and promoting non-vehicular mobility.” Under this proposed legislation, minimum parking requirements would be reduced from 1 to 0 in R1A (residential, single-family attached AKA rowhouse) neighborhoods like Lawrenceville. Maximum parking requirements would remain the same (4). For more information, check out this City Paper article from Ryan Deto.

A Planning Commission hearing was held on 6/30/2020 on this proposed legislation. LU, along with Lawrenceville Corporation and members of Lawrenceville Stakeholders, all provided testimony in support of the goals of the legislation and encouraging the City of Pittsburgh to go further by providing additional tools to communities to restrict integral garages and curb cuts on primary streets. As LU has heard repeatedly through the Lawrenceville Community Process, the continued creation of curb cuts, driveways, and front-facing off-street parking has a number of detrimental impacts to the neighborhood: removing precious public on-street parking for a single user, reducing the walkability and accessibility of our sidewalks, driving up housing prices, permanently preventing the ability to plant street trees, and demoting neighborly interaction at the street level. For all these reasons, LU is encouraging the City of Pittsburgh to restrict off-street parking for single-family homes to be accommodated from rear alleyways and not primary streets — or else make front-facing off-street parking require a variance or special exception at the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Read LU’s submitted testimony HERE.

After the hearing, the Planning Commission passed two motions: one motion recommended the proposed zoning text amendments in 2020-0198, and the second motion recommended that City Planning conduct exploratory research on additional legislation to further reduce the preponderance of curb cuts across the City.

The legislation will now move forward to City Council, where another public hearing will be scheduled. LU will keep the community informed as this gets scheduled!

For any input or to get involved, please contact LU at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.

Picture shows integral garages at corner of 52nd and Keystone Streets in Upper Lawrenceville
Photo credit: Ryan Deto, City Paper

 

2019 LIVE! In Lawrenceville

Join us for 2019 LIVE! in Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville United’s annual party and fundraiser celebrating the neighbors, volunteers, and leaders that make Lawrenceville special. The evening happens at the Teamsters Local Union 249 in Lawrenceville on 9/7/2019 from 7-10 p.m.

Admission includes food and drinks from local businesses, fun games, and music spun by Arie Cole. Get tickets at http://bit.ly/LIVEinLV or contact 412-802-7220.

Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Click the link on our Pittsburgh Cares site and learn about the different volunteer shifts available: https://buff.ly/2SuVY3x

Recap: Lawrenceville Wide Public Safety Meeting – July 2019

Thank you to Bike Pittsburgh, Better Streets Lawrenceville, City of Pittsburgh Zone 2, Councilwoman Deb Gross’ Office and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure for presenting to our residents at the most recent Lawrenceville Wide Public Safety Meeting.  The Lawrenceville Wide Public Safety Meeting is a great opportunity to discuss larger issues affecting the neighborhood.

The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) led an activity that allowed residents to mark and provide feedback about “hot spots’ in the neighborhood on large maps.  Ideally these suggestions will help to provide suggestions to where DOMI can install traffic calming solutions that make the neighborhood safer for all.  Our friends at Bike Pgh and Better Streets Lawrenceville also shared information about the Pittsburgh Bike Plan.  The City of Pittsburgh Bike Plan is taking suggestions and submissions from City of Pittsburgh residents to help inform best ways for pedestrians and cyclist to navigate the neighborhood.

 

Click the links below to see the the presentations from each feature presenter.

 

DOMI Traffic Calming Toolbox

 

Better Streets Lawrenceville

 

BikePGH Presentation – Lawrenceville Public Safety Meeting

Inclusionary Zoning Public Hearing on 7/16, 1:30 p.m.

A public hearing has been scheduled at City Council on the Inclusionary Housing Interim Planning Overlay District for Lawrenceville on July 16th at 1:30 p.m. at Council Chambers in the City-County Building (414 Grant Street, 5th Floor). To register for 3 minutes to speak, fill out the form here by 10:30 a.m. on 7/16, or call the City Clerk office at 412-255-2138. Residents who don’t register in advance may still come to the public hearing and speak for 1 minute.

This is expected to be the last public hearing before City Council votes on the legislation, which was introduced in February by Councilwoman Gross and unanimously recommended by the Planning Commission in April. The legislation requires residential development projects in Lawrenceville over 20 units to include 10% of units for low and moderate income families.

Lawrenceville United fully supports mandatory inclusionary zoning as a tool to create housing opportunities for all as the neighborhood grows. We encourage residents to come to the public hearing on 7/16 to voice their support.

Need help preparing your testimony? Join us on Monday, July 15th from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center (118 52nd Street) for support.

Need a ride to the hearing? Call us at 412-802-7220 or email info@LUnited.org.

Public Information Meeting – Lawrenceville’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning and the Urban Redevelopment Authority have been working with the Lawrenceville community to see the neighborhood added to the National Register of Historic Places. Please join us at 6.30 PM on Monday, December 10th at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center (118 52ndStreet, 15201) for an update of our efforts.

 National Historic designation does not restrict property owners in any way or provide any additional restrictions or oversights. National Register designation creates exceptional marketing and promotional opportunities and is a way to raise public awareness about a community’s history. Information about the National Register of Historic Places may be found on the State  Historic Preservation Office’s website here:  https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/National-Register/Pages/default.aspx; and on the National Park Service’s website: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/index.htm.

Questions? Contact your neighborhood planner, Andrea Lavin Kossis, at Andrea.LavinKossis@pittsburghpa.gov, or 412.255.2223.

Recap from Housing For All: Community Feedback & Call to Action

Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation, Councilwoman Deb Gross, and the Department of City Planning held the third and final “Housing For All” community meeting on Monday, November 5th from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s Workforce Development Center. The meeting focused on the proposed Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) for Lawrenceville that would implement inclusionary zoning across the neighborhood. Please see below for materials and notes from the meeting:

Please follow the links below for recaps of the previous two meetings:

Next steps:

  • Sign the petition to support the Lawrenceville Inclusionary Zoning IPOD and share it with your neighbors!
  • Speak at an upcoming City Council standing meeting on 11/27, 12/5, 12/11, or 12/19 (all at 10 a.m. at City Council chambers) to voice your support for inclusionary zoning! Contact info@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220 for more information.

Recap from Housing For All: Inclusionary Zoning as a Tool to Preserve Affordability

The second of three “Housing For All” community meetings was held on Wednesday, October 17th at 6 p.m. at Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s Workforce Development Center. The meeting focused on Inclusionary Zoning as a tool to preserve affordability. Please see below for materials and notes from the meeting:

  • Presentation from Lawrenceville United & Lawrenceville Corporation
  • Video introducing Inclusionary Housing
  • Presentation from Department of City Planning
  • Meeting notes from Q&A + break-out groups
  • Follow up questions that were submitted are currently being answered and will be posted here when complete.

The third community meeting, Housing For All: Community Feedback and Call to Action, will take place on Monday, November 5th from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center (118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201). The building is fully accessible. Dinner provided. Childcare available by advance request to LU at 412-802-7220.

For a recap of the first meeting held on 9/28/2018, Housing For All: The State of Housing & Displacement in Lawrenceville, please click here.