UPDATE: New date and location for the Fire Site Development Community Input Workshop

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UPDATE:  This workshop will take place on Monday, January 27 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue.

This is  the second in a series of public-input sessions focused on the Fire Site.  This meeting will feature three interactive workshops (25 minutes each) for sharing more about the project’s process and next steps and gathering community input:

Site design

Uses & users

>  Economics

Attendees will split into three smaller groups so the sessions are more interactive. Attendees will then rotate through and participate in all three workshops. At the end, we’ll get together as one big group to discuss and recap.

We are interested in hearing from all Polish Hill residents. We also encourage business owners who are interested in locating their operation in Polish Hill to attend.

The Fire Site is located in the 3100 block of Brereton and Dobson Streets in the heart of Polish Hill and consists of three parcels of land.  The site is owned by the Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.


Fire site development will be the focus at the community meeting on Wednesday, November 6


At the November community meeting, on Wednesday the 6, the discussion will focus on the fire site development.  The team selected to develop the site will be on hand to introduce themselves to residents.  We’ll sketch out the next steps in planning, and residents can share their thoughts.

The meeting is on the lower level of the West Penn Recreation Center, 450 30th Street, and will start at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 4: Polish Hill Community Meeting

The June community meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4.  The meeting will take place on the lower level of the West Penn Recreation Center, at 450 30th Street.  Enter through the door on the side of the building.

This will be the last community meeting until September 3 — there will be no meetings in July and August.  At this meeting, we’ll have guest speakers from Zone 2 and Bike Pittsburgh.  Updates on current projects, announcements of upcoming events.  Residents will also have an opportunity to ask questions or share their concerns.  All are welcome to attend.

Learn more about the Façade Renovation Grant Program and weigh in on City planning for open spaces at the Monthly Community Meeting, Tuesday, March 5

There will be two big topics at the monthly community meeting.  There’s the Polish Hill Pivotal Streets Façade Renovation Grant Program, which we are very excited to be introducing.  Many residents have already inquired about the program or picked up applications.  We’ll have the information and applications at the meeting, as well as a copy of the Design Guide to look at.

The main event of the meeting will be a presentation by City planners working on the Open Space section of PlanPGH.  Planning staff will be on hand to speak about the plan and it’s recommendations.

The city’s open spaces comprise 18.7% of its land base and offer many benefits to residents.  Open spaces support recreation, protect natural areas, enhance water and air quality, foster community identity and sustain community gardens.  The plan will provide guidelines for optimal land use, infrastructure decisions, parks, greenways, as well as vacant and distressed properties.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who cares about these issues to have a voice in what will drive Pittsburgh planning for the next 25 years.  City planners truly want the input of residents and community groups.  We’ve been able to get the concerns of Polish Hill on their radar in terms of transportation planning.  Now it’s time to weigh in about open spaces — something Polish Hill has a lot of.  This is your chance to have a say in how Pittsburgh will evolve, and we hope you will attend.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on the lower level of West Penn Recreation Center, at 450 30th Street.  For more information, call us at 412.681.1950, or email us.

To learn more about the meeting topics:

Read the Open Space section of PlanPGH, Pittsburgh’s 25-year plan.
Check out our post on the Polish Hill Pivotal Streets Façade Renovation Grant Program.

A community meeting this evening, Council to Go on Wednesday

This evening, Tuesday January 8 at 6:30 p.m. is Polish Hill’s monthly community meeting.  Items on the agenda include a visit from Zone 2 traffic officers and updates on what the PHCA will be doing in upcoming months.  The meeting will take place on the lower level of the West Penn Recreation Center, 450 30th Street.  Use the door on the side of the building, facing the driveway.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. is Council to Go, with District 7 Councilman Patrick Dowd.  Council to Go takes place every other month and is hosted by the PHCA at our office at 3060 Brereton Street.  All residents are invited to stop by to find out what’s going on in City Council or to relay concerns to our councilman.

And on Thursday, there’s the public meeting in regards to the proposed social club — see the previous blog post for more details.

That’s a lot of public meetings in one week!  But the weather’s easing up — so we hope to see you at one or more of these.  For more information, call the PHCA at 412.681.1950, or email us at phca@phcapgh.org.

Public meeting on January 10 regarding proposed social club on Sassafras Street in Polish Hill

RCH Pittsburgh LLC (building owner) has applied for a zoning variance (911.03B) for the organization Social Association for Pittsburgh Professional (S.A.P.P.) to open a 4,000 sq ft social club for special events on the second floor of #0 Sassafras Street (the blue building next to the Herron Ave Bridge, near Liberty Ave. & 33rd Street).  S.A.P.P. has also applied for a liquor license.

The proposed social club would be in the large blue building next to the Herron Ave Bridge (to the right in the above photo), on the northern border of Polish Hill.

Anyone wishing to learn more about what the owners plan for the club is invited to attend a multi-community public meeting on Thursday, January 10 from 6:00 — 8:00 p.m.  The meeting will take place at the West Penn Recreation Center, 450 30th Street, in Polish Hill (enter on the lower level of the building, halfway up the driveway.)

Representatives from S.A.P.P., the Polish Hill Civic Association, Neighbors in the Strip,  Lawrenceville United, Bloomfield Development Corporation, and City Councilman Patrick Dowd’s office will also be present.

For more information, contact the Polish Hill Civic Association at 412.681.1950, or email phca@phcapgh.org.

(Top photo by Mark Knobil for the PHCA.  Bottom photo from Google maps)