Neighborhood Developments


Vote For Your Favorite City Steps

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With over 800 staircases, Pittsburgh has the most public steps of any city in America.  In Greenfield we have staircases and jump-walks (*sidewalks with built-in steps) that make connections between streets and traverse our steep hills.

But with limited resources, the City of Pittsburgh needs to prioritize maintenance.

Vote For Your Favorite Steps!  Suggest improvements

  • Do you use City steps or jumpwalks(*) to get from place to place?
  • Are the steps in need of repair or maintenance (weeds or snow)?
  • Are there steps you’d use but they’re closed or too dangerous?
  • Do you have ideas on how to improve the City’s steps?

Learn about the steps and the project here:  Go to http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dcp-mobility.html and click on the City Steps tab as shown above.

Then visit the City Steps wikimap to vote for the steps you use, report problem areas and suggest improvements at:
http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/Pittsburgh-Citywide-Steps-Assessment.html

Questions or comments?  Contact:
Kristin Saunders
Principal Transportation Planner
Department of Mobility & Infrastructure
414 Grant Street
kristin.saunders@pittsburghpa.gov

 

p.s. Here are some steps you might think abouy:  Alexis steps to Greenfield Avenue, Magee Field steps from McCaslin Street down and up to Greenfield Avenue, Coleman Street jumpwalks (sidewalks with built-in steps), Murray Avenue steps to Browns Hill Road.

 


Bus Rapid Transit Layout Workshop: Greenfield + Squirrel Hill

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Greenfield & Squirrel Hill, provide your input on the next phase of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) planning.

When: Tuesday June 27, 2017, 6:30p – 8:00p

Where:  JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217

Please plan to attend this important meeting where the Port Authority will:

  • Update us on the status of the BRT plan,
  • Answer our questions about the planning process,
  • Collect our input on station placement and street design.

 

Next steps in the process are:

Summer 2017: Public input on layout of streets and stations; environmental impacts analysis and preliminary engineering.

September 2017: Application to Federal Transit Administration for funding.

For more information on the BRT project, visit the Port Authority website at www.portauthority.org.

Download the BRT Flyer here.


Community Meeting on Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Buncher site at Squirrel Hill-Greenfield border, Forward at Beechwood ramp

Buncher site at Squirrel Hill-Greenfield border, Forward Ave at Beechwood ramp

There’s a building at the corner of Forward Avenue, Beechwood Blvd, and the Parkway East off-ramp that you probably don’t look at very often. It’s the former home of The Buncher Company, circled in red above.

The Buncher Company, partnering with Keystone Relief Centers, wants to turn this building into a medical marijuana dispensary.

Medical marijuana is a new use in Pennsylvania so the building must have a Special Use Exception zoning permit before it can proceed.

The Zoning Board listens to community feedback as part of making its decision.  Before the zoning hearing occurs, scheduled for May 25, Squirrel Hill and Greenfield will have an opportunity to learn about the project and give it a thumbs up or down.

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) and Greenfield Community Association (GCA) invite you to a public meeting to learn more about Keystone Relief Centers’ proposed medical marijuana dispensary at 3550 Forward Avenue/ Buncher Property.

WHAT: A Community Presentation and Discussion: Zoning Application for “Special Use Exception” for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 3885 Forward Ave.

WHEN: Wednesday / May 17, 2017 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE:  At the Children’s Institute (1405 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill), in the Multi-Purpose Room

Please join Councilman Corey O’Connor, representatives from Keystone Relief Centers, and members from SHUC and the GCA as we learn about and discuss what this Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) special use exception would mean at this gateway corner into our two communities.

 

For more information about this project or any other Coalition-led programs and events, please visit www.shuc.org, call 412-422-7666 or email info@shuc.org.

For more on Greenfield Community Association projects, please visit www.gcapgh.org, call 412-339-0422, or email info@gcapgh.org


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Community Meeting, April 3

Pittsburgh is considering Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to create a fast, frequent, bus service linking Downtown, Uptown, Oakland and the East End neighborhoods.

Please join Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, and Port Authority of Allegheny County for a community presentation about ongoing planning for bus rapid transit (BRT) connecting Downtown, Uptown, Oakland, and other East End Neighborhoods.

When:  Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Where: NOTE! THE LOCATION CHANGED AS OF MARCH 21!
In the Multi-Purpose room
Children’s Institute
1405 Shady Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
See Google map here

 

The purpose of this community meeting is to:
– update you on the status of BRT planning;
– answer your questions about the planning process; and
– collect your input on infrastructure and service options.

To provide further input beyond this meeting, visit the online survey or attend the public open house:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 12:00-2:00 pm and 4:00-7:00 pm
Connolly Ballroom Alumni Hall | University of Pittsburgh | 4227 Fifth Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Click here for the flyer.


Support The Green First Plan

Improved stormwater management is critical to the well being of The Run.  Not only do we need repairs to existing “gray” infrastructure (sewer pipes) but we need new “green” stormwater management to prevent tens of thousands of gallons of clean water in Schenley Park from entering the sewer system and swamping The Run.

The Greenfield Community Association is passing along this action alert from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Show your support for the Green First Plan!

The new City-Wide Green First Plan aims to manage stormwater issues in Pittsburgh.

An initiative of the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), the Green First Plan outlines innovative, cost-effective, and green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. Click here to voice your support for this plan.

Choosing green solutions like rain gardens, meadows, and tree plantings over grey solutions like sewer expansions benefits our parks and neighborhoods. Green infrastructure provides stormwater management as well as aesthetically pleasing community greenspaces and healthy wildlife habitat. A green city draws top talent, spurs economic development, and brings health benefits to all.

Your voice can help determine Pittsburgh’s green future: Submit your comments on the Green First Plan today.

SUPPORT THE GREEN FIRST PLAN HERE

Please pass this message along to others!

Thank you for supporting a plan that will improve Pittsburgh’s parks and communities.

Heather Sage
Director of Community Projects
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy


Deadline Extended For Pump House Proposals

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Wanted! A New Mural on the Pump House at the corner of Irvine Street and Greenfield Avenue.

The GCA has extended the deadline for wayfinding mural proposals for the Pump House pictured above at the corner of Irvine Street at Greenfield Avenue.

You still have time to design and draw your proposal.  We’ve extended the deadline to Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Click here for details.  <– NOTE!  This document was updated 12 Jan 2017.  If you downloaded it earlier, please retrieve the new copy.


New Trees Planted In The Run

New trees planted in The Run with Tree Pittsburgh

New trees planted in The Run with Tree Pittsburgh, 5 Nov 2016

 

On Saturday, November 5th, several residents joined the volunteers from Tree Pittsburgh to reforest 150 trees in the slopes above the Run and the Parkway, just east of St. John Chrysostom Church.

The trees replace a blighted area that had succumbed to invasive vines.

On behalf of the GCA, thank you to all the volunteers, Tree Pittsburgh, and TreeVitalize for making this happen!


Flood in The Run, August 28

Flash flood caused by sewer overflow in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

On Sunday evening, 28 August 2016, a stationary thunderstorm dropped 1 to 3 inches of rain in the Pittsburgh area causing combined sewer overflow and flash floods in a number of neighborhoods.  The Run, in lower Greenfield, was particularly hard hit.

Ray Gerard sent photos by Justin Macey and wrote:

As you may have heard, this past Sunday’s rainstorm brought a great deal of flooding to The Run … again.

Many folks cars were underwater, two people (1 adult & 1 child) had to be rescued by firefighters, and for some long term residents living near St John Chrysostom Church, for the first time in their memory, inches of water came up through their basement floors/sewers. This has traditionally been one of a couple of small areas devoid of water damage when it floods, due to a bit of higher ground.

Here are some pictures from Sunday, taken by Justin Macey.  Of course there are many, many more pictures and pretty dramatic video clips as well.

Keep in mind that this flooding is not just water but also sewage.

In the photos below, a father and son were stranded in their car as the floodwaters rose. Firefighters arrived to rescue them and were soon up to their axles as well.

Father and son stranded in their car during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Father and son stranded in their car during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Firetruck arrives to rescue stranded father and son during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Firetruck arrives to rescue stranded father and son during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Another view of the flood.

Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

And here’s one source of the floodwater.

Storm water and sewage bubble out of the sewer system, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Storm water and sewage bubble out of the sewer system, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

 

(photos by Justin Macey)


When It Rains Hard, The Run Floods

What happens in The Run (lower Greenfield) when it rains hard?

On June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh got more than half an inch of rain in 15 minutes — and nearly an inch in 24 hours.  This was too much for the combined sewer system that carries both storm water and sewage. The sewers made geysers in The Run.

Patrick Gula recorded the video above. Tommy D’Andrea took photos.

The Sewer Geyser begins underneath the Parkway bridge (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser begins, 16 June 2016, under the Parkway bridge (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser grows, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser grows, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

Thar She Blows! Full force geyser of combined sewer (storm water + sewage) during heavy rain in The Run, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

Thar She Blows! Full force geyser of combined sewer (storm water + sewage) during heavy rain in The Run, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

Yow!  This has to be fixed.

 

(photos by Tommy D’Andrea, video by Patrick Gula)


Community Meeting: Buncher Property Rezoning

Buncher Property at 5500 Forward Ave (photo courtesy SHUC.org)

Buncher Property at 5500 Forward Ave (photo courtesy SHUC.org)

Community Presentation and Discussion:  5500 Forward Avenue, Property of Buncher Company

When: MONDAY, May 2, 2016, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave in Squirrel Hill, Room 202

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Greenfield Community Association invite you to a public meeting to learn more about Buncher Company’s recent application to Pittsburgh City Planning to rezone and consolidate the property on 5500 Forward Avenue.

Please join Councilman Corey O’Connor; a Buncher Company representative; representatives from Office of City Planning; and members from SHUC and GCA Gateway, Commercial Development and Transportation committees as we discuss what the zoning changes may mean for this important “first-impression” corner of the southern Gateway into Squirrel Hill and our two communities.

Your comments at the meeting will be welcomed.

For more information about this project or any other Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition-led programs and events, please call 412-422-7666 or email us at info@shuc.org. Find us at www.shuc.org

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