Neighborhood Developments


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

SHUC and GCA logos


Want To Buy A Fixer Upper?

Want to Buy a Fixer-Upper? (CARL logo)

Want to Buy a Fixer-Upper? (CARL logo)

The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is coordinating fixer upper loans for home owners who want to buy a house that needs a lot of work.

The loan covers the cost of the home plus the home improvement construction.  Like a one-stop mortgage, it’s called a Community Acquisition & Rehabilitation Loan or “CARL.”

Greenfield’s moderately priced census tract 1517 is part of the CARL pilot program.  That’s the area bounded by Winterburn on the west, the Parkway East on the north, Saline Street on the east and Hazelwood Avenue (including Notley, etc) on the south.

If the combined value of the loan is less than $233,000, then the borrower has to put only 5% down.  The big requirement is that the owner must live in the home for five years or sell to another owner-occupant.

Click on the logo above to visit PCRG’s Community Acquistion & Rehabilitation Loan website to learn more.

 

(CARL logo courtesy PCRG)