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Join us for a Public Hearing with City Council Tomorrow

Share your story about why affordable housing is important to you and why you support a Housing Opportunity Fund to #KeepPGHhome! Make sure to sign up to speak by registering on the city’s website or calling (412) 255-2138 by 10:00 am tomorrow! If you sign up you will have 3 mintues to speak, if you don’t sign up you can still speak, but will only have 1 minute.

Let us know you can make it!

Wednesday, September 21st at 5:30 pm
5th Floor, City County Building
414 Grant Street (Downtown)

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday! Make sure to share the Facebook event after you RSVP to let your friends know you want to #KeepPGHhome!

Sincerely,

Celeste Scott
Organizer, Housing Opportunity Fund

Complete Streets Update Public Meeting

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Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm
South Side Market House
1 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh

Last December, DCP announced that it would take on a new Complete Streets policy initiative. After months of drafts and stakeholder engagement, we are now opening up the text of the new policy for public comment. Please join us at the South Side Market House (1 Bedford Square, South Side Flats) for an update on the Complete Streets process, Q&A session and directions for how to provide your input on the policy.

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City Releases 2016 Paving Plans And New Transportation Asset Management System

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) has released its 2016 street paving list. Approximately 49.5 miles are scheduled to be paved this year.

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To support improved management of the city’s road network, the City of Pittsburgh has contracted with Cartegraph, Inc. to conduct a comprehensive pavement condition assessment of all 2,400 lane miles of city-owned streets. As part of the assessment process, Cartegraph staff will travel every mile of street using specially equipped vehicles that collect detailed information on twelve different distress criteria.

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Tomorrow: Affordable Housing Deliberative Forum

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:00-8:30 pm
Where: National Association of Letter Carriers, 841 California Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15212

It’s not too late to join us at one of five Affordable Housing Deliberative Forums. Your input is crucial to this process. All residents are welcome!

Modeled after the highly successful Police Chief and Capital Budget public meetings, these new forums will give neighbors a chance to learn about the work of the Affordable Housing Task Force. The forums will also provide an opportunity for the community to provide input on affordable housing issues, specifically relating to policies, programs or initiatives designed to increase the supply of affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh.

Each forum will include:

  • A brief overview of the Affordable Housing Task Force and Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh
  • Small group discussions of priorities recommended by the task force
  • Q&A opportunities with the panel members
  • Food will be served

All forums contain the same presented content, and are open to every resident of the City of Pittsburgh. Families are encouraged to attend and participate.

Register: tinyurl.com/affordable412

Please call Sally Stadelman at (412) 255-4773 or email sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov with any questions. Walk-in registration will be available on the day of the forum.

City of Pittsburgh Adds New 311 Tools

Pittsburgh has just made it easier to use the city’s 311 non-emergency reporting service than ever before. In addition to the online web form and phone service, residents can now take advantage of both a Twitter handle and MyBurgh apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices. You can learn more via the official press release – and we’ve also updated the links on our own Government Resources page.

Yard Debris Special Collection – Spring 2015

The Department of Public Works Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Saturday, May 16th, 2015.

The following yard waste resources will be accepted during collection:

  • Leaves
  • Branches (4 inch diameter or less)
  • Brush
  • Grass

Residents should place yard debris at curbside location and recycling/refuse pick up spots before 6:00 am on May 16th.

Bagged debris should be in paper bags weighing less than 35 pounds. Bundled debris should be bound with fiber twine or natural rope. Branch lengths should not exceed five feet.

Please Note: Crews will not collect plastic bags, metal, wire, rocks, blocks, bricks, soil, dirt, gravel, glass or plastic. Yard waste found not meeting collection guidelines will be left at the curb.

For more information, visit the Bureau of Environmental Services website.

Questions should be directed to the Bureau of Environmental Services: (412) 255-2773 or (412) 255-2631

Suggest a Question for the Allegheny West Candidates Night

Candidate's Night

AWCC will be hosting the City Council candidates for District 1 on Tuesday April 14 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Calvary Church. All three of the candidates have confirmed their attendance.

Anne Gilligan will be moderating. All candidates will be given 2 minutes to answer each question, and then they will all be given 1 minute of rebuttal time. The speaking order will be decided by a random drawing.

We are going to start everyone off with the question:

What is the biggest problem facing Pittsburgh and how will you address it?

The committee would also like to solicit questions from the neighborhood in advance. Please submit your questions below or on this website and the committee members will group the most popular questions together. Assuming time allows we’ll also take some questions from the audience the evening of the event.

Anyone from District 1 is invited to attend. We will have some cookies, veggies and drinks but you’re welcome to bring a snack to share. (No alcohol please, out of respect for Calvary and the moderator’s sanity. )

NOTE: Our regular AWCC membership meeting will take place at 8:30pm following the event, and we hope everyone will stay (even if it’s messes up our quorum count.)

Submit your question using the form linked below or by sending a note with your name and question to president@alleghenywest.org

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Rescheduled: Lake Elizabeth Cleanup

Lake Elizabeth

We have rescheduled the Lake Elizabeth clean up!

Who: Neighbors of Allegheny Commons
What: Removal of leaves and debris from Lake Elizabeth
Where: Meet at Soldiers Monument
When: Monday, February 16th at 3:30 pm
Why: Removing the excess debris will allow DPW to refill the lake with water
How: DPW will be providing trash bags, rakes and gloves to assist in the clean up. Please come dressed for the cold weather! Some tools will be available but feel free to bring along anything that might be helpful!

light snacks and refreshments will be available

Spring is Renovation Time – Your LRC is Here to Help

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

Allegheny West homeowners and businesspeople: Are you contemplating exterior renovations to your property this Spring? If so, you may want to contact your Local Historic Review Committee. We are a group of residents and property owners convened by the City Historic Review Commission to review exterior renovation projects, to help property owners manage the building permit process, and to provide our recommendations to you, as the property owner, and the City Historic Review Commission.

Because Allegheny West is a City Historic District, all exterior work that is visible from a right-of-way, a street or alley, needs a Certificate of Appropriateness, and, depending on the type of project, possibly a building permit. Once you have a concept, idea, or plan, check the Allegheny West Historic Guidelines. These guidelines are posted on-line on the City HRC site. If your project fits the guidelines or is fairly simple and straightforward, such as painting, you may be able to get approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness “over the counter” at 200 Ross Street, Downtown. The person you will need to contact for this is Sarah Quinn, the City Historic Preservation Planner, (412) 255-2243 or sarah.quinn@pittsburghpa.gov.

However, if you are planning a more significant project, such as replacement of windows or doors, installation of a fence, porch, or addition, you will need to have a hearing before the Historic Review Commission. In the second instance, please contact us, your local committee. We will review your plans, make recommendations, and help you get through the process. To be put on the LRC’s agenda, contact Carole Malakoff, carolemalakoff@hotmail.com.

Warning – Do not proceed with work without a building permit or a CofA! Property owners who have done so in the past have been cited by Building Inspection. Time and money had to be expended to resolve the situations, and projects were delayed.

If you have specific questions, be sure to attend February’s AWCC meeting. Sarah Quinn, the City Historic Planner will be there to talk about the process, guidelines, and answer your specific questions.

Special Guests for February Membership Meeting

One of the ideas that folks for making the AWCC Membership meeting more interesting is to have more outside speakers. Since your wish is my command (except for Parking, because I’m not actually a magic genie), we have two special guests on Tuesday.

Sarah Quinn, from the City of Pittsburgh’s, Office of Historic Preservation will be visiting to answer all your questions about the Historic Review process. With the spring construction season fast approaching, here’s your chance to get the inside scoop on everything

Erin Tobin from the Allegheny Commons Initiative will also be visiting.  Great timing for us, so we can follow up on the discussion we started at the last meeting about the fate of the West Ohio Street Bridge.

If you have ideas for future speakers, please send them my way, at president@alleghenywest.org or (412) 418-2027.