Garfield Survey

Garfield Community Input Needed

FILL OUT THE SURVEY!

ATTN: Garfield residents, we’d love to hear from you!

Garfield Technology and Wifi Survey 

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Assemble are looking into finding access to Wifi as well as computers for the community. In reaching out, we want to get an idea of what people have and what people need. This will help us to then reach out to organizations that will able to connect us to FREE computers for YOU!

 

Garfield Public Safety Survey

The BGC is polling residents to gather feedback on public safety issues, as well as future plans for the neighborhood’s “Green Zone” (trails/parks management).

We also want to hear from local youths, so we’re encouraging them to fill out the Garfield kids’ survey. Please feel free to share these surveys with your neighbors!

We’re hiring for two positions!

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation is looking for a Greenzone Coordinator as well as a Night Market Manager.

Apply to day to be part of the Garfield Team!

UPDATED! FULL TIME Garfield Greenzone & Public Safety Coordinator 

Position Description

Part-time position:  30 hours per week- full time

Compensation:    $16.50 per hour with some benefits

Goal

The Bloomfield Garfield Corporation (BGC) is seeking a staff person to help with coordinating a number of initiatives and programs in the Garfield neighborhood  (Greenzone) and Penn Avenue corridor. Although this position reports to the Chief Operations Officer, the employee will be working directly with and under the guidance of the Community Engagement and Planning Specialist. This staff member will coordinate efforts for the community around environmental and public safety issues. This includes the use of a combination of volunteers from the neighborhood and people who have been assigned by the district magistrate’s office to perform community service hours to implement these projects or activities. This is an evolving project and this individual should anticipate being assigned other duties, as needed.

The Garfield Green Zone will provide a platform for bringing area residents into greater contact with natural spaces while providing a pathway for non-violent offenders to avoid incarceration. The primary goals of the project are maximizing the benefit of available green space for the entire, diverse Garfield community, diverting community members from jail, facilitating the reduction of participants’ fines, and, where applicable, supporting the development of marketable job skills.

Roles and Responsibilities (highlights)

Plan events around and assemble volunteers to assist with, implementing various aspects of the Garfield Greenway plan, including clean-ups, tree plantings, and other projects, including community outreach;

Create a pool of volunteer labor from persons assigned by the district magistrate’s court to perform community service hours that will assist the BGC in maintaining and enhancing public spaces in Garfield and in the Penn Avenue corridor; Ensure that these volunteers have the necessary clearances and provide all training and supervision required for them to be effective in their roles; Handle all reporting to the court on the hours expended by these volunteers;

Oversee day‐to‐day property maintenance, including Identify and collect data on parcels that are eligible for BGC green zone acquisition, perform audit of conditions of properties, identify use for spaces, and manage acquisition and land use processes

Provide quality customer service to internal and external stakeholders and the general public; including interfacing with referred clients to relay clear expectations and with the court and associated programs (probation, parole, CISP, etc) to maintain clear channels of communication

Participate in Public Safety Initiatives, this includes reporting 311 issues, work with groups such as Zone 5 Police around community issues, organization of the Ambassador program, conduct Garfield Public Safety Task Force meetings, and attend Zone 5 Public Safety Council meetings.

Requirements of Position:

  • Good interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, G-mail and Google Drive
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner, often with quick-turnarounds
  • Comfortable making phone calls and distributing flyers in community
  • Occasional availability in the evenings and on weekends for meetings or activities.
  • Strong team-building skills.
  • Valid PA drive’s license and access to a reliable motor vehicle when needed
  • Experience or interest in land stewardship and/or urban agriculture
  • Ability to pass PA Act 33/34 and FBI fingerprint clearances
  • Residence, upbringing, or family in Garfield, East End, or close proximity preferred
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Qualified ex-offenders encouraged to apply

Experience

  • History of working with diverse and/or underrepresented or disadvantaged populations
  • Some background in organizing or coordinating advocacy or grass-roots campaigns or projects
  • Associate’s degree or B. A. degree in field of related interest

To apply

email nina@bloomfield-garfield.org

Must include “Garfield Greenzone & Public Safety Coordinator ” in subject line, resume, and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position.

Garfield Night Market Coordinator

Compensation:  $15/hr

Hours: 40 hours a month

Job Description 

Organization:

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, founded in 1976, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the Garfield and surrounding neighborhoods. It pursues this mission by engaging members of the community in projects, programs, and activities that foster better physical, economic and social conditions within the BGC’s area of focus, and by enabling residents of all ages to realize their full educational and/or economic potential.

Job Summary:

Although this position reports to the Chief Operations Officer, you will be working directly with and under the guidance of the Community Engagement and Planning Specialist. This part time position will run from June through the beginning of October, with markets scheduled for July, August, September, and October first Fridays evenings.

The Garfield Night Market has four goals:

  • To foster Garfield’s entrepreneurs,
  • To give families a place to spend a Friday night together,
  • To highlight Garfield’s creativity and energy, and
  • To increase Garfield’s visibility to the rest of Pittsburgh by building a bridge between Garfield and Penn Avenue Unblurred.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  1.   Public relations for the market, including the distribution of print materials in and around Garfield, Bloomfield, East Liberty, and Lawrenceville, managing press coverage, updating directories, and maintaining activity on several social media outlets
  2.   Vendor recruitment, outreach and coordination, including obtaining weekly updates from vendors during the season
  3.   Collection of dues and weekly record-keeping
  4.   Monthly operations of the market including oversight of vendors and site management
  5.   Assist with research for market best practices and potential funding sources
  6.   Keep track of and maintain relationships with local sponsors, and special event performers

Qualifications:

  • Must be organized and pay close attention to detail
  • Access to a car and a valid driver’s license
  • Experience with Excel or Google Sheets
  • Ability to self-direct and manage
  • Ability think creatively about challenges and solutions
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong experience with social media
  • Ability to forge relationships with all stakeholders, including vendors, customers, active community members, and local business owners
  • Residence in Garfield or East End preferred (or close proximity)
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds

Hours explained:

The week of the Garfield Night Market’s hours are not to exceed 15 hours/week.

The rest of the weeks’ hours are not to exceed 10 hours/week.

Schedule is flexible except for First Friday of the month when the Garfield Night Market is scheduled and required monthly meetings.

To apply

email nina@bloomfield-garfield.org

Must include “Garfield Night Market Coordinator ” in subject line, resume, and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position.

 

The BGC is an equal opportunity employer.

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, founded in 1976, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the Garfield and surrounding neighborhoods. It pursues this mission by engaging members of the community in projects, programs, and activities that foster better physical, economic and social conditions within the BGC’s area of focus, and by enabling residents of all ages to realize their full educational and/or economic potential.

 

Covid-19 Resources: Get Help!

IMPORTANT: 

Local Help is Available during the Covid-19 Social Distancing Initiative

Garfield NEIGHBORS IN NEED FUND– A fund to help individuals & families facing a hardship. Typical grants average $0-$500. Bloomfield Garfield Corporation: 412-426-5329 or email PAM@bloomfield-garfield.org

APPLY ONLINE Garfield Neighbors in Need Crisis Fund Online Application: 

https://tinyurl.com/GarfieldCrisisFund.

Donate to the East End Neighbors in Need Crisis Fund! This fund exists to give financial assistance to people in our community who are going through an unexpected crisis.Want to DONATE to this fund?: click here and CHOOSE NEIGHBORS IN NEED

GARFIELD FOOD RESOURCES:

Care Packages Delivered: A volunteer service delivering packaged meals to those in need in Garfield. Garfield Jubilee: 412-277-4616

Free Meals for Pick up– Everyday’s a Sunday has partnered with BGC using 412FoodRescue donations to provide free meals to those in need in the community. 4919 Penn Ave Pittsburgh PA 15224, Available for Pick Up Wed-Fri 11am to 2pm, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 6pm to supplies run out.

Receive ‘Grab n Go’ Meal Bags on your doorstep Mon/Fri between 2:30 – 4:00Local non-profit located on the corner of Friendship Ave. and S. Pacific Ave delivering daily lunches door to door. Must contact to fill out distribution form EVO FOOD DELIVERY WaiverMarilyn Chaney at Earthen Vessels Outreach Call: 412 – 214-0862 or email: earthenvessels98@gmail.com

GARFIELD Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank Distribution Site-3rd weekend (Sat) April at 9am Morningside Church of God in Christ-5173 Dearborn St, Pittsburgh PA 15224. Residents of GARFIELD (15224, 15206) can be issued food boxes at this church location and must bring proof of residence and source of financial income to register. 

GARFIELD Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank Distribution Site Friday April 3rd at 11am. Valley View Presbyterian Church- 601 N Aiken Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Stay in your car and volunteers will place bosses in their cars.  If you cannot drive then they will deliver to your doorstep. Must call ahead 412-708-6158 Please include your Name and address if need delivery, and how many live in home. No documents needed. Additionally the last three Thursday’s of the month Valley View offers delivery of food. call 412-708-6158

BUDDY PROGRAM– 

A City wide Buddy program is organized by Pittsburgh Cares. If you would like to sign up to be a “buddy” for someone, or are looking to find a “buddy”, email info@pittsburghcares.org, or call 412-471-2114 x200 and someone will get back to you.

A “Buddy” program to match Lawrenceville, Bloomfield & Garfield volunteers with seniors and others at high risk for phone calls / check-ins, grocery/prescription runs, meal deliveries, etc. To sign up for a buddy or be a buddy go to  https://tinyurl.com/CovidBuddy

To sign up for a buddy’s help call: Bloomfield Garfield Corporation: 412-426-5329, Lawrenceville United: 412-802-7220, or Bloomfield Development Corporation: (412) 681-8800

RENT AND MORTGAGE HELP

Rent and Mortgage Relief Fund
Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief NOW OPEN https://www.phfa.org/pacares/

RENT & UTILITIES-Housing Stabilization Program  The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) is a housing crisis intervention program that provides one-time or short term (up to 4 months) financial assistance to renters who are facing a temporary, non-reoccurring housing crisis. CALL 412-227-4163

HEALTH INFORMATION- What we know:

    • The new Coronavirus, or COVID-19*, was identified in December 2019
    • It produces flu-like symptoms–fever, cough, shortness of breath, but is more contagious.
    • In about 15% of cases, it can lead to severe respiratory illness, such as pneumonia
    • There is no vaccine and no antiviral treatment at this time.
    • The virus is fatal in about 2% of reported cases–more than the seasonal flu.
    • If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you may be at risk for COVID-19, please call your doctor’s office or 24/7 Nurse line first before going to be seen by a Doctor.
    • You can also contact one of the following sources with questions:
      • Allegheny County Health Department at (412) 687-2243
      • PA State Department of Health at 1-877-724-3258.
    • For answers on Coronavirus, the flu, or any health-related questions, call your doctor.
    • Call 24/7 Nurse Line for help in understanding your condition
      • In the Pittsburgh area call (412) NURSE-4-U
    • If you don’t have a doctor, find a doctor now, call (412) DOCTORS or (814) SAMEDAY
    • If you are in a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
    • All Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP recipients will have testing and treatment covered.’
  • UPMC, Highmark, and Aetna will waive applicable deductibles, copayments, or other cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing when ordered by a member’s treating medical provider.
  • Uninsured:  Metro Health Clinic (sliding scale); iHealth Clinic in East Liberty ($35 flat fee)

ACCESS TO INFO & UPDATES:

  • In order to best serve residents with questions and concerns about COVID-19, Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has partnered with United Way 211 to offer a 24/7 hotline. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.
  • We are working hard to ensure that you have the best and most current information. Stay up to date by signing up for Allegheny Alerts (www.alleghenycounty.us/alerts) and subscribing to COVID-19, follow the Health Department on Facebook (@AlleghenyCountyHealth) and Twitter (@HealthAllegheny), and visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus.
  • FOR ANY GENERAL ASSISTANCE: United Way helpline (help connecting to all kinds of resources), call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 or visit PA211sw.org

Pharmacy delivery services:

    • Wilson’s Pharmacy (412.621.6471) offers free delivery typically 4:30-7 p.m. Call ahead. 
  • Shop N Save Pharmacy (412.784.8600) offers free delivery during regular hours (9a-7p weekdays, 9a-2p weekends). Call ahead. Can order over-the-counter medications that are out of stock and include that for delivery with day’s notice.
  • The Rite Aids in Lawrenceville (412.682.6970) and Bloomfield (412.621.9987) offer delivery of prescriptions on weekdays in the later afternoon. Call ahead. There may be $3 delivery fee. Possibly will include over-the-counter meds with prescription.

Food donations: 

  • Meals on Wheels: 412.350.5460 or 412.350.4234
  • Garfield Jubilee- delivering care packages to Garfield residents: 412-277-4616
  • People’s Indian Restaurant- those with out can pick up an individual meal CALL 412-661-3160 | 5147 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224
  • Receive ‘Grab n Go’ Meal Bags on your doorstep Monday – Friday between 2:30 – 4:00 Marilyn Chaney at Earthen Vessels Outreach Call: 412 – 214-0862 or email: earthenvessels98@gmail.com
  • Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living (Senior) Center: 100 pre-packaged meals given out 11a-1p on M/W/F to seniors who are registered with the program.
  • Pittsburgh Community Services Inc: 412.904.4700.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (412) 460-3663
  • Food Bank Locator and Grab N Go Sites https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/get-help/
  • East End Cooperative Ministry community lunch – EECM’s daily community lunch from 12:15-1:15 pm will not be served in their dining room but rather as take-out only. Clients can pick up take-out bagged hot lunches and other food items at Entrance G of EECM’s building.
  • 412 Food Rescue- Food donation inquiries: (412) 277-3831
    • Local distribution sites:
        • Garfield Jubilee: 412-277-4616
        • Fridays: Lawrenceville United. Call (412) 802-7220 before noon.
        • Lawrenceville Family Care Connection: (412) 784-8683
        • IW Abel: (412) 687-7120
    • Just HarvestOver-the-phone COMPASS applications: (412) 431-8960
  • Food Pantries
      • St. Mary’s Lyceum (Lawrenceville): 412.682.3877 – M & Tu 11a-12:30p
      • East End Cooperative Ministries: 412-345-7149.- M-F
      • Morningside Church of God in Christ 3rd weekend (Sat) April at 9am
      • Valley View Presbyterian Church Must call ahead 412-708-6158 Friday April 3rd at 11am  

Utilities/Internet/Phone: Contact each provider

Childcare- Circles – Greater Pittsburgh

If you need a babysitter in order to go to work, please contact Tammy Thompson via email: tthompson@Circlespgh.org.
Please provide the following: 1. Number of children you need care for    2. Age of child/children   3. The hours that you need care for them   4. Name of Employer 5. Community you live in

Older adults

VOTING: Absentee and Mail-in Ballots: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx

MENTAL HEALTH & PEER SUPPORT:

  • A Peer Support and Advocacy Network is available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. 1-866-661-9726 | Crisis Services available 24/7 call 1-888-796-8226
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. The agency’s Disaster Distress Hotline is 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990

EDUCATION RESOURCES-

  • The PA Housing Alliance is keeping an updated list of housing resources that includes mortgage loss mitigation and financial bridge loans, among other information.

FACE_lunchbox_project_flyer

HEN Meeting Report, 3.26.202

  • FREE COMPUTER– Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that many students will be completing their schooling online for the foreseeable future, and not every student may have access to a computer at home. We are giving out desktop computers to families that may not have one so that students can continue to be successful in their education. In order to receive a computer, we are asking that you, the teacher/administrator, PLEASE FORWARD ALONG THE GOOGLE FORM LINK BELOW.  An adult family member of your student/s must fill out the Google Form in order to receive the computer (IDs will be required at desktop takeout location at Computer Reach located at 1 DRV Drive, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnqIwqfNqgyFWQG9G8C_S7CKbTS9z2wA3ZR6Hkw3lhMsubdg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Supplies are limited and at this moment the first 200 families that respond will be guaranteed a desktop computer. Following requests will be fulfilled as soon as feasible.Thank you for supporting this coordinated effort to ensure your students a successful end of the school year, The Education Partnership Computer Reach The Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small business and service industry support

UPDATE!

PA Small Business Assistance AVAILABLE NOW!!! GRANTS!

Requirements:
* Be a PA business
* Annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to COVID-19
* 25 or less full-time employees prior to February 15, 2020.
* Business in operation on February 15, 2020 and if required, paid income taxes to the state and federal government, as reported on individual or business tax returns
* COVID-19 has had an adverse economic impact and makes this grant request necessary
* The grant will be used cover COVID-19 related costs
* During the period beginning on June 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020, the applicant has not and will not receive another grant under THIS state program

The following list of items will be needed to apply. Additional items may be specified later:
1. Government Issued Photo ID
2. Business financial information:
* Revenue from March 1st to May 31st for 2019 and 2020
* Most recently submitted Federal Tax Return. 2018 or 2019 business and personal tax returns including Schedule C
* If startup between January 1-February 15, 2020, Internal Profit & Loss Statement
3. Proof of Business Registration with PA Dept of State, as applicable:
* Articles of Incorporation (for corporations and LLCs); or
* Fictitious Name Registration/“DBA” (Sole Proprietors); or
* Business License (if applicable).
4. Bank Account Information

Here’s a list of the Western PA CDFIs facilitating applications:

The Progress Fund
https://www.progressfund.org/grants-for-small-businesses/

Bridgeway Capital
https://www.bridgewaycapital.org/smallbusinessassistancegr…/

Northside Community Development Fund
https://northsidecomm.pacdfinetwork.mylendistry.com/login

Reinvestment Fund
https://www.reinvestment.com/pasmallbusinessgrants/

 

 
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SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance
Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and
Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S.
Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
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PA 30 Day Fund is a volunteer-powered nonprofit with all funds raised going directly to small businesses in desperate need to protect jobs NOW. 
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Extend your area to the sidewalk or parking space!
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OTHER SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
  • Life Sustaining Business FAQs 5.7(1)
  • CARE ACT: https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/cares-act-small-business-guide
  • Borrowers can receive a $10,000 emergency grant cash advance that can be forgiven if spent on paid leave, maintaining payroll, increased costs due to supply chain disruption, mortgage or lease payments or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue losses.
  • The Paycheck Protection Program offers loans for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, select types of businesses with fewer than 1,500 employees, 501(c)(3) non-profits with fewer than 500 workers and some 501(c)(19) veteran organizations. Additionally, the self-employed, sole proprietors, and freelance and gig economy workers are also eligible to apply. Businesses, even without a personal guarantee or collateral, can get a loan as long as they were operational on February 15, 2020.
  • THE CARE ACT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE SBA disaster loan program (Please note: SBA Advises that you apply using THESE FORMS. The online portal is overwhelmed and doing a physical application will end in a faster result)
    MAILING ADDRESS:
    US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center
    14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155
    FORMS: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RhpbtFu2J9B8MANFLF_IuGx8Q08OE5ro?usp=sharing

OTHER SMALL BUSINESS INFO:

 General Links

Policy

  • Gov. Tom Wolf has requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration implement a disaster declaration to provide assistance to small business and non-profits in the form of loans. The application process is to-be-announced.
  • National Updates and Resources for Housing/Homelessness Advocates
  • Organizations in the city, who have joined this outreach effort: Bloomfield-Garfield Corp, Morningside Church of Christ in God, Garfield Jubilee, Valley View Presbyterian Church, Brothers and Sisters Emerging, Boom Concepts, Earthen Vessels Outreach, Lawrenceville United, Garfield Community Farm, Assemble, Bloomfield Development Corporation, Thomas Merton Center, Action-Housing.

The Bulletin: Remembering BGC co-founder Aggie Brose

RIP Aggie Brose: tenacious Garfield advocate in memoriam

A Message from the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation Board & Staff

Garfield native Aggie Brose stands proud in the neighborhood she always supported. Working with the BGC for more than four decades, she always nurtured a sense of community. Brose passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, Jul. 17.  Photo by Rob Larson, NEXTpittsburgh.


Pittsburgh – In one sense, Agnes J. Brose is gone. The strong woman who, 44 years ago, co-founded the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, died on Wednesday, Jul. 17.

But the reality is that Aggie (on a first-name basis with her neighbors and the “powers-that-be”) is still with us, and she will forever be a part of Garfield – the neighborhood that raised her – and its evolution in the city’s East End.

Pittsburgh is famous for its distinctive neighborhoods, and the passing down of every local enclave’s lore and legend. Those who grew up in one of these little communities are familiar with the stories about its leaders, athletes, tough guys, business owners, teachers, ministers, and families of every kind – folks who give life to their histories and give each community its unique flavor.

So it is that Aggie will live on through Garfield’s lore for a very long time.

Most people will remember her as a force for good, helping to transform the community in which she had lived for decades from a hopelessly blighted area to a neighborhood filled with unlimited potential.

Aggie’s dream was to help create a community known for its diversity, one with better housing, safer streets and playgrounds, enhanced infrastructure, robust education and employment opportunities, a thriving arts district, a local grocery store and, hopefully soon, a new bank.

Those who knew Aggie best were amazed at how balanced her personality truly was. She was maternal and nurturing with family, friends, and co-workers – always willing to impart her life’s wisdom.

Yet, at the same time, she was also capable of directing outrage at the injustices she saw and the artificial limits imposed on the community by people in positions of power or influence. When she did go nose-to-nose with recalcitrant elected officials, bureaucrats, or business owners, she never stripped them of their dignity in the process.

It was a gift that enabled her to double back months or years later, and make it seem like there had never been a hard feeling or grudge of any kind in the first place. It was a graceful quality that left all of them shaking their heads. And ours, too.

May Aggie rest in peace, now that her many labors have ended.

Those who knew Aggie are encouraged to jot down their favorite Aggie stories and email them to AggieStories@gmail.com.

Check out the August 2019 Bulletin for more local stories.

 

The Bulletin: Penn Plaza Matters

Neighbors rally for East Liberty residents displaced by developers

Story by Jason Vrabel, Bulletin contributor

ABOVE: Former Penn Plaza resident Randall Taylor (right, holding microphone) speaks to local community members at a Mar. 19 rally in East liberty. Taylor and other members of the Penn Plaza Support & Action Coalition voiced concerns about the redevelopment plans for the gateway site at Penn & Negley Aves. Photo by Jason Vrabel.


East Liberty – More than a year after the city’s Planning Commission unanimously denied a redevelopment proposal for the former Penn Plaza apartment site, the public got its first full look at a revised plan during a public meeting at Eastminster Presbyterian Church on March 21 [Read accompanying article, “Plans for Penn Plaza debated at contentious community meeting,” on page 5 of the April 2018 Bulletin].
A 2017 Consent Order between the City, developer, and other entities officially put to rest a number of legal disputes between them, and established conditions to guide the redevelopment. But critics of the Order raise the issue that the revised plan leaves many social and economic concerns unresolved.
Pennley Park South, a subsidiary of LG Realty Advisors, the owner of the property, is the developer for the project. Envisioned in their revised proposal is a mix of high end office and retail space for the site that previously provided several hundred units of affordable housing.
According to documents furnished by the property owner, the estimated $150 million project will improve the urban realm, enhance Enright Parklet, provide a range of job opportunities, and reaffirm a “commitment to East Liberty and Fair and Affordable Housing.”
In February of 2017, a lack of community engagement was cited by the Planning Commission as a primary reason for denying the plan. The Consent Order sought to correct this, but stated that the first of two public meetings must be scheduled within ten days of a “determination of completeness” by the City’s planning department.
The meeting was announced on March 14, giving everyone less than a week to review Pennley Park South’s 84-page plan. This slim timeline actually emboldened the advocacy group, Penn Plaza Support & Action Coalition (PPSA), which encouraged its members to attend. In a written statement, PPSA deemed the rushed timetable “a violation of democratic public process.” Still, the organization managed to attract over 200 attendees to the March 21 meeting.
“LG Realty and the City have refused to engage the real community,” former Penn Plaza resident and PPSA member, Randall Taylor, said following a March 19 press conference in front of the empty Penn Plaza site. “The more you involve the community and former residents, the more opportunities you have to make sure that days like this don’t happen.”
PPSA objects to other aspects of the order, including tax incentives for high-end development in the rapidly gentrifying East Liberty neighborhood.
The site is within a Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) that will reduce Pennley Park South’s future tax obligations. As part of its settlement with the City, the developer agreed to use 50% of the tax break for infrastructure investments like new sidewalks & sewer lines. The remaining 50% will help fund improvements to Enright Park and the creation of a local housing fund.
According to the developer’s plan, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh has estimated that “Pennley Park South’s total pledge, upon completion of all phases of the Development, will amount to approximately $6 million of direct investment towards Enright Park and the [housing fund].”
Specifically, the plan states that the funds will “provide amenities such as (a) accessible roads and sidewalks, (b) bicycle enhancements, (c) community and recreational spaces; and most significantly (d) GAP Funding for Affordable Housing.”
The Order states that no housing will be built on site, and that replacement housing will be built “within one mile” of the intersection of Penn and Negley Aves. PPSA members argue that this distance will place people too far from job opportunities, public transportation hubs, and supermarkets.
The housing fund will target those earning 60-80% of the area median income ($817-$1,090 for a one-bedroom unit), which PPSA has stated will be far out of reach for low-income renters.
As Alethea “Lee” Sims, president of the Coalition of Organized Residents and another former Penn Plaza resident, said at PPSA’s press conference, “We need housing more than office. We need housing more than stores. We need places for people to live.”
PPSA members say that the Order was “negotiated behind closed doors” and, that by not including any representation for displaced residents, it sets a “dangerous precedent” for the city.
“It is okay for you to destroy a neighborhood’s affordable housing and create plans behind the community’s back,” PPSA member Dan Yablonsky said facetiously. “In fact, we will give you huge tax breaks – as long as you promise that, down the line, you use a portion of that tax break to fund housing in a different neighborhood, at costs that displaced residents can no longer afford,” he continued. “Pittsburgh deserves more.”
The group will use the Planning Commission Hearings to illuminate other aspects of the project that they deem unacceptable. The allocation of the housing funds will be determined by a “Housing Committee,” represented by the City and four community groups. PPSA sees this as part of an ongoing exclusion of former tenants, and has demanded that the committee add representation for displaced residents.
However, Taylor said that the future elements of the plan are not his primary concern right now. “We intend to stop their plan, so that stops all of that. I think we’re going to stop this plan.”
As per the Order, “All parties shall respond to issues raised [in] the first meeting at the second meeting.” On Monday, Apr. 16, the second community meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church (250 N. Highland Ave.); it is open to the public.

Summer Jobs in the Hospitality Industry

Looking for a job this summer? One of our neighbors on Evaline Street just landed a job through LGC Hospitality Staffing, a firm that orchestrates placement at work-sites like PNC Park and Heinz Field, among others. Specializing in the hospitality industry, LGC offers a number of full and part-time positions in the Pittsburgh area. Staffing manager Sara Vuich will work with each candidate to find them the right job, regardless of their background or work experience. Interested candidates seeking more information can email pittsburgh@lgcassociates.com or call 412-343-5087.

It’s Official! Garfield has a grocery store!

Aldi has announced plans to open at 5200 Penn Avenue. Neighbors have fought long and hard to bring a grocery store back to Garfield, so this news comes as quite a victory for the surrounding communities.

No more long walks up the street to buy groceries. No more relying on jitney cabs for transportation home from the store. No more “bulk trips” to stock the pantry at faraway grocers.

Now that we’ve secured a bona fide grocery store, it’s time to celebrate this positive change. Here’s a toast to all our neighbors and community members who advocated to nourish a food desert back to good health. Cheers!

Aggie Brose (Deputy Director of the BGC) celebrates with Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, and Henry Pyatt (from the Mayor's Office) at a community meeting to welcome the new Penn Avenue grocery store.

Aggie Brose (Deputy Director of the BGC) celebrates with Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, and Henry Pyatt (from the Mayor’s Office) at a community meeting to welcome the new Penn Avenue grocery store.

 

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