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Oakland Property Progress Report: October 2012


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Dawson St

Forbes Ave.

North Dithridge


Peter Terris


Apartment building was demolished, weeds mostly removed. Owner dumped significant additional fill on the top of a unstable hillside to level the lot and attempted to pave the entire lot without an occupancy permit. He has been ordered by the city to file for a variance if he wants to install a surface parking lot at this location.This site is now an illegally paved parking lot as per current zoning designation. Pending hearing on 3/22/2012 for 3732-3742 Dawson, owner may pursue expansion of his commercial parking lot at 3732 Dawson to include 3738 Dawson. Lot is not landscaped to code.

Emeric Criscella Owner removed stones on PennDOT owned and MRL land. Paved it and is using as a parking lot. Associates LLC

Mardan Properties LLC

Large parties; overgrowth; trash

Date of Most Recent Activity Original Entry




(11/29/12) Case continued. Property owner showing signs of progress.

Lack of occupancy permit reported in August 2011; reported in September to environmental services Reported in November for occupancy permit; referred to senior inspector; Reported to BBI again on 12/13/12: at all times: no BBI violations. As of 2/15/12, occupancy permit has been revoked. (3/8/12) Housing Court issued a 90 continuance to get a civil engineer to examine hillside issues. (3/22/12) Zoning board hearing. (4/20/12) OPDC filed FOF/COL brief and is awaiting final ZBA decision. (5/3/12) Resubmitted Ticket 26926 to 311 on because lot is not landscaped to code. (9/19/12) Per BBI, Terris' attorney submitted letter showing who he’s hired to do work

(10/22/12) Owners did not show up for hearing. Judge Ricciardi fined them $600,000. (1/4/13) Owners filed appeal. New court date February 12th.

(3/21/2012) Owners cited. Will go through Zoning Board, and Planning board. (4/18/12) Per Brian Hill report, city attorneys and developer attorneys trying to resolve issue out of court.(6/21/12)Judge Ricciardi issued continuance in Housing Court. Mandated that in interim, owners install parking bumpers. Residents are getting Councilman Lavelle's office involved as welll as city attorney, Pitt and other stakeholders. (8/14/12) In Housing Court on August 16th. Community is coordinating testimony with city attorney.(8/15/12) Was continued in court; city wants it handled by Planning Commission. (9/19/12) Per Mayor's Office, planning commission is still awaiting updated site plans from developer and will try to contact owner or attorney.

(12/4/12) Per Brian Hill, ACHD cited them for garbage violations. BBI cited them for multiple exterior violations (missing steps, broken windows, etc) as well as occupancy violations in efforts to do full inspection of property (12/19/12) ACHD reinspected property and reports that new owners have complied.

(9/13/12) Multiple complaints about this house, both about building/trash violations and disruptive parties; problem in past years as well. Police have already visited house once this year on Labor Day weekend. Oakwatch submitted this house in our Top 5 Disruptive Property list to Zone 4 and Chief Maurita Bryant. (10/16/12) Larry from ACHD visited property, photographed/documented building issues, and spoke with tenants about disruptive behavior and pending inspection date.

311 Number

260410; 266478; 26926

Abated/ Resolved

Put on Top 10






Niagara St

MISC: West Robinson Street Oakland

MISC: 100 Block

Oakland Ave (100 n/a BLOCK)

Joseph M Slomnicki

Appears abandoned, overgrown, collected debris or not properly secured

VA Hospital construction causes undue traffic and noise disturbance because of mass number of tractor trailers travelling to and from the site, not following submitted route.

Most if not all of businesses do not comply with garbage codes. Place garbage bags without cans and recyclable cardboard out far before pickup, diminishing aesthetic appeal of block and a potential rodent magne

(Jan-Feb 2012) 5 BBI violations submitted for court complaint. (3/21/12) 30-day continuance issued on condition owner reach out to OPDC for solution. (4/3/12) Owner met with Elly Fisher and did not (6/7/12) Owner fined $100,000 at express desire to sell house, or to bring up to code magistrate's court. Plans to appeal. using volunteers. Expressed interest in faรงade (10/16/12) Owner appealled before Judge grant program. (4/17/12)Owner sent OPDC letter Gallo and received a 60 day extension. requesting volunteers to clean up debris. OPDC Judge threatened fine of $1,000 per day if responded on 4/27/12 offering to to buy house not abated by then. (12/4/12) OPDC is and/or recommend landscapers/ contractors to do working with URA to place property in work if they don't wish to sell. (7/12/12): Property Reserve. (1/8/13) Judge Gallo Community Human Services is in contact with BBI fined Slomnicki $10,000. Slomnicki did not regarding current state of house. They plan to state whether or not he would appeal. attempt to purchase the home/provide services to owner.




(4/16/12) City traffic engineer is aware of violations and advised residents to call issue into 311 before they can send out an inspector, (9/1/12) Letter sent to Public Works documenting time and place of each incident. Assistant Director Rob Kaczorowski Residents have done so and we are waiting for requesting traffic study be completed on further action. (6/20/12): Justin Miller confirmed Robinson Street to explore ways to limit or that City Planning has no jursidiction here and that prohibit commercial truck traffic. he reminded Amanda Purcell of DPW of (10/16/12) Per Dan Gilman, "No Trucks" issue.(6/29/12) Liz Style has contacted Scott signs have been installed and both Zone 4 Schubert (Zone 6 Commander) who then and VA police have agreed to enforce it. contacted Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (11/26/12) After a temporary decrease in and the Commander of Zone Four (8/14/12) truck traffic, neighbors noticed another Confusing discussion at July Oakwatch meeting. increase over a two week period. Trucks University of Pittsburgh representative confirmed appeared to be headed to VA. Residents that university owns Sutherland Street and request it stay on Top 10 list for further therefore the street never should have been police enforcement. authorized as part of route. City is unsure of which department has jurisdiction on remedying this-Police, City Planning, City Traffic Engineer?

28417; 293827; 29332; 27886



(9/13/12) Bill Klimovich, Asst. Director Envro. Services has instructed foreman to monitor this issue and speak with owner about trash policies and warn of possible citations. (10/16/12) Still haven't been able to catch them in the act. Bill is on standby for us on this issue. (11/29/12) Violations continue. Residents/OBID continually monitoring.

286345; 265521; 27199



(5/17/12) Per 311 email, warning letter issued. (5/9/12) OPDC re-submitted to 311 with photo of trash out on Sunday, during Pgh Marathon. (3/13/12) OBID and OPDC have made multiple 311 reports, awaiting updates. (8/14/12) An ACHD inspector visited site on 7/17/12. Many citations issued, but none for trash. Larry from ACHD will do personal follow up visit.



Parkview Ave

Blvd. of the Allies (other address in zoning files is 3201 Hamlet Street)

Nickolas Solic

Fagnelli Plumbing Co, Inc.

Inside- currently occupied with Electric and Gas service shut off. Major water damage on top floor. Outside- Porch walls falling down, Cars parked in backyard. Side walk littered with large chunks of cement, retaining wall falling down, front steps crumbling, and hole in roof in the rear of the house.

Lot has been dumping ground for company for over five years.



(9/6/12) Owner fined $500,000 by Judge Ricciardi; will likely appeal. (9/19/12) Per BBI, no update on notice of appeal. (12/4/12) Owner did not show for appeal hearing. (1/8/13) Judge Gallo fined Solic 13,500. Solic stated that he will appeal.

(6/20/12): Per Brian Hill report, BBI has submitted this property to appear in housing court soon.

(8/14/12) BBI looking into citing--challenge is their (10/17/12) BBI says best approach at this permit grandfathers in certain allowances. Address point is to appeal old permit with ZBA. on file is Ophelia Street address. (8/15/12) BBI (12/10/12) BBI and ZBA found original reported that severity of issues requires a senior permits under different addresses and inspection; pending. (9/19/12) Per BBI, owner has plan to cite owner for lack of occupancy made small improvements to lot but nothing major permit for storage. because of provisions he has in old permit that is grandfathered in.

292559; 28663