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By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer Updates on the PED/ Clean Team, the 4th Division Public Works campus, and more were the focus at the South Side Planning Forum meeting. The Zoom video conference was held on Jan. 12. In the PED update, city nighttime economy coordinator Allison Harnden reported revenue for December, 2020, totaled $2,255. The PED is the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The funds must be invested back in the neighborhood for public safety, cleanliness, and infrastructure improvements. The PED has taken a financial hit with COVID-19
closures. In its prime, the PED income was about $4,400 per weekend. It dropped with COVID-19, but rebounded to $2200 with the limited reopening of restaurants and other businesses a few months ago. The fund balance is currently $234,161. It will rise to about $300,000 in February when the $92,126 revenue for 2020 is transferred to the fund and expenditures are paid. City Councilman Bruce Kraus reported the total revenue since the inception of the PED is $678,798. He said it “blows his mind” that these funds were “left almost on the table,” referring to the years preceding the PED. He also reported that Block by Block, or the two-
South Side DAM meeting on ATM, signage is Thur.
The South Side Community Council (SSCC) will host a Development Activities Meeting (DAM) on Thursday, Jam. 21, 6 p.m. to review two development @ sopghreporter.com projects. The projects to be rePennsylvania First Lady Frances viewed are: 1712 E. Carson Wolf has announced One Street to review the relocaLens: Sharing Our Com- tion of an ATM machine and mon Views, a virtual pho- 2401 E. Carson Street for to exhibit to document signage changes at the forthe story of Pennsylva- mer CoGo’s building. Due to COVID-19, innia throughout the COVperson meeting restrictions, ID-19 pandemic. the meeting will be held via @ sopghreporter.com Zoom, under the guidance Classifieds................... Page 2 Zoning Board............... Page 2 of Pittsburgh City Planning. The Zoom link will be Or check them out at: posted on January 20 on the City Planning DAM webwww.sopghreporter.com site, https://pittsburghpa.
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gov/dev-activities-meeting, under Upcoming Development Activities Meetings. I you do not have access to a computer and/or internet access, contact SSCC at 412467-6735 for assistance. A Development Activities Meeting provides an opportunity for citizens, property owners, business owners and stakeholders to learn about the proposals affecting them and to resolve concerns at an early stage of the application process. Meetings must be held at least 30 days prior to the applicant presenting to the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Art Commission or Historic Review Commission.
person Clean Team which maintains the E. Carson St. corridor and is paid by PED funds, will be with one less person – Artie -- from January 13 through March 31. The reason is to save about $13,500. Mr. Kraus said he and Ms. Harnden did not want to see layoffs, but thought it was time to “bite the bullet.” He added it worked out great, however, as Artie is needed elsewhere by the company which employs him. Artie will return as part of the two-person team on April 1. In the December Clean Team report, the team removed 5176 pounds of trash.
They also removed 14 graffiti/stickers, and lent hospitality assistance eight times. On the East Carson St. construction project, Mr. Kraus said construction is moving along “beautifully.” It should all be completed in September, 2021. It will result in an “invigorated” East Carson St., he said. The $16.31 million project includes milling and resurfacing, signage and signal upgrades, concrete pavement patching, drainage, guide rail, ADA ramps, curb and sidewalk, pavement markings and other construction along the 2.5 mile stretch of East Carson St. be-
tween the Smithfield Street Bridge and 33rd Street. Pedestrian enhancement accommodations, like bump-outs, high visibility crosswalks, and pedestrian countdown signals, are also part of the project. According to the latest Penn DOT update, singlelane restrictions will continue on East Carson St. between Arlington Ave. and 22nd St. weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through late August. Parking and sidewalk restrictions will continue on East Carson St. between Fifth St. and 22nd St. around-the-clock. Traffic will be maintained Continued on Page 3
HEDC awarded state SPP program for housing, social services assistance The Hilltop Economic Development Corporation (HEDC), in collaboration with the Hilltop Alliance and The Brashear Association, has been awarded a one-year $175,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credit award to provide much-needed housing and social services assistance to residents of the Borough of Mt. Oliver and the Knoxville neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The tax credits are awarded under the NAP’s one-year Special Program Priorities (SPP), meant to “target specific problems and projects which the state has designated as priorities,” according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The 2020-2021 Mt. OliverKnoxville SPP is funded by
Northwest Bank, Fragasso Financial Advisors, and United Concordia Insurance Company (a Highmark Inc. company), made possible by the tax credits awarded from the Department of Community and Economic Development. The SPP action plan will target economic and social challenges facing Mt. Oliver Borough and Knoxville that have been aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the HEDC has partnered with the Hilltop Alliance and The Brashear Association to work to improve the quality of the housing stock, ensuring residents remain in their homes, while helping individuals find employment through training, education, and support ser-
vices leading to self-sufficiency. “This infusion of funds through the SPP provides resources to an area that has been trying very hard to redevelop and build community capacity and wealth,” explained HEDC President Ruthann Omer. “The HEDC is pleased to facilitate this partnership, and we are beyond grateful for our partners and sponsors who believe in these areas enough to assist us.” The HEDC is an all-volunteer, non-profit community development corporation serving the Borough of Mt. Oliver and the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Knoxville. The HEDC is also a member organization of the Hilltop Alliance.
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State offers websites to safely support restaurants Zoning Board hearings As Pennsylvania contin- port our restaurants, own- port local eateries through ture Secretary Russell Redues to mitigate the COV- ers, and employees—some the dining options that are ding. “We are working with businesses to help build on- for Thursday, Feb. 4 ID-19 public health crisis, of whom may have been now available to them. the Wolf Administration said Pennsylvanians can take a few simple steps to ensure they are supporting their local restaurants, including utilizing online resources that promote safe dining options. “Pennsylvanians have several options and resources available when choosing where to enjoy a meal and support their local restaurants,” said Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin. “At the same time, being able sup-
in our neighborhoods and lives as long as we can remember—gives us a sense of community that many of us need during this time. It’s a way to see some of our favorite faces, albeit safely behind masks, and make those connections that many of us are missing from businesses we are used to frequenting.” The administration offers opportunities for Pennsylvanians to explore restaurants that are operating safely and encourages Pennsylvanians to continue to sup-
Traffic restrictions will continue on East Carson Street in South Side. Motorists can expect single-lane restrictions to continue on East Carson Street between Arlington Avenue and 22 nd Street weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through late August. Parking and sidewalk restrictions will continue on East Carson Street between Fifth Street and 22nd Street around-theclock. Traffic will be maintained in each direction throughout the work zone and parking spaces may temporarily be blocked in various locations as needed while work occurs.
Golden Triangle Construction is the prime contractor. The $16.31 million project includes milling and resurfacing, signage and signal upgrades, concrete pavement patching, drainage, guide rail, ADA ramps, curb and sidewalk, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction along the 2.5 mile stretch of East Carson Street between the Smithfield Street Bridge and 33rd Street. Additionally, pedestrian enhancement accommodations, including bump-outs, high visibility crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals, will be incorporated.
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Updates on Carson construction, Division 4, 18th Street steps lighting Continued from Page 1 in each direction throughout the work zone and parking spaces may temporarily be blocked in various locations as needed while work to occurs. In the update of DAMs, South Side Community Council (SSCC) President Barbara Rudiak said the SSCC recently reviewed two proposals that are headed to the Historic Review Commission. A DAM, or Development Activities Meeting, provides an opportunity for citizens, property owners, business owners, and stakeholders to learn about the proposals that affect them and to resolve concerns at an early stage of the application process. The Dec. 17 DAM featured proposed façade improvements to Excuses Bar and Grille, 2526 East Carson St. “It really will look very, very nice,” she said. The other discussed project was of a mural on a building at 2308 East Carson St. The mural already exists as the artist/muralist who commissioned the work was unaware of the DAM process.
The next SSSC DAM will be on Jan. 21, and with two presentations: 1712 East Carson St., to move the ATM closer to the Dollar Bank entrance; and the 2400 block of East Carson St., for signage at the former CoGo’s. Both proposals will go before the HRC; the signage proposal will also appear before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). In a summary of the DAM process, Ms. Rudiak said the SSCC became a Registered Community Organization (RCO) through the Dept. of City Planning in January, 2020. The designation gives formal status to community organizations that register with the City of Pittsburgh, and provides benefits to those organizations. Among those benefits is guaranteed meetings with developers/applicants, as through a DAM. Since July, 2020, 14 proposed projects have been presented in DAMs to the SSCC. In his DAM report of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), which also became an RCO last year, Blake McLaren
said the organization’s first DAM on Oct. 21 was on the South Side Park master plan Phase 1 improvements. The park renovations will be done in phases beginning in 2021. They will include improvements to accessibility, parking, signage, and storm water management, as well new recreational amenities and public art. The proposal will go before the ZBA and the Art Commission. Phase 1 work should begin in April and end in October, 2021. In the South Side Neighborhood Plan update, Tom Smith reported committee members felt it was important to continue the Planning Forum. The next meeting will be with City Planning on the procedure for a new neighborhood plan. Mr. Smith said the neighborhood plan that has guided development in South Side for the last 30 or so years, and has undergone numerous updates, doesn’t fit in with what the city would like to see in a neighborhood plan. City Planning came up with a standardized process that takes between 18 and 24
Nominations are now open for the 24th annual Power of Work Awards, hosted by Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania and presented by Glimcher Group. The Power of Work Awards recognizes businesses in two categories – those that Hire people with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment; and those that help workforce development by going the “extra mile” to offer work-related support and experiences. The Help category was created in 2018 to recognize businesses who may not have the resources to hire individuals with employment barriers, but open their doors to provide opportunities for success to people with limited work experience and skills. The nomination deadline is February 1. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 9. The goal of the Power of Work Awards program is to recognize the extraordinary workforce development efforts of local businesses, thus resulting in a better quality of life for individuals with personal challenges and their families. Since the program’s inception in 1997, Goodwill has
presented Power of Work Awards to more than 60 different southwestern Pennsylvania area businesses. The Awards are open to all businesses in Goodwill SWPA’s service territory, which includes eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania and nine counties in north central West Virginia. “This year businesses have been working really hard to not only keep their doors open, but to keep their employees working. That has been a huge feat and we want to recognize their efforts, especially those who work with people with disabilities and other employment barriers,” said Gabi Lloyd, development specialist for Goodwill SWPA. “Employment agencies and other community organizations should strongly consider nominating the employers they work with that are giving people second chances and promoting equity and inclusion in the workplace. It really makes a difference, especially this year.” An independent panel of human service, civic, and community investment leaders will evaluate the nominees’ efforts in support of workforce de-
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months, and includes an involved public process. This new process is guided by City Planning. Ms. Rudiak said with the SSCC and SSSNA becoming RCOs there is an expectation the organizations strive to put a neighborhood plan together. Another expectation would be of lots of community engagement, she said, such as residents, business owners, and other stakeholders. However, no decision has been made by the committee regarding whether to pursue a new neighborhood plan. In member organizations’ reports, Candice Gonzalez, executive director of the South Side Chamber of Commerce, said the annual South Side Soup Contest is postponed at this time due to COVID-19. In the SSCC report, Ms. Rudiak said there are no student issues at this time, but that the organization works with Duquesne University when there are problems. She also reported the SSCC is looking forward to spring cleanups and plantings. In his report of the SSSNA, Mr. McLaren said a public art project is being planned in coordination with the park’s Phase 1 renovations. For more information on the art project, visit: https:// engage.pittsburghpa.gov/ south-side-park-public-art He also reported work will begin in a few months on lighting on the 18th St. steps. It will be funded from
a $100,000 grant. Mr. Kraus said he is very excited about the steps’ project, and for reasons in addition to safety. “It is a brilliant piece of public art,” he said. The next general meeting of the SSSNA will be at 6:30 p.m. on March 9. Next, Lynn Kurhan, of UPMC Mercy, said, in the near future, the old South Side ambulatory center on Mary Street will be administering COVID-19 vaccines to those in Group 1B. The group includes people living and working in congregate care settings who weren’t covered in phase 1A, first responders, correctional officers, food and agriculture workers and grocery store employees, among others. She said UPMC is awaiting direction from the governor as to whether the site will administer shots to the community. Next, new state Rep. Jessica Benham reported a COVID vaccine virtual town hall will be held at Noon on Jan. 21. It will be hosted by Dr. Rachel Levine and members of the PA House and Senate. To register, visit: pasenate. com/vaccine/ She also announced the state House of Representatives Scholarship is available. Visit: tfec.org/scholarships/ for information. In the brief question-andanswer period that concluded the meeting, SSCC board member and mother Adrian Smith raised issues about Ormsby Park. She said she and a group of parents have concerns
about: trash, cigarette butts, bodily fluids, homeless people sleeping under the slides, and a lack of programs. The fear is the issues will be become even more prominent once the weather improves. Mr. Kraus said he would be happy to organize a Zoom meeting with the Parks and Recreation director and parents. He also said funds from the recently implemented parks tax will be distributed in early 2022, which will help with the maintenance of city parks. To a question about the Dept. of Public Works’ (DPW) 4 th Division site redevelopment, Mr. Kraus said the hope is to have the new campus up and running for winter 2021. DPW shut down the former Division 4 facility five years ago when it became uninhabitable as the building was toxic and unhealthy, and no longer viable. The new campus was supposed to open this winter. However, it hit snag as a seller wanted too much money for his property which the city wanted to buy for the project. Later, the seller agreed to sell, and the city purchased the property. Now, the campus is being redesigned. There will be electric charging devices and a car wash for city vehicles. The salt dome will not return to the site. “I expect it to be very nice,” he said of the new 4th Division campus. The next Planning Forum meeting will be on Feb. 9.
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State to permit pharmacies to administer COVID-19 vaccines Governor Tom Wolf has approved a temporary waiver allowing pharmacists licensed by the Department of State to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines without a physician’s order when vaccines are available to the public. Adding pharmacists to the health care professionals administering COVID-19 vaccines expands options for Pennsylvanians to be immunized once the vaccine is widely available from the
federal government. “Pharmacists, as well as pharmacy interns and technicians, are critical partners in the commonwealth’s plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine,” Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. “Many Pennsylvanians will go to their local pharmacy for vaccination. This waiver will enable pharmacies to offer the COVID-19 vaccines without a physician’s order.” Pennsylvania pharmacists who meet certain training
and other requirements can obtain authorization to administer injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations. If a pharmacist has that authorization, he or she can administer any immunization, including COVID-19 immunizations, to persons 18 years of age or older, Historically, some pharmacies have entered into arrangements with physicians in order to receive reimbursement for flu shots and other vaccinations. Many
pharmacies, however, do not have an arrangement with a physician, and even those that do have not had time to incorporate the COVID-19 vaccination into that relationship. This waiver would allow pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccine without such a provider agreement. “We are working on ways to increase access to the vaccine, and pharmacists already play an important role in making sure Penn-
sylvanians are protected,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians continue to play an essential role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by masking up, washing up and socially distancing.” This waiver applies solely to COVID-19
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HILLTOP — 1-BR, livingroom, diningroom, basement storage, call for appt. Credit check. 000000-0000.