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By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer Carrick Graffiti, the South Side Pittsburgh Concord Neighborhood Plan, and proPreK-5 is now accept- posed state legislation to aling students for the 2021- low bars to remain open until 22 school year during the 4 a.m. were among the disopen enrollment period. cussion points at the April 13 @sopghreporter.com Zoom meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Pittsburgh The meeting began with In conjunction with the Zone 3 Commander John City of Pittsburgh’s blue recycling bin distribution Fisher reporting there were program this spring, res- no crime incidents of subidents can learn to Recy- stance from South Side cle Right by taking part bars reopening the previous in a free online workshop weekend. There was only one arrest and some fights. through early May. City Councilman Bruce @sopghreporter.com Kraus said he is seeing an Pittsburgh increase in graffiti. The Housing Authority Mr. Kraus said Alphonso of the City of Pittsburgh Sloan of the Graffiti Task (HACP) is working to en- Force could need help in gage HACP residents and light of the recent uptick connect them with the in graffiti. The commandnonprofit Year Up Pitts- er agreed. burgh (YUPGH). “It has been increasing for @sopghreporter.com a while,” said South Side Allentown Community Council (SSCC) Travelling out of the President Barbara Rudiak country might be difficult about neighborhood graffiti. right now, but there’s a Candice Gonzalez, execdifferent kind of passport, utive director of the South right here in Pittsburgh. Side Chamber of Commerce, See Page 3 said business owners and visitors have been complainCarrick Carrick Community ing about graffiti at “the Council’s Beautification wall” in the 1700 block of Committee is planning an E. Carson Street. Michael Smith, operaEarth Day Clean Up on tions manager for Block Saturday, April 24. by Block Pittsburgh, said See Page 3 that on East Carson St. beAllentown tween 12th and 25th streets A l l e n t o w n C D C and the intersections, there (ACDC) will resume its are 33 tags. bi-monthly community He said his best idea for meetings via Zoom on the 17th St. wall is to have a Wednesday, April 21 be- mural in the space as taggers ginning at 6 p.m. tend to leave murals alone. See Page 4 Ms. Rudiak said the SSCC has a public art fund that Pittsburgh When one mentions the could be looked into. She also said there are no word “parking” in South Side, everyone has an guidelines in the Historic Review Commission (HRC) opinion. See Page 4 regarding murals in historic districts. A Certificate of Appropriateness would be Classifieds................... Page 2 needed. Housing Court............... Online Mr. Kraus said the proZoning Board................ Online cess would go through the Arts Commission and take Or check them out at: about a year. www.sopghreporter.com Ms. Rudiak said it might

not take a year, and the SSCC wanted to develop a mural process anyhow. Ms. Gonzalez next thanked Mike and Artie of the twomember Clean Team, which maintains the E. Carson St. corridor, for clearing a huge pile of boxes at her request. “They go the extra mile. We have a great team,” Mr. Kraus said. Next, in the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED) update, city nighttime economy coordinator Allison Harnden reported March revenue totaled $9,252.82. 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 total revenue since the PED began in April, 2017, is $701,735.24. The PED trust fund balance is $321,259.08 and has $64,903.68 in out standing invoices. Ms. Harnden also reported Block by Block, the Clean Team which is paid by PED funds, returned to a two-person crew on April 2. During March, 5,975 pounds of trash was removed. Thirty-three graffiti/ stickers were also removed, and hospitality assistance was lent 11 times. Ms. Harnden said graffiti on private buildings requires waivers from the owners for the city to remove the graffiti. Regarding alcohol license changes, two are pending: Ocean Treasures, 1924 East Carson St.; and PRVCI, 1021 East Carson St. Mr. Kraus said the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is monitoring the trees, all of which seem to be blooming. The Dept. of Public Works’ trucks are watering. He also said the flower baskets for 10th to 17th streets are planned for next season

as the PennDOT safety improvement project construction is currently occurring. Funding for the baskets will be from the PED. The PennDOT project upgrades include: milling and resurfacing; signage and signal updates; sidewalk improvements; ADA ramp and guiderail installations; high visibility crosswalks; and more. The 18-month project will extend from the Smithfield St. Bridge to 33rd St. T h e 1 8 th  S t . s i g n a l s upgrade project will not occur before the fall. “I am incredibly pleased with the quality of construction,” Mr. Kraus said.

Next, in the Development Activities Meeting (DAM) update, Ms. Rudiak reported on two proposals presented at the March 25 DAM of the SSCC. A DAM 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. Both proposals were previously presented to the Planning Forum. The first presentation was for a proposed high-end, seven-story, 251-unit residential apartment building at 2613 S. Water St. in the

South Side Flats, adjacent to the South Side Marina. Its next step is to appear before the Planning Commission. The other presentation was the renovation project for Esser’s Plaza, 1200 East Carson St. The proposal includes site and infrastructure improvements, like green areas, paving, new lighting, ADA ramp, precast lawn bench, concrete sidewalk, electric receptacles, park benches, plantings, and more. The plan must go before the HRC and the Art Commission, and possibly the Zoning Board of AdjustContinued on Page 2

Maureen Hogan will lead Brashear into a new future in South Pittsburgh As The Brashear Association prepares for a strategic move to its new Brashear CARES Community Center at 320 Brownsville Road in Knoxville later this year, the 104-year-old organization is welcoming new Board leadership to guide it through this transition. The Executive Committee is now led by Board President Maureen Hogan; First Vice President Rick Hopkinson, borough manager of Mt. Oliver; Second Vice-President Joshua Schuneman, recycling operations specialist at Pennsylvania Resources Council; Secretary Diane Dawson, comprehensive care manager at Carnegie Mellon University; and Treasurer Nic Jaramillo, director of finance and administration at Job Corps; as well as Immediate PastPresident Kristi Rogers, an architectural designer. Brashear’s 17-person Board has also expanded to include new members: Councilman Bruce Kraus; Daniel Dingus, president of Fragasso Financial Advisors; David Serafini, senior vice-president and market manager of community de-

Maureen Hogan velopment banking at PNC; Rev. Maurice C. Trent, Jr. of Lighthouse Cathedral; Susan Waldo, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - South Side Library services manager; and Tom Smith, editor of The South Pittsburgh Reporter. Ms. Hogan, has more than 40 years of urban planning and community development experience in the private and public sector, including leadership positions at Pittsburgh City Planning, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (now known as Neighborhood Allies), and Penn State Center Pittsburgh. She currently serves as vice-president on the board of one of Brashear’s partner organizations, the Hilltop Urban Farm. With a proven record as a creative and resourceful

leader in Pittsburgh, Ms. Hogan is well-poised to step into the role of Brashear Board President and ready to help the organization grow into an innovative, all-encompassing, accessible social services hub for Pittsburgh’s South Hilltop, with a continued presence in the South Side Flats and Slopes. “This is such an exciting time for Brashear and the Hilltop. Despite the 2020 challenges, the Board remained committed to the board development process,” says Andrea M. Matthews, executive director of The Brashear Association. “Maureen is uniquely suited to lead the board at this time because of her knowledge, commitment and desire to bring resources to the historically underserved Hilltop.” To learn more about the plans for the new Brashear CARES Center in the Hilltop visit www.brashearassociation.org. You may also contact Margie Schill at mschill@brashearassociation.org or call 412-4312236 for more information, for questions about current programs and services, or to get involved.


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Slopes association condemns racist graffiti at Quarry Field Continued from Page 1 ment. There will be no DAM at the SSCC in April. Ms. Rudiak said the SSCC sent letters to property owners in the historic district the prior weekend about the guidelines. Business owners, who are sometimes also the property owners, will also be informed of the guidelines. Mr. Kraus said the trees at Esser Plaza on East Carson St. will be coming down. As part of the project, they will be replaced. Next, in the South Side Neighborhood Plan update, Tom Smith reported that the neighborhood plan committee met the prior week, with guest Andrea Boykowycz, community services director for Oakland Planning & Development Corporation (OPDC), Oakland’s local development company. She is working on the Oakland Neighborhood Plan for OPDC. She explained the procedure followed in that neighborhood in pursuing a neighborhood plan. “There are a lot of similarities between the two,” Mr. Smith said of the neighborhoods. The Oakland plan has a 35-member steering committee. Their neighborhood survey has 110 questions. “Andrea was very informative,” he said. Mr. Smith said the South Side plan committee is continuing to gather information, and will soon talk to city planners about the process. City Planning crafted a standardized neighborhood plan process that takes 18 to 24 months, and includes an involved public process. The committee consensus was that the new plan should be a plan for all of the South Side, meaning, the Flats and Slopes. “It’s going to be a long process,” Mr. Smith said. In organization reports, Ms. Gonzalez read a state-

ment from forum member Blake McLaren, president of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), on racist graffiti at Quarry Field. He was unable to attend the forum meeting. It read, in part, “The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) stands in solidarity with Pittsburgh’s Black and brown communities in saying unequivocally that Black Lives Matter and that we will not tolerate the vile hate speech and acts of racism on display in the vandalism of Quarry Field. “Quarry Field, in the heart of South Side Park, is the home of the South Side Bears, a youth football and cheerleading community organization that supports the development of young majority Black and brown children in the South Side Slopes and surrounding neighborhoods through sports. “The Bears are the last remaining youth sports team in the Hilltop Neighborhoods. We are exploring ways for us to meaningfully engage and support the Bears as a SSSNA community – and we also urge you to consider donating to the South Side Bears by reaching out directly to its president, Kevin Alton @ www.facebook.com/ Southsidebears. The entire statement is posted on the organization’s website. Mr. Gonzalez also reported she is working in temporary office space across the street from the former Chamber offices following the Feb. 8 fire that destroyed the Chamber offices and more. The historic four-story building in the 1100 block of East Carson St. destroyed by a massive fire housed the Chamber offices (including Welcome Center), barber shop, and six apartments. Everyone escaped safely. Next, Ms. Rudiak reported order forms for the SSCC

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proves. Ms. Rudiak said the parents were very pleased with the proposed solutions. In the UPMC report, Lynn Kurhan reported that UPMC continues to administer COVID-19 vaccines. “I have never seen people so happy to get a shot,” she said. Next, state Rep. Jessica Benham said she is working on legislation to regulate dirt bikes. She also announced there will be a blood drive on April 30 for the local blood bank. It will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Rd. A “Battle of the Block Watches,” to clean up neigh-

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crush at 1:30 or 2 a.m. onto the streets. It could result in better control and increased revenue. But she does see concerns. Ms. Benham said she sees both sides of the issue. But, she added, “I do not live adjacent to Carson Street.” Ms. Harnden said it would also be preferable to the underground activities, like speakeasies. Ms. Benham said a public forum to discuss the issue would be good. State Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr., who represents some of the area, would be part of the discussions. The next Planning Forum meeting will be on May 11.

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Get rewarded with this Allentown passport Spring yard debris collection in the city is Saturday, April 24 Pittsburgh residents are encouraged to compost their leaves, grass, branches, and other yard debris on Saturday, April 24. Resident participation in this program helps the environment by diverting valuable resources from the landfill. Yard waste must be left at the curb at your usual trash/recycling pick up spot before 6:00 a.m., following simple guidelines: Yard debris must be in brown paper bags and not weigh more than 35 pounds. Branches must be bundled with fiber twine or natural rope in branch lengths of 5 feet or less. Yard waste includes: leaves; branches, 4-inch diameter or less; brush; or, grass. Yard waste should not contain any: plastic bags; metal or wire; rocks, blocks,

bricks; dirt or gravel; or, glass, metal or plastic. The City of Pittsburgh also has three drop-off centers that accepts yard debris year-round. Call each center for details and hours: East End Drop-Off Center (2nd Division) 6814 Hamilton Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208 412-665-3609. Hazelwood Drop-Off Center (3rd Division) 40 Melanchton St Pittsburgh, PA 15207 412-422-6524. West End Drop-Off Center (5rd Division) 1330 Hassler St Pittsburgh, PA 15220 412-937-3054. Yard waste that does not meet the collection guidelines will be left at the curb. More information and additional resources for yard debris disposal are available at: https://pittsburghpa.gov/ dpw/leaf-waste

Carrick Community Council’s Beautification Committee is planning an Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, April 24. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Dairy District Pavilion at 11 a.m. on April 24 for the fourth annual clean up. Coffee and donuts will be available prior to groups

of volunteers being sent out to clean up the neighborhood. Gloves and bags will be provided. Prior registration is not necessary, but will help in the planning. To register or for questions about the clean up or the CCC, call 412-3390808 or email carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com.

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Travelling out of the country might be difficult right now, but there’s a different kind of passport, right here in Pittsburgh. The Hilltop Alliance has launched a promotional campaign with that can match as much as every dollar spent in the E. Warrington Ave. business district. The Allentown Business District Passport features 21 local, participating businesses, including coffee shops, restaurants, hair salons and barber shops, clothing stores, a pharmacy, and retail shops. Patrons who spend $5 or

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City makes 2021 street paving list available online on Pgh. website The City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) has released of the first round of streets for asphalt pavement resurfacing for the 2021 paving season. The list of streets to be repaved is available at https://pittsburghpa.gov/ domi/street-resurfacing This year the city is in-

vesting nearly $16 million in the street resurfacing program, which supports asphalt street resurfacing, ADA curb ramp upgrades on paved streets, and repair of concrete, brick and block stone streets throughout Pittsburgh. Approximately 34 miles of streets will be resurfaced this year. Additional mileage will be resurfaced through cooperation agreements with local public utilities. Mechanical patching will improve many miles more by addressing particular trouble

spots on otherwise acceptable street corridors. City officials expected to begin paving on April 18. While many residents are continuing to work from home, the city will be continuing extra efforts to notify residents to move their vehicles to enable street resurfacing to proceed. Streets scheduled for upcoming paving will be posted weekly on DOMI’s website, https:// pittsburghpa.gov/domi/paving-schedule, and will be publicized through city social media channels.

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City offering free mulch from recycled Christmas trees at various locations Pittsburgh residents are welcome to pick up free mulch from the city’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program.  This past holiday season, the City of Pittsburgh diverted more than 2,200 Christmas trees and 38 tons from the landfill over the course of one month. With the help of the Department of Public Works Environmental Services bureau and its Forestry Division, Pittsburgh residents took Christmas trees to five locations throughout the city for recycling. Residents interested in picking up mulch for their spring gardens can do so at the following locations. Users must bring their own buckets, gloves, and shovels. In addition, face masks or coverings must be worn, and social distancing guidelines followed. Mulch will be available through May 10, or until supplies last. Locations below are open seven days a week, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. • Riverview Park- Directly past the division salt dome building  • Moore Park - Lower Moore parking lot 

• Sheraden Park Take Surban St. into the park, at first parking lot. • The Zoo Overflow Parking Lot - 7370 Baker Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 parking area to the right. (pine mulch only)  • Highland Park - Across from the dog park The following locations are open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  • 5th Division of Public Works, 1330 Hassler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15220, off Herschel St. & Steuben St. near Herschel Park. • 2 nd Division of Public Works, 6814 Hamilton Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208,

North Dallas Ave. at Hamilton Ave. • 3rd Division of Public Works, 40 Melanchton St Pittsburgh, PA 15207, off 2nd Ave. around the corner from the division gate on Dyke St.  Pine mulch featured at the zoo location is great for vegetable gardens, blueberries, strawberry patches, tomatoes, and eradicating weeds. All other locations will feature a high-grade triple-shred mulch that works well when planting new saplings, perennial gardens or young sprouts since the fine hardwood mulch adds vital nutrients to the growing plants. 

When one mentions the word “parking” in South Side, everyone has an opinion. Although the Residential Permit Parking Program (RPPP) has been in existence for many years in neighborhoods throughout the city, it has only been in recent years that residents signed petitions to have their South Side area designated as part of the RPPP. Since the pro-

gram was developed many years ago and has not been revised, City Planning is gathering feedback from residents throughout the city in order to revise it. Now is the time to have your opinion known at a time when it counts. The EngagePGH survey will be live until April 25. It can be accessed at: https://engage. pittsburghpa.gov/rpp-program-updates

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