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Oliver Bathhouse to undergo extensive renovations Multi-million dollar upgrades will restore bathhouse to former glory By Tom Smith South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor

Plans for the renovation of the Oliver Bath House on See Page 2 South Side were presented St. Clair at the South Side CommuA Stop the Violence nity Council’s May DevelRally and Prayer Vigil will opment Activities Meeting take place on Wednesday, (DAM) via Zoom. June 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Presenting the proposed in the Lighthouse Cathe- plans were Buchart Horn Ardral parking lot, 810 Fish- chitects: Elijah Dolly, projer Street. ect manager; Bill Brennan, See Page 3 historic architect; and, ChrisMt. Washington topher Urban, project archiThe Mount Washing- tect. Also attending from the ton Community Develop- City of Pittsburgh Architecment Corporation has is- ture Division were Project sued a call for volunteers Manager Claire Mastrobefor a property clean-up for rardino and Assistant Proja low-income homeowner ect Manager Joe Adiutori, Jr. Mr. Dolly briefly exin the neighborhood. plained the Oliver BathSee Page 3 house was constructed in Pittsburgh 1915 and gifted to the city The City of Pittsburgh’s by steel magnate David W. Department of Mobility Oliver. Originally called the and Infrastructure (DOMI) South Side Baths, it was deshas released the city’s first ignated as a historic landPedestrian Safety Action mark in 2017. The facility Plan (PSAP). is primarily operated as an @ sopghreporter.com indoor swimming pool by Pittsburgh the City of Pittsburgh DeThe Pittsburgh Food partment of Parks and RecPolicy Council (PFPC) reation. and #PghFoodTeam is anThe building sits in the nouncing the first cohort East Carson Street Historof the newly created Pitts- ic District. burgh Food Equity Am“The majority of the work bassador Program. is a renovation of the build@ sopghreporter.com ing, no change of use,” Mr. Dolly said. “Restoring it to Classifieds................... Page 2 its former glory.” Housing Court............... Online Work on the exterior of Zoning Board................ Online the building will include cleaning of the masonry and Or check them out at: stone. The windows will be www.sopghreporter.com resealed and have the gas-

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kets replaced. The existing windows are not part of the original building having been replaced in the 1930s. Storm windows will also be added on the inside. The architects were asked why the windows were being repaired instead of replacing them considering they weren’t original to the building. Mr. Brennan said the preference was to have them repaired, if possible, rather than replaced and it was possible to repair them. Mr. Dolly said the 10th Street door will be replaced with an entrance that will replicate the character of the original door and transom. In addition, the lighting fixtures on either side of the door will be updated to reflect something closer to what was originally installed. The sidewalks and the rail outside the front entrance are also slated to be replaced. Suggestions from those in attendance included adding street trees where possible on the side of the building and replicating the existing railing around the mezzanine for the entrance. The flagpole will also be replaced and Mr. Dolly said the caretaker’s apartment on the roof is proposed to be demolished and a new HVAC system added in its place to help with the humidity throughout the building. Mr. Brennan said the HVAC unit wouldn’t be visible from across the street. Questioned about the duContinued on Page 2

Plans are being finalized for the renovation and restoration of the South Side Bathhouse on 10th Street. The multi-million dollar project will involve upgrades and to the building and systems, inside and out, roof to basement.

City parks the focus of May’s meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer A city parks theme kicked off the May 27 Zoom meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). Park ranger Jonathan Furman said the park rangers’ program began six years ago. The rangers were originally in the Parks Department until transferred to the Public Safety Department. There are currently 12 rangers city wide. Their role is to “be ambassadors of the park,” he said, which includes educating people on the rules, conducting trail walks and educational programs, exercising citation powers, aiding in safety situations, leading cleanups and tree plantings, and more. “We have many hats to wear on day-to-day operations,” he said.

There are five regional parks: Highland, Schenley, Frick, Riverview, and Emerald View. Mr. Furman said last year hunting in the parks was an issue, to which the rangers erected “No Hunting” signs in South Side Park and others. Emerald View park ranger Aubrey Thompson said there is an Explorers program, with virtual programming during the pandemic. There are animals, butterflies, and more that youngsters can learn about. “It can be about whatever the community wants it to be about,” she said. To a question if the rangers partner with other groups for cleanups outside of regional parks, Mr. Furman said yes. “We do a lot of fun things but deal wit h serious ones,

too,” he said. Next, Kathryn Vargas, of Citiparks, said the Dept. of Public Works maintains the parks and is responsible for park maintenance, and that Citiparks regularly works with them. “We focus on parks programming,” she said. That includes Regional Asset District (RAD) and neighborhood parks. Citiparks just wrapped up camp registration for the summer – 500 children signed up, she said. Spray parks and pools will be opening this summer. Citiparks also runs summer and after-school food programs, and 13 senior centers. A reopening plan for the latter is being looked at. Last year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the food program was a grab-and-go Continued on Page 4

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Fresh Fridays free produce distribution will be on June 11 Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop, the free produce distribution through the Hilltop Alliance, will continue with a distribution on June 11. The Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop, the Hilltop Alliance’s free produce distribution, will again pass out pre-boxed food on Friday,

June 11 on Allen Street at the St. John Vianney Church parking lot in Allentown. Do to COVID-19, the distribution went from a “shopper” style where people were able to pick and choose from the available produce to a Grab-NGo model where people

don’t have to leave their cars and will have a box of fresh food along with another box of dairy products placed in their trunks. The no-contact distribution allows both those picking up boxes of food and the staff and volunteers helping them to remain safe while distribut-

placed in their trunk or walking up and taking the boxes with them. Those walking are strongly encouraged to bring a shopping cart or wagon to take their boxes home. The distribution will take place at the St. John Vianney Church parking lot at the corner of Allen and Climax streets in AllenZoning Board of Adjust- town, beginning at 3 p.m. ment, Art Commission and and will go until all boxHistoric Review Commis- es are distributed. Those picking up the boxes, eision. ther walking or in a vehicle, will not be permitted S outh • Pittsburgh lot e p o r t e r in Ttheh eparking distribution is part of the USDA’s Corona Virus Farm AssisTOM SMITH Managing Editor tsmith@sopghreporter.com tance Program through ROBERTA F. SMITH Editor Emeritus the Greater Pittsburgh Office Hours By Appointment MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 4285, PGH. 15203 Community Food Bank and E Mail: news@sopghreporter.com is specifically for Hilltop Telephone Fax (412) 481-0266 • (412) 488-8011 residents. Households in the Zip Code areas of 15203, 15210, 15211 and Carrick residents in 15227 ing the boxes. While supplies last, households are able to pick up two boxes of food totaling approximately 40 pounds; one with produce and one with dairy products while supplies last. People will be able to pick up the boxes either by driving up and having them

Multi-million dollar upgrades will restore bathhouse Continued from Page 1 rability of the HVAC saying the new ductwork in a similar indoor pool building was already showing signs of corrosion, Mr. Dolly said the ductwork in the Oliver Bathhouse would be a fiber product that resists corrosion. Only a portion of it extending to the roof unit would be metal. Jody Schurman from the Local Review Committee said the unit would be visible from East Carson Street and suggested additional screening may be needed above the parapet. While the wood superstructure of the roof is in “very good condition,” the existing asbestos roofing and wood deck will be replaced with acoustic roof deck. Mr. Dolly said the new decking will improve the condensation and add significant insulation to the building. In consideration is adding a door and possibly some artwork on the stucco on the hotel side of the bathhouse. Since the property is owned by the hotel, it would require their cooperation and coordination. Moving to the inside of the building, the architects are proposing to restore the procession into the pool area from the entrance and adding a check-in counter. Currently, those entering the pool area are directed through the pool office. The redirection would free space in the office for other purposes. Also, under consideration is adding public art in the entrance. One suggestion was to use old photographs of the bathhouse. The renovation proposal includes upgrading the ADA restroom on the ground floor. The pool decking, masonry and terracotta

around the pool will also be repaired. They are considering installing an automatic pool cover from the west (rear) wall to help cut down on the humidity and on the air handling loads. The architects were quizzed on if the pool cover would prevent children from using the small deck area near the back of the pool. The pool covers they are considering would be mounted high enough and use a pulley system to deploy so it wouldn’t prevent use of the back deck area. Up on the mezzanine, the entrance will be restored to “a more open and inviting area.” The changing rooms will be replaced to reflect what was originally in the building and the fixtures in the shower and toilet rooms will be upgraded with new fixtures. Plans call for raising the existing railing around the mezzanine for current code compliance. They also plan to take the bow out of the railing. The floor surface will be repaired or replaced and could be treated with a textured epoxy to reduce slipping. Several attendees also commented on the steps leading to the mezzanine level saying the surface was uncomfortable and should be considered for an upgrade. In the basement, they plan to upgrade the underside of the pool deck. Repair are also planned for the vaults that extend below the sidewalks on 10th Street. Mr. Dolly said there will also be new lighting throughout the building to reduce the glare on the pool surface. Ms. Mastroberardino said bids for the project are expected to go out in early to mid-winter. Parks and Rec-

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reations officials asked that construction begin in April or May 2022 to allow use of the building for training lifeguards. Construction should take 10 to 12 months. The South Side Community Council is accepting comments on the proposed renovation for 30 days from the May 27 meeting. To comment, email: info@southsidecommunitycouncil.org. The proposal will then have hearings before the


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City parks the focus of May’s meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council Continued from Page 1 process, Ms. Vargas said. Z3PSC President Liz Style said Arlington will be getting a new playground this summer as will Phillips. Next, Laura Drogowski, of the new Office of Community Health and Safety, said there are not always the necessary resources to help the homeless. But if a person is homeless for a year, they are prioritized for housing. The pandemic made the problem more difficult as shelters were full, she said. The city also has partners

who help with the homeless. Call 311 if you see a homeless issue. Regarding encampments, the city or volunteers or groups will clean up and move its inhabitants to a better place, she said. However, there are some long-standing encampments as there is no place to put the people. In the crime trends update, Zone 3 Commander John Fisher said Zone 3 crime is down compared to the rest of the city. However, more Zone 3 activity is anticipated as the weather is improving.

He did not see any homelessness on the South Side the past weekend. “We don’t want to get in the cycle of arrest, cite, arrest, cite,” he said. Sharlee Ellison, of the Knoxville Community Council, asked the commander about the recent racist graffiti on the Bears’ football field house at Quarry Field in the Slopes. A young man has been arrested, and there is an effort to have it charged as a hate crime. The commander said the charge at this time is “crim-

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inal mischief.” It will be up to the district attorney if the charges are upgraded to a hate crime. The suspect may also be charged with the cost of clean-up. Ms. Ellison called criminal mischief a “slap on the wrist” that she is not happy with. Commander Fisher said it is up to the district attorney to charge with a hate crime. In the meantime, the building has been newly painted, restrooms redone, and the mural repainted. Rewiring and lighting improvements will occur. City Councilman Bruce Kraus said the site is 75 to 80 percent completed. To Ms. Style’s question of “What is a hate crime?” Commander Fisher said that, on the surface, to prosecute a hate crime more is needed than a swastika and the “n-word” spray painted on a building. A specific group must be targeted. If the suspect had gone to a home and did the same as he did to the Bears’ field house, he would be targeting a specific family, the commander said.  “It doesn’t make sense to me as he was targeting a specific group with the n-word and swastikas,” Ms. Ellison said.

On another issue, Ms. Ellison said two police officers were requested for COVID-19 vaccine distribution at McKinley Park. The commander responded at that time he may not be able to assign that coverage, but the area would be patrolled. Ms. Ellison said she was there from noon to 3 p.m. and did not see any officers. Commander Fisher said he is happy to send officers if manpower allows. But they were below manpower that day. Officers take vacations now in the warm weather, which helps create shortages. He also said a request was put out that day for overtime, but no one responded. Next, Ian Reynolds, coordinator of Safer Together, Dept. of Public Safety, said summer camp begins on June 28. To a question about National Night Out, the annual community-building event, it is scheduled for Aug. 3.

Next, to a comment about after-hours clubs, Mr. Kraus said alcoholic licensing is governed by the state. Illegal speakeasies are currently under investigation. The so-called “speakeasies” sprung up during the pandemic for those who wanted to socialize after 11 p.m. in defiance of the COVID restrictions.  “They are not legal,” he said, adding that law enforcement is “well aware” of them. On the topic of graffiti, Mr. Kraus said a particularly troublesome graffiti site is the brick wall between S. 17th and 18th streets. He said he, the owner, South Side Community Council President Barbara Rudiak and others met about this. A fence was erected, and there have been no problems since, he said. The next Z3PSC meeting is scheduled via Zoom for 6 p.m. on June 24.

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