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Scattered-site homes to be eporter constructed in Allentown South Side Slopes on vacant properties For the fifth year in

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a row, members of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association were happy to cheer for and host the Dirty Dozen bicycle riders on a chilly Saturday, Oct. 23 afternoon. See Page 8

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The morning was chilly and drizzly, but the attitudes were cheerful and the energy was high at Esser’s Plaza on October 26 for a Lowe’s volunteer event. See Page 3

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By Tom Smith, South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor Last week, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency announced the Hilltop Alliance and its development partner Gatesburg Road Development had been awarded $1,042,763 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to help build 31 single-family of affordable homes in Allentown. Don’t blame Allentown residents if they have heard it all before and are wary, but this time Hilltop Alliance Executive Director Aaron Sukenik says it will be different. The Hilltop Housing Ventures development of the South Side Local Development Company was planned for more than 60 homes in the Beltzhoover Avenue corridor, but was a phased approach that never got beyond Phase 1. Construction on the new Allentown’s houses will occur almost simultaneously inside of a year. Predevelopment has begun and is expected to go through 2022. Construction is anticipated to take place entirely in 2023 with the properties available for rent in late 2023 or early 2024. The Hilltop Alliance was awarded the tax credits in the second year of applying. Mr. Sukenik said very few, if any, tax credits are awarded in the program the first year they are applied for and many awarded in the third year or never. The scattered site development, and its incorporated partnership, will be called “Grandview South Homes.” Over the past six years the Hilltop Alliance and its partners have worked to acquired 33 vacant properties, many through the Pittsburgh’s property reserve process, in the Grandview South portion of Allentown. Grandview South takes in the area south of Grandview Park, north of E. Warrington Avenue and between Beltzhoover Avenue and Renwick Street. “The nickname given to that section of Allentown, between Warrington Ave and Grandview Park, in our 2013 housing market restoration strategy. That plan is what focused and ultimately guided our multi-pronged work in this section of the neighborhood, resulting in a lot of home repair programs for homeowners (for improving existing housing), rehab of existing vacant for immediate resale for improving salvageable vacant structures, and the site assembly and development plan for this project for addressing vacant lots,” Mr. Sukenik said. “The planning process for that included 3 well-attended community meetings back in 2013. In other words, we didn’t come up with this focus area -- the community did.” Other organizations working on the site acquisition inContinued on Page 4

The Hilltop Alliance and its development partner Gatesburg Road Development had been awarded $1,042,763 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to help build 31 single-family of affordable homes in Allentown. The scattered-site project includes 23 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom homes, including several constructed to ADA requirements. Graphic courtesy of architects LCA Partners

Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop will take place on Friday, November 12 Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop, a free produce distribution through the Hilltop Alliance, will continue with a distribution on November 12. The Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop, the Hilltop Alliance’s free produce distribution, will again pass out pre-boxed food on Friday, Nov. 12 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 avail-

able 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 distributing 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 placed in their trunk or walking up and taking the boxes with them. Those walking are strongly encouraged to Continued on Page 3


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Local Zoning Board hearing for Nov. 4

Pittsburgh’s Zoning Board of Adjustment Board meetings will be hosted on Zoom and streamed on YouTube Live on the Pittsburgh City Planning YouTube page at https://www.youtube. com/user/planpghvideo. To join the Zoom webinar, use the link: https://us02web.zoom. us/j/85171125255 or call 301-715-8592 with Webinar ID: 851 7112 5255. Those who are not planning to testify, should watch the YouTube Live stream to allow those testifying to be able to join the meeting. Information about each agenda item is available on the Virtual Zoning Board of Adjustment page at https://pittsburghpa.gov/ dcp/virtual-zba. To provide public comment: Join the virtual meeting and use raise hand function to speak. Call into the meeting on a telephone and use raise hand function by pressing *9 to request to speak. Those who wish to provide testimony this way, should register in advance by emailing zoningboard@pittsburghpa.gov to ensure that they are provided time to speak. Zone case 238/21 on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 9:50 a.m. is the appeal of Frank Thomas, applicant, and Burning Bush, owner, for 44 Pius Street, in the 17th Ward (Zoning District H). Applicant requests construction addition and conversion of existing structure to multi-unit residential. Variances: 911.02: Use as multi-unit residential is not permitted in the Hillside zone; 914.05.D: 22 bike parking spaces required, 15 provided.

Mt. Oliver Housing Court case for November 4

The following Mt. Oliver Borough Housing Court case is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4, at 11:00 a.m. in Municipal District Judge Richard King’s Courtroom: • David Winkowski, 653 Margaret Street, Mt. Oliver Borough, Code 302.1, Exterior Sanitation. All Mt. Oliver Housing Court cases are open to the public. Judge King’s office is located at 2213 Brownsville Road, Carrick.

Results of Mt. Oliver Housing Court cases on October 21

Results for the following Mt. Oliver Borough Housing Court case on Thursday, Oct. 21, in Municipal District Judge Richard King’s Courtroom: • Regina Castel (McClain), 687 Margaret Street, Mt. Oliver Borough, Code183.2, Rental License. Dismissed, Abated. • David Winkowski, 653 Margaret Street, Mt. Oliver Borough, Code 302.1, Exterior Sanitation. Continued to Nov. 4. • 961 Redevelop LLC, 121 Margaret Street, Mt. Oliver Borough, Code183.2, Rental License. Dismissed, Abated. • 961 Redevelop LLC, 121 Margaret Street, Mt. Oliver Borough, Codes 302.1, Exterior Sanitation. Dismissed, Abated. All Mt. Oliver Housing Court cases are open to the public. Judge King’s office is located at 2213 Brownsville Road, Carrick.

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Former Veterans Admistration campus will become city public safety facility Mayor William Peduto joined Department of Public Safety and Department of Public Works officials at the site of the former Veterans Administration campus in Lincoln-Lemington to discuss the future of the site. The campus will be redeveloped into a state-ofthe-art regional public safety training site, centralized campus for Pittsburgh Public Safety operations and will include net zero energy efficiency and stormwater management components to address the dangerous flood-prone Washington Boulevard corridor. The property was acquired after federal government agencies approved the use of the site by the city as a public safety campus earlier this year. By relocating training facilities to one campus, Pittsburgh’s public safety bureaus intend to develop training for police, fire, EMS and animal care and control departments throughout the region to improve service to the greater community. The project is projected to save millions of taxpayer dollars currently spent on leases by relocating public safety operations and public works storage from around the city to the campus. The city plans to bring Emergency Medical Services headquarters from Shadyside, Police Headquarters from Chateau, Police Training Academy from Allegheny West and the vehicle repair shop from the Strip District. The plan also includes building an indoor firing range on the campus to move it from its current location in the Highland Park neighborhood. Locations that will be vacated that the city currently owns can be sold to be put back on the tax rolls and redeveloped to benefit neighborhoods. The project will also allow the city to implement green and sustainable

The City of Pittsburgh will redevelop the former Veterans Administration campus in Lincoln-Lemington into a state-of-the-art public safety training site and a centralized campus for Pittsburgh Public Safety operations. stormwater solutions to alleviate dangerous flooding along Washington Blvd. By vacating public safety facilities located on the low-lying road, the city and PWSA can create a comprehensive solution to divert stormwater from the road. The site will feature additional green sustainable solutions as redevelopment will follow the net zero requirements for city facilities

championed by the Peduto Administration in 2019. The renovated buildings will be energy efficient and will produce as much energy as they consume, providing additional cost savings to taxpayers. “This site provides us with a historic opportunity to offer the best in life-saving training to public safety personnel from around the region, advance sustainable

green development, provide a solution to decades of intractable flood mitigation challenges, expand the city tax base and save taxpayers money,” said Mayor Peduto. “This project thinks big and provides big solutions for the betterment of our communities.” Long-term financing plans for the campus are listed in the city’s 2021 budget.

A treasured Pittsburgh holiday tradition – the annual Gingerbread House Competition – has returned in a virtual format to once again showcase hundreds of talented individuals, families, organizations, students and chefs who create gingerbread masterpieces. To enter the 19th annual Gingerbread Competition, individuals can upload photos of their gingerbread creations through November 13 by visiting www.pittsburghpa.gov/gingerbread. Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 20, an online gallery will feature photos of all entries and offer individuals viewing the gallery an op-

portunity to vote for the People’s Choice award winner. “The City of Pittsburgh is proud to serve as the presenter of this popular holiday tradition that attracts hundreds of entries each year,” according to Special Events Manager Brian Katze. “Due to ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions we’ll incorporate a virtual format to enable individuals, families and groups to express their creativity and then upload photos of their creations to become part of the online display.” This year, the competition’s winners will have the honor of displaying their gingerbread houses at Pittsburgh’s Seat of Government, the City-County Building. Beginning on November 20, approximately 60 award-winning houses will be displayed behind glass on the Grant Street Portico alongside Pittsburgh’s 106th Christmas Tree. The City-County Building Portico is open to the public around the clock, and the winning creations will be available for viewing from

Light Up Night through early January. The Gingerbread House Competition and Display launched in 2002 when Downtown hotels held a competition to benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. Since then, the competition has attracted thousands of entries displayed at PPG Place before moving to the City-County Building Grand Lobby in 2019. Individuals, families and groups can enter the 2021 competition in a variety of categories including school, non-profit group and food service professional. Visit www.pittsburghpa.gov/gingerbread to view past winning entries as well as to discover house building hints, recipe ideas and other information concerning the 2021 Gingerbread House Competition.

City Gingerbread House Competion is open and housebuilder can enter online

Mt. Oliver Housing Court cases for November 30

The following Mt. Oliver Borough Housing Court cases are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Municipal District Judge Richard King’s Courtroom: • Timothy Connors, 112 Fulton Street, Mt. Oliver Borough, Codes 302.1, Exterior Sanitation; 87-16.1, Hedges. • Timothy Connors, 112 Fulton Street, Mt. Oliver Borough, Codes 304.2, Protective Treatment. All Mt. Oliver Housing Court cases are open to the public. Judge King’s office is located at 2213 Brownsville Road, Carrick.


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Lowe’s volunteers pitched in to remove annuals and potting soil from the raised beds at Esser’s Plaza. The plaza renovation project was chosen as one of Lowe’s 100 Hometowns with financial and volunteer support and more.

Lowe’s volunteers get their hands dirty working in the Esser’s Plaza gardens

The morning was chilly on October 26 for a Lowe’s and drizzly, but the attitudes volunteer event. were cheerful and the enerLowe’s Homestead Store gy was high at Esser’s Plaza Manager David Bialota and

Fresh Fridays Continued from Page 1 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 Allentown. beginning at 3 p.m. and will go until all boxes are distributed. Those picking up the boxes, either walking or in a vehicle, will not be permitted in the parking lot The distribution is part of the USDA’s Corona Virus Farm Assistance Program through the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and is specifically for Hilltop residents. Households in the Zip Code areas of 15203, 15210, 15211 and Carrick residents in 15227 are welcome. There is no requirement to preregister and there are no income guidelines, but only one set of boxes per car or household. A safe and successful event is a primary concern. Those walking up to receive their boxes are re-

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quired to wear masks and follow social distancing recommendations. For more information, contact Julia McMahon at the Hilltop Alliance, 412586-5807 ext. 9. Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop is sponsored by the Hilltop Alliance,Brashear Association, St. John Vianney Food Pantry and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank with support from PNC Bank, Dollar Bank, PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development and Birmingham Foundation.

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his Robinson store counterpart Randy Behm, as well as four employees of the Homestead store, helped to remove annuals and potting soil from the planter beds at Esser’s Plaza. The two large planter beds consist of Pennsylvania Canal stones from the 1830s and will be repurposed as seating in the renovated plaza. The renovation of Esser’s Plaza in the South Side neighborhood was selected as one of the 100 impact projects that are the cornerstone of 100 Hometowns, an initiative to celebrate Lowe’s centennial. The South Side Community Council appreciated the financial and volunteer support of Lowe’s and Mr. Bialota.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has introduced a group of new Community Access Memberships meant to expand access to its four museums by making membership something everyone can afford and enjoy. They include a free Teen Membership, a $20 Family Access Membership, and a complimentary Organizational Access Membership available to eligible community-based non-profits. All teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 are now invited to sign up for a free Teen Membership, which remains active until a teen member turns 19. Families and individuals who qualify for public assistance are may enjoy the full benefits of membership through a new Family Access Membership, at the reduced cost of $20 (a regular Family Membership is $150). Eligible non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth, foster youth, individuals experiencing homelessness, and seniors receiving public assistance are invited to register to receive a complimentary Organizational Outreach Membership, which admits up to 11 people per visit at no cost. All Community Access Memberships include one year of free general admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. “A milestone anniversary is a time to remem-

ber how far we have come, but it’s also a time to dream how far we can go. So, we are using the occasion of our 125th to look beyond the doors of our museums and imagine new ways of opening them to the communities we serve,” said Steven Knapp, president and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “As part of this effort, we are turning our attention to the future of our community—our young people—with a free membership that invites teenagers to experience the power of our museums to connect them with each other and with the inspiring and mindexpanding worlds of art and science.” As part of its Community Access initiative, all four Carnegie Museums plan to expand their lifelong learning experiences through more teen-centric offerings

and programming targeted to seniors. Carnegie Museums has a member base of 29,000 member households, representing more than 110,000 people. A regular Individual Membership to Carnegie Museums is $75, a Family Membership is $150, and a Premium Membership, which admits up to 10 people per visit, is $250. Learn more about Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Community Access Memberships.

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Alliance, partners to build 31 single-family affordable homes Continued from Page 1 clude: The City of Pittsburgh, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation and the Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation. The scattered sites included eight structures needing demolished and 25 vacant lots. Planned are 23 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom houses, four of the

homes will be ADA accessible. In fitting with the neighborhood, some will have off-street parking pads in the rear except for the ADA houses which will have parking on the side. All the homes were designed in consideration of the existing zoning for the neighborhood. Mr. Sukenik said all of the houses were designed to fit in with the neighbor-

hood, according to the topography and ADA guidelines. The Allentown Community Development Corp. worked with architects, LGA Partners, to assure the homes were appropriate with the existing scale of the neighborhood. The Hilltop Alliance also met with residents several times during the planning to gain neighborhood input. They plan to continue

Grandview South Homes, a scattered-site affordable homes development of the Hilltop Alliance will bring 31 new homes to the area between Grandview Park and E. Warrington Avenue in Allentown. Graphic courtesy of architects LCA Partners “A lot of people who be working with residents to meet with neighborhood fall into these AMI ranges people to keep them updated of the homes to repair credit are working families,” Mr. and help prepare them to bethroughout the project. The pre-development pro- Sukenik said. come home owners. Although the units aren’t cess will take about a year He said the cost to build before construction will be- specifically planned for Sec- each of the homes is expectgin. Mr. Sukenik said al- tion 8 vouchers, those with ed to be around $300,000 though the properties need- vouchers may also apply to each. Predevelopment costs ed are under partners’ con- rent one. Denying a tenant of preparing each site with trol, the titles will still have because of vouchers would removing old foundations to be cleared and transferred be a violation of Fair Hous- and adding utilities is anticinto the development part- ing laws. ipated to be $75,000 per site. The difference between nership. During that year, At the end of the 15 years, The Arlington Civic Council’s Halloween Trunk or Treat at the New Academy Char- additional financing on the LIHTC units and the Sec- Mr. Sukenik said he expects ter School was a scary success. The damp weather didn’t keep a soul away with trunk $12 million development tion 8 voucher program is the homes to sell for about the LIHTC tax credits are $100,000, about the amount will be firmed up. after trunk of sweet treats for every body. Since the project is using awarded to the developer of debt that will still be owed LIHTC funding, the stand- and stay with the unit that’s on each property. alone homes will be afford- constructed, while the SecSince the LIHTC is a govable housing rentals for the tion 8 voucher moves with ernment program, complifirst 15 years. Rents are an- the person receiving it. ance is strict with income Mr. Sukenik explained as limits on applicants. A propticipated to be in the $900 to $1,100 range, including util- part of the agreement for the erty manager, NDC Asset ities, based on 20-60% of the LIHTC funding, the hous- Management, will be onSpecial Process Area Median Income (AMI). es will be kept as affordable site and in the neighborhood. At 40% AMI a family of two rentals for a minimum of Gatesburg Road DevelDuring COVID-19 would qualify with a house- 15 years. After the 15-year opment has successfully dehold income of $25,500 term, the hope is the current veloped more than 500 units while a family of four would resident of the home will be of scattered-site housing in qualify at 60% AMI with an in a position to purchase the Pennsylvania including projincome of almost $48,000. home. ects in Garfield, Homewood The Hilltop Alliance will and Northside. ADA units will rent for less.

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City selects The Efficiency Network for LED streetlight conversion

Pittsburgh-based The Efficiency Network (TEN) has been selected for the citywide LEG streetlight conversion project. The project will convert the city’s existing inventory of 35,000 overhead streetlights to LED in order to save over $1 million a year in energy

cost, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create union jobs and generate workforce development opportunities. New streetlights will comply with the city’s newly passed Dark Skies Lighting standards to reduce light pollution and aid in a healthy natural environ-

ment for people, animals and bird migration. The $16 million project will deliver LED lights that are more durable and reduce energy consumption by 40-50% based on the U.S. Department of Energy and industry standards and will reduce greenhouse

gas emissions based on the reduced consumption of electricity. The project will also reduce the costs and frequency of outages and replacements and provide a fully functional turnkey system that will include data collection and data analysis.

vide timely, accessible, and accurate information when our crews are upgrading or repairing water infrastructure,” said Chief Executive Officer Will Pickering. “Our new service outages page is yet another way we’re using technology to serve our customers.” Occasionally, a service

outage will impact a variety of blocks and streets in the vicinity of the work. For these types of outages, users are encouraged to click on the links in the first row of the location and time details for more information including a full list of impacted blocks and streets. The new service outages

page and the recently updated Search All Projects webpage, www.pgh2o.com/projects-maintenance/searchall-projects, are examples of how we are using technology to inform customers and provide greater transparency about the work we are performing throughout Pittsburgh.

PWSA has a new interactive outage map The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has announced the arrival of a new and improved service outages page. Customers will now be able to visually reference the location of active and upcoming service outages with the help of an easy-to-use, interactive map feature. “It is essential that we pro-

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Throughout the second half of 2020 and early 2021, Pittsburgh’s Departments of Mobility & Infrastructure (DOMI) and Innovation & Performance (I&P) contracted with the company Cyclomedia to conduct a full photographic survey of the city’s utility poles and streetlights, leading to the first ever full geographic database of Pittsburgh’s streetlights. With this data, the city was able to estimate how many new lights might be needed to address equity concerns related to the availability of street lighting in city neighborhoods. With funding from the American Rescue Plan, the city will add up to 15,000 additional new lights to address areas of lighting inequities. TEN will also be providing workforce development opportunities as part of the project, including their partnership with the A. Philip Randolph Institute to connect young people to vocations and offer multiple pathways for employment after the project is complete. Additionally, they are creating new apprenticeship funnel program with Pittsburgh Public Schools CTE program that will have a curriculum created by TEN, Duquesne

Light Company, IBEW Local #5 and Local #29. TEN will deliver this project utilizing the trains local workforce provided by IBEW Local #5. “TEN cannot be more honored to support the City of Pittsburgh in making this significant infrastructure improvement that will benefit all city residents,” said Troy Geanopulos, CEO of TEN. “In addition to improving the quality of lighting throughout the city and saving it valuable funds, we will use the opportunity to work with the A. Phillip Randolph Institute to identify and train city residents to support some of the workforce needs of the project.” The public is encouraged to learn more about the project and stay up to date with project updates and opportunities for engagement and comment through the city’s online public engagement portal, EngagePGH. The project is being managed by DOMI in collaboration with I&P, Office of Management and Budget and Department of City Planning’s Sustainability and Resilience Division. Installation is expected to start in spring 2022 and should take two and a half years to complete.

As the changing of the seasons brings fallen leaves, many residents take to their yard to rake leaves, prune plants, and prep gardens for winter. While these chores are essential for a healthy yard and garden, taking the extra step to bag or compost leaves and yard debris will improve the performance of our storm drains when it rains. More than 25,000 storm drains are spread across Pittsburgh’s streets to capture stormwater and redirect it into our sewer system. When it rains, leaves, grass clippings, trash, pet waste, fertilizer, and other pollutants left on the ground are washed away by stormwater into storm drains. Debris like leaves, grass clippings, and trash can block and clog storm drains, preventing stormwater from entering the sewer system. This can cause water to pond on the street, which presents safety hazards for vehicles and pedestrians. This flooding can also damage homes and businesses. In some areas of the city, dedicated storm sewer pipes

carry water directly to our streams and rivers. In other areas, stormwater enters combined sewer pipes and mixes with sewage on its way to ALCOSAN, the regional wastewater treatment facility. However, rainstorms often overwhelm the combined sewer system, causing stormwater and untreated sewage to overflow into our streams and rivers. When pollutants carried by stormwater enter the rivers and streams, they harm local water quality, public health, fish and wildlife, and recreation. PWSA and the City of Pittsburgh are working together to reduce local flooding and river pollution by sweeping streets, removing debris from storm drains, and constructing new green infrastructure that captures, filters, and holds stormwater. This fall, after raking leaves and grass clippings, either compost them at home or put them in a paper bag at the curb for pickup during the City’s scheduled Yard Debris Pickup Day – taking place November 13.

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Dirty Dozen always a cheerful event

For the fifth year in a row, members of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association were happy to cheer for and host the Dirty Dozen bicycle riders on a chilly Saturday, Oct. 23 afternoon. The association served hot chocolate, hot coffee, cold water, bananas and candy to the appreciative cyclists from a garage on Cobden Street. Board Member, Denise Fillip, managed the event with many volunteers helping serve. Dirty Dozen Director Danny Chew, also stopped by for some First-grade students in Ms. Homlish, Mrs. Kesich and Mrs. Ott’s classes at Pitts- refreshment while watching burgh Phillips K-5 were asked to put a spin on their books reports for October. The the race. students were given a Styrofoam pumpkin to turn into a favorite character from a self-selected book. The students worked with their families to produce some amazing character pumpkins.

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Costa announces $36M for PWSA

Sen. Costa announced that $36,277,000 has been awarded to the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority project through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). “I am very pleased that as we continue talking about infrastructure on the national stage, we are continuing to make the investments to essential infrastructure projects within our own local communities,” Sen. Costa said. “Wastewater management and water management as a whole throughout the city is essential to creating a clean and safe environment now and for generations to come.” The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority project will use these funds to replace and rehabilitate approximately 22 miles of small diameter wastewater collection lines. PENNVEST is committed to funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects across the commonwealth. More information about their mission and work can be found at https://www. pennvest.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

South Side Slopes neighbor, Natalie Armbruster, and Dirty Dozen Director, Danny Chew, were among those welcoming bicycle riders after their climb to the top of the South Side Slopes.

City to use former Steamfitters building for police operations Mayor William Peduto has introduced legislation to City Council to lease the former Steamfitters Local Union 449 at 1517 Woodruff Street. The city intends to use this facility to consolidate police operations currently housed in a former fire station in Troy Hill, a former school in Elliott, a former fire station in the Hill District and replace an expiring lease for warehouse storage in the North Side. Moving multiple operations into one location not only improves efficiency

and saves money, but also provides the city the opportunity to get properties back on the tax rolls, end existing leases and redevelop properties to create and enhance neighborhood assets in partnership with the community. For example, the city plans to redevelop Thaddeus Stevens School in Elliott into a community recreation center for youth and will work with the Troy Hill community to determine how market the old fire station in their business district for investment and redevelopment.

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