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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 2:16 PM
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Ah man!!! Bummer And they even had groundbreaking with a robot delivering the first brick...
What's going on is that CMU reconsidered the Tata building's size
after that groundbreaking and decided to make it bigger. They
are currently planning on what schools/departments are going to get space
(e.g. engineering, computer science have some of it). I have a friend
who's department may move over there, so there's been alot of
discussion about it.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 4:20 PM
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City has finally posted the 2/15 zoning board agenda. We heard about one of the big elements (expansion of Bakery Square 3.0 to nine stories) a few weeks back. But lately the zoning board has changed from posting these agendas weeks in advance to only posting them the day before. Whether this is sheer laziness or on purpose, I'm not sure.

Anyway, aside from Bakery Square, we have.

1. Distillery project in the Strip District at the former Artistry location (2613 Smallman Street).

2. A proposed new warehouse off of Greentree Road in Westwood

3. Conversion of an old church-related building in Manchester into a coworking space and artist studio. This project is being done by Brian Mendelssohn, who owns Botero Development - a small development company that did a lot of work on rehabs in Lawrenceville before the big boys priced him out.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 5:46 PM
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As for the UPMC project, I'm tempted to go off on a similar rant about why hospitals, despite being great for economic development, can be pretty crap when it comes to urban development issues. But whatever--that corridor seems destined to be hodge-podge with lots of unfortunate mini gaps and such, but as long as it is built up to an overall high level of use it will support better-planned development all around it.
Again, the Baum-Centre corridor (hell, basically the whole zone from the apartment block area of Oakland all the way to Downtown East Liberty) is crying out for a whole new zoning category similar to Uptown and the riverfront. It might not help in terms of hospitals, because they can always rezone areas EMI and essentially do whatever they want with them. But it should stop more fast food restaurants from opening up along those streets.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:27 PM
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Again, the Baum-Centre corridor (hell, basically the whole zone from the apartment block area of Oakland all the way to Downtown East Liberty) is crying out for a whole new zoning category similar to Uptown and the riverfront. It might not help in terms of hospitals, because they can always rezone areas EMI and essentially do whatever they want with them. But it should stop more fast food restaurants from opening up along those streets.
At least the new Arby's on Baum is fronting the street.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:52 PM
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Again, the Baum-Centre corridor (hell, basically the whole zone from the apartment block area of Oakland all the way to Downtown East Liberty) is crying out for a whole new zoning category similar to Uptown and the riverfront. It might not help in terms of hospitals, because they can always rezone areas EMI and essentially do whatever they want with them. But it should stop more fast food restaurants from opening up along those streets.
I think this whole corridor is ripe for a pedestrianization scheme, with the curb bump-outs, bright crosswalks, bike lanes, street trees, and reducing it to one lane except turning lanes on Baum especially. Centre is already pretty tight which is good as far as keeping speeds low and making it easy to cross on foot.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 8:33 PM
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I think this whole corridor is ripe for a pedestrianization scheme, with the curb bump-outs, bright crosswalks, bike lanes, street trees, and reducing it to one lane except turning lanes on Baum especially. Centre is already pretty tight which is good as far as keeping speeds low and making it easy to cross on foot.
Agreed. I'd love to see Baum go on a 'road diet'.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 9:38 PM
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I think this whole corridor is ripe for a pedestrianization scheme, with the curb bump-outs, bright crosswalks, bike lanes, street trees, and reducing it to one lane except turning lanes on Baum especially. Centre is already pretty tight which is good as far as keeping speeds low and making it easy to cross on foot.
It would be nice to have some room for a bus-only lane on Baum. You could reroute the buses which currently go down Centre onto Baum (like the 71A and C) quite easily. AFAIK only the 77 travels on it currently. Wouldn't inconvenience any of the bus riders to walk an extra short block that much at all.
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New Planning Commission presentation. Four new items this week:

1. Day Automotive wants to buy 6.5 acres just off of West Liberty Avenue to expand its Subaru dealership into land now taken up by landscaping of Fair Oaks Senior Apartments. This will require some rezoning, as the area is currently set aside for residential uses. The senior apartment building will remain in place, Day Automotive just wants to buy land currently unused along West Liberty and Pauline Avenues. Can't say I'm thrilled by this, but West Liberty is a lost cause when it comes to urban form, so it wouldn't be the worst outcome in the world.

2. A zoning change of a section of Susquehanna Street in Homewood from RIA-VH (Residential Single Unit Attached Very High Density) to UI (Urban Industrial). The strip is here, and contains mostly vacant lots along with four remaining houses.

3. Phase B of the Mill 19 project at Almono is up for review. It looks nice, but not dramatically different from Phase A.

4. St. Edmund's Academy is submitting their proposed renovation and expansion of their north wing. It's being done by Stada, and is certainly a step up from the existing structure, which is a blank brick wall.

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Old Posted Feb 16, 2018, 4:21 PM
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Text of PBT article about the Bakery Square 3.0 presentation to ZBA.

It looks like the NIMBYs aren't going to defeat this proposal, given the big community groups are either in favor (ELDI) or neutral (Larimer Consensus Group).

Also glad to hear that the Bakery Square Busway stop is still "proposed." At least it hasn't been killed yet.
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Oh, and the 3/8 ZBA agenda has landed. Items of note which aren't retreads:

1. 2 infill houses in South Side Slopes.

2. Conversion of this warehouse on Mintwood Street in Lower Lawrenceville into a 17-unit condo building.

3. Conversion of the former employee parking lot for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette downtown into commercial parking. I'm sure this is just temporary, but it's not a good thing regardless.
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2. A zoning change of a section of Susquehanna Street in Homewood from RIA-VH (Residential Single Unit Attached Very High Density) to UI (Urban Industrial). The strip is here, and contains mostly vacant lots along with four remaining houses.
That's a pretty critical block, since it is right next to Wilkinsburg Station on the Busway. Do we know anything about why this is being done now? Is there a project in the works for that whole block?
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It looks like the NIMBYs aren't going to defeat this proposal, given the big community groups are either in favor (ELDI) or neutral (Larimer Consensus Group).
Random sidenote, but there is a lone NIMBY making a traffic argument, and I think the traffic, if anything, is better around there. I think that is thanks to the CMU smart system, but I am completely unconcerned (plus it is not like a few more floors of an office building is a huge traffic generator anyway).
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That's a pretty critical block, since it is right next to Wilkinsburg Station on the Busway. Do we know anything about why this is being done now? Is there a project in the works for that whole block?
It looks like most of that block was bought from the city nearly exactly a year ago by a company named 15 CCD Corporation. Most of the remainder of the block (and the area behind) is owned by a guy who runs a small hauling company. There's still one city-owned vacant home, and one which is owned by a third party (might be homeowner occupied, but doesn't take the homestead exemption).

15 CCD appears to be a holding company related to Bridgeway Capital, the owners of the 7800 Susquehanna property right next door. If they succeed in buying out the hauling company, and deal with the last two holdouts, they'll control quite a large chunk of land - and have pretty free reign to redevelop it as they see fit considering UI is arguably the most permissive medium-density zoned area.

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Random sidenote, but there is a lone NIMBY making a traffic argument, and I think the traffic, if anything, is better around there. I think that is thanks to the CMU smart system, but I am completely unconcerned (plus it is not like a few more floors of an office building is a huge traffic generator anyway).
My wife drives a lot more than me, and often complains about the traffic on Penn Avenue through that area. Between our daughter going to Linden K-5 and shopping at the East End Co-op, we do drive out that way pretty often. But we tend to shortcut on Hamilton through Larimer and Homewood.
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