On Monday, January, 29 at 6:30 PM, roughly 400 people (365 sign-ins) packed into the auditorium of the West Penn Hospital Nursing School to learn about the proposed development at 4401 Liberty Ave and to express their concerns. Having a grocery store and affordability on the site were top community priorities, but attendees also voiced concerns about the proposed development’s design and its impact on issues such as parking and traffic.
Among Bloomfield neighbors, navigating the Bloomfield Bridge/Liberty Ave/Main St/Howley St. intersection is often a daily risk, one that involves extreme vigilance and caution if moving through on foot or by bike. Bloomfield Development and Bloomfield Livable Streets together designed and distributed a survey to 780 respondents throughout the month of October to better understand the concerns and issues that residents have with the intersection. The data and comments gathered will help start and continue a dialogue on how to improve safety for all users at this crossroads.
A new building with approximately 220 market-rate rental units and 20,000 sq. ft. of first floor retail is being proposed for development at 4401 Liberty Avenue. The parcel to be redeveloped currently holds the Shursave IGA grocery store, Veterans of Foreign Wars building, and one vacant residence, as well as a large parking lot and double billboard. The plot is bordered by Liberty Ave, Howley St, Gangwish St, and Ella St.
On December 5th, Bloomfield Development Corporation and Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation co-hosted a community meeting to review West Penn Hospital’s plans to demolish the Daly Building at 366 Gross Street and an adjacent house at 348 Gross Street. The Hospital plans to remove the two unused buildings and temporarily turn the area into green space. Much of the community discussion centered on the demolition process, such as the location of dumpsters and equipment,
On November 9th, Bloomfield Development Corporation hosted a community meeting to review proposed new development at 4652 Friendship Avenue and Pearl Street. The developer, Walnut Capital, and their architects, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, are proposing to build 6 new town homes fronting on Pearl Street and spanning from Rosina Way to Friendship Avenue. Much of the community discussion centered on the impacts the development would have on both parking and property values/rental rates in the neighborhood.