On Monday, February 19, at 6:30 pm, 33 residents gathered to view the design proposed by the developer, M.P. Kratsas, of a new Hampton Inn at 4520 Penn Avenue. Community concerns included the impact of the construction on neighboring residences, pedestrian safety, and traffic, as well as the materials and lighting to be used in the new building. Bloomfield Development Corporation will draft these concerns in a letter to the City’s Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP) before the developer’s design review hearing.
UPDATE 3/19/18: Lawrenceville United sent us a City Planning Presentation on Pittsburgh’s zoning process after the Housing affordability forum.
Here are links to all of the information and materials present at this meeting:
A new 115-room Hampton Inn hotel is being built at 4520 Penn Avenue. The development team of M.P. Kratsas is appearing before the City’s Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP), which has requested the community’s comments prior to the CDAP review.
Bloomfield Development Corporation will not provide comment to CDAP on the design without first hearing from the community, and the developer agreed during the zoning process that a community meeting on the design would be a priority.
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.