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Neighborhood Businesses Bloom at the Saturday Market

The Bloomfield Saturday Market, a program of Bloomfield Development Corporation (BDC), reopens on May 18th with a new opportunity for Bloomfield businesses to grow their customer base. New this year, the Market will provide free space on a monthly basis to small businesses based in the neighborhood. This new initiative allows the Market, which operates out of a parking lot at 5050 Liberty Ave., to better support small businesses.

The Market attracts nearly 2,000 visitors every Saturday from all over the city and creates a community gathering space for Bloomfield residents. Over 40 vendors attend including farmers, local food producers, prepared food vendors, and crafters. In conjunction with West Penn Hospital/Allegheny Health Network, patrons have access to health and wellness education each week, including free flu shots in the fall.

BDC also collaborates with a number of other local nonprofits to provide special programming, including “Pet Day” and a monthly “Share Fair,” where neighbors exchange books, clothing, and household items for free. The 25-week season runs from May 18th to November 2nd, opening at 9:00AM and closing at 1:00PM, rain or shine.

Participating businesses will receive a free vendor space at the market at up to 2 markets. They can use the space to advertise to new potential customers, promote special events at their primary location, and connect with patrons from all over the greater Pittsburgh area in a friendly community festival setting. By attending the Market, businesses have the opportunity to grow their following by accessing a new customer base.

If you are a small business owner interested in attending the Bloomfield Saturday Market, please contact the Market Manager via email at market@bloomfieldpgh.org for more information and details on how to apply.

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Feb. 23 Bloomfield Bridge Gateway Planning Process

UPDATE: So many great ideas on February 23rd! Thank you to all community members who took time out of their day to brainstorm with your neighbors.

Meeting Notes (coming soon!)
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In January, Bloomfield Development Corporation (BDC) held the first of three meetings for a community planning process for the Bloomfield Bridge gateway parcels and intersection.

This Saturday, February 23, is the second workshop that will focus on uses and layout of the sites at the Bloomfield Bridge gateway intersection. Open through today, give your feedback online through a survey! The survey makes sure that what came out of the January meeting is representative of a majority of the neighborhood.

Funded in partnership with ACTION-Housing, the process began with the January 19th workshop sessions. Community members in attendance discussed the shared values of the neighborhood and how those could shape future development. Themes included preserving the unique culture of Bloomfield and making the neighborhood more accessible for all.

After the workshop, Studio for Spatial Practice released a follow up survey to help prioritize the themes and values from the first session and to gather feedback from those who couldn’t attend.

The January workshop focused heavily on establishing shared themes and values. Those will be used to guide the work of the second session of workshops on February 27th. The February workshop will focus more on layout and actual buildings on the site with a focus on how different sizes and uses can best fit with the surrounding neighborhood. The outcome of the two days of workshops will be presented by Studio for Spatial Practice at an open house-style event in April.

The upcoming February 23 workshop features two identical sessions. One takes place in the morning from 10:00AM to 12:00PM and the second in the afternoon from 2:00PM to 4:00PM. Space for the workshop is limited and an RSVP is required. BDC encourages local stakeholders to attend in order to give feedback and help represent neighbors who aren’t able to attend.

Childcare, breakfast, and plenty of snacks are provided.

To learn more or to RSVP call 412.681.8800 or email sam@bloomfieldpgh.org.

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Market Program Coordinator

Bloomfield Development Corporation is hiring a Program Coordinator to run the Bloomfield Saturday Market program, a pop-up Saturday morning farmers market that draws over 2,000 people into the neighborhood of Bloomfield each week.

The Program Coordinator works part-time as part of the BDC Bloomfield Saturday Market program and reports to the Executive Director. They work in Bloomfield to execute the successful Bloomfield Saturday Market with the goal of creating a community gathering place, supporting entrepreneurs, drawing visitors into our business district, and providing an important platform in which to market Bloomfield’s small businesses. They will staff the market year-round, connecting the markets to BDC’s mission and the larger community with an understand of the local food system in which they operate. Further, the market manager ensures open lines of communication between all stakeholders, curates high-quality entertainment and educational programming, creates and sustains mechanisms for residential support, creates important connections to Bloomfield’s business district, and ensures that visitors have a fun and safe experience.

This is a part-time, year-round position at approximately 25 hours per week paying $15.35/hour. This position requires Saturday work and may include occasional evening hours. This position involves repetitive lifting of up to 50 pounds, standing and walking for extended periods, crouching and bending, and working outside in variable weather conditions. Reliable transportation is preferred.

Please read the Market Program Coordinator Job Description for further information on the tasks and activities involved in running the Market. To apply, please submit a cover letter as a separate document (not included in the body of an email) with your resume to contact@bloomfieldpgh.org.

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Community Conversations & Potluck, 10/22!

Monday, October 22nd, from 6-8pm

A night of conversation about our favorite neighborhood, Bloomfield! Bring a dish to share (or a bag of clementines, or nothing, just get there), and enjoy thinking about and giving feedback on different projects around Bloomfield.

Click here for the flyer.
Click here for the agenda.

Monday, October 22nd, from 6-8pm
West Penn School of Nursing
4900 Friendship Avenue

Accessible entrance located in the rear of the building off of Mend Way.
Childcare provided with RSVP of number of children to info@bloomfieldpgh.org or 412.681.8800

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Bloomfield gets educated on tools to ensure affordable housing

Bloomfielders have watched as neighborhood housing prices have risen steadily in recent years. These increases have pushed out many longtime renters, and closed the door for first-time and low to moderate-income homebuyers. Recently, this issues was thrust into the spotlight when Milhaus Development proposal to demolish ShurSave to build 237 luxury units. We’re now trying to answer the question: how do we keep Bloomfield, Bloomfield? How do we make sure that Bloomfield has a place for everyone?

On May 24th, more than 60 Bloomfielders got together to learn from local experts about strategies and tools that can keep the neighborhood’s housing costs affordable. Attendees heard from local experts on 5 tools that can keep housing affordable: Inclusionary Zoning policies, the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund, Community Land Trusts, Tenant Rights, and The Pittsburgh Land Bank. All of these strategies can work in combination to make headway towards Pittsburgh’’s well-documented 20,000-unit shortage of affordable homes. To learn more about each of these policies and programs, check out the links below.

Bloomfield Development Corporation is continuing this conversation at its first Housing Committee meeting next Wednesday, 6/20, 6:30 at 4900 Friendship Ave. PLEASE RSVP HERE if you’d like to organize to continue this neighborhood conversation.

Bloomfield Affordability Toolkit Resources