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Community Meeting to Review Demolition Proposed for 366 and 348 Gross Street

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, the 8am to 8pm hours of construction work, and the roughly two-week timeline for removing the Daly Building. The meeting also, however, touched on broader issues such as ideas for the space’s use and the impact of the Hospital on neighborhood parking. West Penn is beginning the process for its new 10-year plan, so there will be more community meetings in the months ahead around both the future of the 366 and 348 parcels and the future of the Hospital as a whole.

Feel free to email us at info@bloomfieldnow.org or call at 412-681-8800 if you have any additional thoughts or questions that are not reflected in the notes.

BDC Letter of Official Position

Community Meeting Notes

Community Meeting Agenda

Project Information Sheet

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Community Meeting for Proposed New Development at 4652 Friendship Avenue and Pearl Street

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. Among other questions, residents also expressed concerns about the density of the units, the loss of green space, and the height of the buildings themselves. Bloomfield Development Corporation will work with the developer and architects to try to address these concerns in advance of a second community meeting.

Feel free to email us at info@bloomfieldnow.org or call at 412-681-8800 if you have any additional thoughts or questions that are not reflected in the notes.

Community Meeting Notes

Meeting Agenda

4652 Friendship-Pearl Street Town Houses Project Sheet

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Take the Bloomfield Bridge Intersection Survey!

LINK FOR SURVEY

With heavy traffic and out-of-date infrastructure, the Bloomfield Bridge/Liberty Ave/Main St intersection needs attention. Tell us what YOU think about the crossroads. Your insights will be used to develop a plan to create a safer intersection for walkers, bikers, transit riders, and drivers alike.

Bloomfield Livable Streets and Bloomfield Development Corporation will be conducting this survey during the month of October. The data that it produces will then inform the community’s vision for improving the accessibility of the intersection. In conjunction with the survey, a pop-up street demonstration (The Crossings: Bloomfield) will bring awareness to pedestrian safety issues at this road junction. Together, the exciting public event and more long-term data collection process will shape new private development and future intersection revisions and bring about lasting, tangible improvements in walkability.

For more on The Crossings, or if you’d like to RSVP, see http://www.livelypittsburgh.com

 

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The Crossings: Coming to Bloomfield October 18!

Meet outside the ShurSave grocery store at 4pm on Oct. 18 for The Crossings: Bloomfield, a pop-up street demonstration to promote pedestrian safety at the Liberty Ave/Main St/Bloomfield Bridge intersection. Participants will cross together carrying signs (“Vulnerable together. Safer together”), dancing to music, and dressing in costumes — essentially putting on a show for drivers, residents, government officials, and media. With “Sole-Train”-themed music and costumes and an after-party, this will be a fun-filled event for a heart-warming cause—making these crosswalks safer for all. (Come join on Oct. 18, and in the meantime, please take our survey about safety at this intersection: Survey Link)

The Goal: A Safer Intersection for All

The goal for The Crossings: Bloomfield is to increase safety and walkability for everyone using the intersection, but particularly for the most vulnerable among us. When a walkway works better for someone using a wheelchair, it also works better for someone pushing a stroller or carrying heavy grocery bags. To accomplish this goal of a safer intersection, the event will combine the highly visible October 18th spectacle with a more long-term study of residents’ concerns about the crossroads. Bloomfield Livable Streets and Bloomfield Development Corporation will be working together to gather data on the needs of local pedestrians. This data will then inform the community’s vision for improving the accessibility of the intersection. With both an exciting public event and a more long-term data collection process, then, The Crossings: Bloomfield will shape new private development and future intersection revisions and bring about lasting, tangible improvements in walkability. (Survey Link)

Why The Crossings?

The Crossings is a project of Lively Pittsburgh in partnership with Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, the region’s initiative to create more inclusive, respectful communities for all generations.* Their idea, a pop-up street demonstration for pedestrian safety filled with music, dancing, posters, and costumes, has gained momentum after successful debuts in East Liberty and Lawrenceville last fall and spring. As Lively and AFGP bring The Crossings to Bloomfield, Bloomfield Livable Streets and Bloomfield Development Corporation are expanding the project to include a more in-depth survey of neighbors and intersection users. The fun October 18th event and the data from the survey will help inform the community’s vision for the future of the intersection. (Survey Link)

Why the Bloomfield Bridge/Liberty Ave/Main St Intersection?

This large and complicated intersection has seen many collisions and close calls, and residents have repeatedly expressed a need to make it more pedestrian-friendly, particularly for those who may require more time to cross. This is especially important since it is adjacent to ShurSave grocery store, the Bloomfield Pool & baseball field, and Woolslayer Elementary School — destinations that attract pedestrians of all ages and abilities, including young children and older adults.

 

Want to make the Bloomfield Bridge intersection safer? Come dance. Meet in the ShurSave parking lot at the corner of Howley Street and Main Street on Wednesday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. RSVP here, or by email to jjablon@livelypittsburgh.com.

(And don’t forget to take the survey!: Survey Link)

*Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh is made possible through support by the Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation and Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging.

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Bloomfield Streetscape Demonstration Final Report