Allegheny General Hospital Sign and Lighting

Allegheny City Central Association

Allegheny General Hospital is considering installation of a large sign and additional lighting on top of its building on North Avenue. They will be installing several letters and design elements as a test phase on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Please take a moment to view them and write to us with your thoughts, comments, and opinions.

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HRC Approval Required for Continuation of “River of Words”

River of Words

River of Words was the first of five temporary public art commissions being installed along City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s Garden-to-Garden Artway in Allegheny City Central. The time period for the River of Words installation ends on December 27, but many people who have hosted words on their houses would like to make River of Words a more permanent installation and leave their words up after that date. HRC requires that anyone within the Mexican War Streets Historic District apply for approval to leave a word on the exterior of their house. Glenn Olcerst, a Mexican War Streets resident, has filed an application to keep his word displayed on his house. He hopes to set a precedent for others within the historic district, and is offering to do a class-action application on behalf of all residents wishing to keep their words. Please show your support for public art in general, or specifically to continue River of Words, by attending Mr. Olcerst’s hearing on February 4.

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URA Approaches Vote On Garden Theater Block Redevelopment Rights

Garden Theater

Domenic Branduzzi, owner of Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville, will no longer be opening a restaurant in the Garden Theater block. While this news is disappointing, there is greater optimism than ever that our commercial corridor will soon become a lively, economic bright spot. The City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority is poised to announce the selection of one or more experienced developers who will lead the thoroughfare’s revitalization at what is truly an economic high point for the neighborhood.

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Neighborhood Pride Assessment Survey

Please provide your input to the Safety Committee by completing a Neighborhood Pride Assessment Survey. This survey will be used to identify and address safety issues in the neighborhood and to develop action plans for solving the identified issues. The deadline for submission is Monday, December 15.

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Garden Theater Block Update

Garden Theater Block Water and Sewage Work

Construction has begun on the water and sewer infrastructure that will serve the entire Garden Theater Block. City of Asylum Pittsburgh has entered a period of exclusive negotiations to purchase the Masonic Building for its Alphabet City project. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is reviewing the proposals of five developers who responded to the RFP for other buildings in the block.

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RFP to Develop Lots on Alpine Avenue

Vacant Lots on Alpine and Carrington to be Developed

ACCA is requesting proposals for the development of fourteen vacant lots on Alpine and one on Carrington. Interested parties may respond with proposals for individual or multiple properties. The intent of this development is to create a significant impact on the 200 block of Alpine Avenue. Proposals should be consistent with related goals in ACCA’s Community Master Plan. Proposals are due by December 5, 2014.

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