By Al Lowe
Contributing Writer 

MWCDC elects board, officers


October 20, 2009

The city's planning commission will meet at 2 p.m. November 10 and will review plans regarding the project designed to replace the former Edge restaurant adjacent to the Mon Valley incline.

The announcement was made at the October 15 membership meeting of the Mount Washington Community Development Corp.

The proposed complex would include a hotel, condos, a parking garage, a fitness center, a spa, ballrooms, a pedestrian plaza, a walking trail and two restaurants.

Each speaker at the meeting being held at 200 Ross Street will have up to three minutes to address the commission.

Those interested can also address the board by emailing or sending a letter to: Ms. Dolores Hanna, special project operations manager, Department of City Planning, 200 Ross Street, Pgh, PA 15219.

"We need residents to come and tell how vital this will be for the community," board president J.T. Smith said.

MWCDC held its election of officers and board members that night.

Officers reelected are Mr. Smith, president and Linda Rosenthal as secretary.

Anne Massucci was reelected vice president and Pete Karlovich was elected to the other vice president position. Phil Delmer was elected treasurer.

Board members elected or reelected are: Tom Brady, Jon Lusin, Linda Rosenthal, Andy Spanoudakis, Greg Falvo, Jay Molluso, Mr. Smith and Mr. Karlovich.

Board members thanked Jim Nolan and Anne Holmes who are leaving the board and the other members who served this year.

Park Resource Manager Ilyssa Manspeizer said feedback will be sought on the trail plan for the parks during a discussion at the forum meeting at 7 p.m. November 19 at the Senior Center.

Also scheduled that night will be discussion of the proposed plans to relocate the Carnegie Library of Mount Washington somewhere on Virginia Avenue. It was built in 1900 and is situated at 315 Grandview Avenue. Carnegie Library representatives have been invited to attend.

Another announcement from the audience was that a "Save Our Library" organizational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Grandview Presbyterian Church, next to the library. Carnegie representatives have also been invited to attend this meeting.

Ms Manspeizer said she has been planning a bulb planting session and also a tree planting session but the dates and times have not yet been set.

Mount Washington's Light Up Night will be held 5 to 10 p.m. November 20 on Shiloh Street. Santa Claus will be coming to town that day on the Mount from 5 to 7 p.m., program manager Greg Panza said.

MWCDC is starting a new tradition with its Annual Dinner scheduled November 12 at the LeMont Restaurant. Reception is at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. Cost is $60 per person or $540 per 10 person table. Entrée selections are: chicken marsala, vegetarian, grouper with shrimp or roast tenderloin. There will be a silent auction and a year-in-review by MWCDC officials.

Contact Executive Director Chris Beichner at 412 481-3220, ext. 205 or cbeichner@ with names of parties and dinner selections.

Mr. Panza was asked about the future of the Prospect School property. He responded that the school district and the Urban Redevelopment Authority were trying to sell a number of schools, including that one. The building is in good condition but a negative factor is that it is such a huge facility.

"We as an organization are very concerned and are closely watching what happens," Mr. Panza said.


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