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By Margaret L. Smykla
Contributing Writer 

Projects updated at S.S. Forum


The brief July 30 combined July-August meeting of the South Side Planning Forum consisted of updates and news of upcoming events.

A scheduled presentation by the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association was postponed, at the organization’s request, until the forum’s Sept. 10 meeting.

In the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC), Peter Kreuthmeier said two DRC meetings had been held since the forum last met.

Among the four proposed residential projects discussed is an apartment building on the riverside of the existing parking lot behind REI.

The building would be high-end with a boutique hotel feel and include a pool, sauna, and concierge.  Its 215 units would be two-bedroom, one-bedroom and a new concept of nano-units.

A proposed six-floor development at 2900 Sidney St. would consist of 173 units: three-bedroom, two-bedroom and efficiencies.

The Print Shop Lofts at 2933 Mary St. has completed phase one; the average age of leasee is 35.  For more on the development, visit:

The proposal for the Hot Metal Flats is for rental apartments: 56 units, and 73 parking spaces. The bottom two floors would be parking, with four residential floors above it.

Next, in an update of the new, standing neighborhood plan revision monitoring committee, Betty Kripp said seven names have been submitted for the committee.

The names represent the member forum organizations.

The purpose of the new committee, as stated in the eighth update of the neighborhood plan, is to monitor progress in addressing issues as identified in the neighborhood plan, and to update the plan biennially.

Regarding upcoming events, the Second Annual South Side Garden Tour will be begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 18 at 1800 E. Carson St.

The self-guided tour will feature unique gardens throughout the neighborhood. For tickets, visit:, or the Farmer’s Market.  Tickets will also be available at the event.

Kyle Stewart, of the office of Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr., announced an “Inaugural Health & Wellness Weekend,” on Sept. 13-15, highlighted by an uphill 5K run/walk, and Community Appreciation Day on Sept. 14.

The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at Freedom Corner in the Hill District.

The cost is $25 runner/walker; $15 Hill resident runner/walker; and free for walkers under age 12.  Fees are the same for pre-registration as day of registration.   For more information, contact Mr. Stewart at 412-471-7760.

Community Appreciation Day will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennard Field.  Besides free food, live entertainment, prizes, dancing, and more, it will feature a job fair and food drive.

From 1 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 15, H.E.A.L. will be held at the Thelma Lovette YMCA, and offer free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, health Jeopardy games, prize drawings, and more.

Candice Gonzalez, neighborhood initiatives coordinator in the Mayor’s Office, provided updates on city activities.

In late August, a new spray park is scheduled to open in Beltzhoover adjacent to the Warrington Community Center.

The $500,000 spray park, which is on the site of the former Warrington swimming pool, will feature a water bucket, sea monster, flower shower, and various in-ground water amenities operated via manual or sensor-activated control systems.

National Night Out (NNO) will be held on Aug. 6.  Ms. Gonzalez said the mayor encourages participating neighborhood groups to register their events on the city’s NNO website. Contact her at 412-255-2792 with questions about NNO.

A NNO celebration with family-oriented activities will be held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -- South Side, 2205 East Carson St., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 6.

The next forum meeting will be on Sept 10.


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