Councilman calls town meeting to discuss condo proposal for 13th St.


February 5, 2008

District 3 Councilman Bruce A. Kraus has called a town meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Market House on 12th Street to gain public input concerning the development Landmark Property Development, LLC is proposing to build from 93 South 13 Street to 1310 Sarah Street.

At a Public Hearing before the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on January 31 Landmark Property Development requested a change of use from the existing former police station/jailhouse to a multiple family residential structure consisting of 15 condominiums on three floors with parking for 16 vehicles in the basement. The Zoning Board continued the hearing until February 14 to allow time for the developers to present the plans to the South Side Planning Forum on February 12 and at the town meeting called by Councilman Kraus.

In a supplement to their zoning application, the applicants state “the proposed use is more conforming than the previous use and will be less intensive than the previous use. The police station and jail house had hours of operation that were 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; had no dedicated parking spaces; had numerous employees staffing the building at all hours of day and night; and the physical size of the building looked more like a commercial or municipal structure and was larger than the size of the buildings in the surrounding community.”

Neighborhood residents in protesting the construction of the building note that the existing building hasn't been used as a police station since at least the 1960's and the proposed condominiums will rise more than 40 feet with three stories of condominiums and a basement that is only several feet below street level.

Those who desire to speak at the town meeting will be given two minutes each. Councilman Kraus will facilitate the meeting.


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