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Updates Hilltop Farm Master Plan at Mt. O. City block watch meeting


The Mt. Oliver/St. Clair Block Watch and the Hilltop Alliance will make a public presentation of the Hilltop Farm Master Plan at the block watch’s regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ormsby Avenue Café, 402 Ormsby Avenue.

A light dinner will be available for $10 per person at the meeting. Cash only for food and beverages.

In planning since 2014, Hilltop Farm & Homes project would be a regionally-significant hub for urban agriculture, food access, agriculture entrepreneurship, and community development at the former St. Clair Village in St. Clair, Pittsburgh, PA. 

The 20-acre non profit Hilltop Farm would include a Farm Market Building, a 3+ acre Community Supported Agriculture Farm (CSA), a one acre production orchard, a 3+ acre Farmer Incubation Program, a one acre youth farm, youth orchard, and youth food forest with an environmental education building, and a 57 plot community garden with a nearly quarter-acre community farm plot, a 60’x120’ compost processing facility, and a 200 person events barn. The Farm Market Building would include a seasonal farmers market for the community to access fresh produce and farm-based education, and perhaps at a later phase, a 32’x80’ bioshelter.

The site design includes significant Green Infrastructure, 100 percent on-site Stormwater Management, Native and Edible landscape, and energy efficient buildings.

The Hilltop Farm is a piece of a larger Hilltop Farm & Homes plan, which would be a conservation community that includes 120 townhouses built to passivhaus standards. 

The block watch meets every other month on the fourth Thursday of that month beginning in January. The schedule of dates for Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch gatherings for 2016 are: January 28; March 24; May 26; September 22; and November 17 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

All meetings are from approximately 7-8:30 p.m. There are no summer meetings scheduled at this time.

Although closed to the public, Kristin Delacour will allow the block watch to convene their meetings at the Ormsby Avenue Café until further notice.


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