Schenley Farms Civic Association is hosting a summertime outdoor gathering of neighbors ….. for fun, socializing, enjoying.

The time is Sunday, July 11, 6 – 8.

The location is Tennyson Avenue, which will be closed to thru street traffic.

There will be free food while it lasts:

There will be music, guitar/banjo performer  John Marcinizyn

Small children are encouraged to attend, and will have a backyard for play at 210 Tennyson.



UPMC Plans new Heart and Transplant Hospital in Oakland, to start 2022

At SFCA annual meeting 5/20/21, John Krolicki will present early plans for a new Heart & Transplant Hospital in Oakland.   The location is at Fifth Avenue and DeSoto.    These are early plans.   Meetings to solicit community input will be starting in 2021.

A copy of his presentation, with architectural renderings, can be found on this link:

Schenley Farms Civic Assoc Bed Tower May 2022

Annual SFCA Membership Meeting 5/20/2021

An annual meeting is held each May.    The initial part of meeting features updates from Community Leaders.  This is followed by a short business meeting, which include updates from current board members of issues and activities, and elections of new board members for next three year term.   This year format (due to Pandemic Health Recommendations) will be with ZOOM, and meeting links have been sent to neighbors.

Speakers this year will include:

Erika Strassburger, Councilperson for City District 8

Derek Dauphin, Sr. Planner with City of Pgh City Planning, Oakland Focus

John Krolicki, UPMC, VP of Facilities and Support Service

Paul Supowitz, Univ of Pitt, Vice-Chan for Community and Government Relations

Bob Reppe,  CMU, Sr. Director of Planning and Design



CMU beginning Institutional Master Plan

CMU Director of Planning and Design, Bob Reppe, will present at SFCA annual meeting.    Ideas for Campus Design and Facility Development are starting now, part of 2022 Institutional Master Plan.


Click link to see power point presentation:

2021 05 18 – Sch Farms1


City Planning holding workshops and tours for two Oakland locations, in May


Dates, Times, and Locations

Boulevard of the Allies and Zulema Street Site

  • Workshop: Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. to noon via Zoom (link sent with registration)
  • Optional Tour: Monday, May 10, 5-7 p.m. — Meet on the southeast side of Isaly’s Building in the parking lot.

Forbes Avenue and Meyran Avenue Site

  • Workshop: Thursday, May 20, 5-7 p.m. via Zoom   (link sent with registration)
  • Optional Tour: Thursday, May 13, 5-7 p.m. — Meet on the corner of Semple Street and Fresco Way


Please use the link below to register for all events you intend to attend:

A map of areas of interest can be found in this link:                Outlook-3zrb4vok 


A Note about in-person tours, led by City staff persons:  These will be Optional Socially Distant Tours, in accordance with current Covid public health recommendations

Staff will lead socially distant outdoor tours of the sites during the week of May 10th prior to the workshops. These tours are not essential for participation in the workshops, but will allow you to explore the sites and surrounding areas before we dig into the details at the workshops. Masks will be required for all attendees and social distancing will be practiced.





Changes coming to Alumni Hall (4227 Fifth Ave)

Changes to Alumni Hall   (4227 Fifth):   Pitt is making the Alumni Hall  ADA compliant on Lytton side.   The entrance from Lytton Avenue will be affected and include ramps for wheelchair access.   In addition, there will be 2 planting areas on either side of the steps and 2 light fixtures.   Construction is planned in approximately 16 weeks. Permits are needed and will go through the Historic Review Commision process.  During construction, there will be sidewalk restrictions but no lane closures.

Changes at Bigelow/Bigelow/Bayard Intersection coming

Changes to the stoplight/crosswalk at Bigelow, Bigelow and Bayard intersection are coming.     The goal is to improve safety for pedestrians crossing at the intersection.

Changes will be made in early summer, and include:

  • Designated right and left turn lanes coming down the hill on Bigelow will be clearly marked
  • At lower part of Bigelow (coming down from High School) 3 – 4 parking spaces on the right side of Bigelow will be removed
  • Crosswalk signals will have a leading pedestrian indicator (LPI) which grants pedestrians a 3 second head start over the vehicles. This leads to increased pedestrian visibility and has been shown to decrease vehicle/pedestrian conflicts.

One of our neighbors Mary has worked with Pgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.    We are grateful to her for her insights and work !



O’Hara Street Construction Coming Early May

U Pitt administration has alerted community neighbors, including Schenley Farms, to report on site prep activity concerning the planned demolition of O’Hara Garage.  Work is anticipated to begin during the first week of May.  A map (below in PDF) denotes the streets that trucks will likely be using.   Also there are  available visuals on PDF pages 115-120 of our Institutional Master Plan for all the development scope and size specifics planned for the area.

Potential community impact is outlined below:

  • Full project schedule:
    • O’Hara Garage demolition                             05/03/2021 – 08/04/2021​
    • LRDC Building demolition                             08/05/21 – 01/12/2022​
    • New Recreation Center construction           April 2022 – October 2024
  • 13 metered on-street parking spots will be offline for 3 years from May 2021 through the completion of the new wellness and recreation center
  • All Pitt folks with parking passes in O’Hara garage will be given accommodation elsewhere on campus through Parking and Transportation
  • Parking Lane along O’Hara St will be blocked and lanes re-aligned​
  • Bicycle lanes will be combined with travel lanes​
  • Noise, dust & vibration during demolition activities​
    • Mitigated by work schedule, watering during demolition, selective hand demolition in sensitive areas​. Fully closed site to minimize external disruption
  • Truck traffic hauling debris​
  • New Recreation Center will bring a vibrancy to the O’Hara corridor​
  • “Panther Run” greenspace next to Recreation Center to ascend the Hill​
  • New Accessible path of travel up the Hill through the new Recreation Center​

Further discussion of these plans will be provided at May 20 SFCA Annual Meeting by U Pitt representatives.

View a map, showing proposed truck routes likely to be used:

Hillside Truck Routes


Message from Pgh City Planning, Oakland Steering Committee. Feedback welcomed.

NEW Oakland Plan materials are available for review! The project team and the Plan’s Steering Committee have drafted a vision statement and goals based on over 800 comments from last Fall’s online open house. Thoughts and comments are still invited from interested neighbors:

Also, the Oakland Plan Steering Committee worked with staff to develop a set of interim development goals for projects to address between now and when the plan and related zoning code changes are adopted. These ideas may be of interest to anyone in Schenley Farms.

Message from ….

Derek Dauphin
Senior Planner
City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning
P: 412-255-4897
200 Ross St., 4th Floor

April 15: Free lecture about Historical Herron Hill Pumping Station (New Historical Designation)…. needs reservations

April 15, 2021 6:30 pm
Herron Hill Pumping Station – Talk will be given by Jeff Slack, AICP, Principal of Time & Place Preservation Services. As an accomplished planner and historical researcher who has led preservation projects in the Pittsburgh area for the past fifteen years, Jeff’s work includes documenting the significance of little-known architect William S. Fraser and his design of the Herron Hill Pumping Station in Oakland. Learn more about one of Pittsburgh’s newest landmarks and Pittsburgh’s oldest working water infrastructure!

Presented by ( in collaboration with Bellefield Area Citizens Assn (BACA):
Preservation Pittsburgh
1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 5003
Pittsburgh, PA 15233