WORKSHOPS AND TOURS ARE HOSTED BY CITY PLANNING, OAKLAND STEERING COMMITTEE. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS (AND ESPECIALLY RESIDENTS OF OAKLAND) ARE WELCOMED. Registration is strongly encouraged.
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 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 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 !
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:
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: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/oakland
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 ….
City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning
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):
1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 5003
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
University of Pittsburgh Institutional Update:
The PGH Planning Commission’s public hearing for the Institutional Master Plan is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20. Planning Commission meetings begin at 1pm and are currently being conducted virtually.
Information re attending the hearing virtually via Zoom, providing public comment, and accessing agenda materials once they are published: https://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/planning-commission
Recordings of four public briefings held by U Pitt on February 23, March 9, March 23 and April 6 can be viewed on Pittsburgh City Planning’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/PittsburghCityPlanning/videos
For questions or issues, contact :
Alex J. Toner
Assistant Director of Community Engagement
Office of Community and Governmental Relations
University of Pittsburgh | 710 Alumni Hall | Pittsburgh, PA 15260
O: 412.383.3598 | C: 814.573.9217 | email@example.com
RESIDENTS SHOULD BE SURE THEIR RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT IS RENEWED FOR 2021.
THE SCHENLEY FARMS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS RESTRICTED STREET PARKING. RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO RENEW THEIR PERMITS EACH JANUARY. THERE ARE NO LONGER STICKERS FOR CARS, BUT THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBERS ARE USED TO CHECK.
OVER THE ‘PANDEMIC WINTER’, NEARBY SCHOOLS WERE UNOCCUPIED AND THERE WAS LITTLE ENFORCEMENT OF TICKETS FOR EXTENDED PARKING BY NON-PERMIT HOLDERS. HOWEVER, CITY PARKING OFFICIALS HAVE RECENTLY RETURNED. AND UN-PERMITTED CARS PARKED FOR GREATER THAN ONE HOUR ARE LIKELY TO RECEIVE PARKING TICKETS.
How to renew Resident Parking Permit:
Your Residential Parking Permit expires each January and in order to renew your permit, you need to follow these steps:
Log in to your account at: http://pittsburghrpp.com
Click ‘Renew My RPPs’
Upload required documents to prove your ID and residency (a signed lease or full page version of an electric, gas, or cable/internet bill). All permit holders must upload documents every year to renew their permits.
Upload vehicle registration(s)
Select your choice of permit
Submit for approval.
After you submit your renewal application, staff will review your files. You will receive email confirmation that your permit has been approved and the payment has been processed, or you will receive an email that your application has been rejected and instructions to upload new documents.
Thank you for parking with us!
The PPA Team
Enjoy this clever “Bird Travel advertisement” , put together by interns of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and recorded Oct/Nov 2020.
Many thanks to a local bird expert Kate St. John, who helped so much in designing a crow relocation plan. She writes a daily blog about birds, which is interesting and fun!!
Every winter about 20 – 30 thousand migratory crows invade Pgh, seeking overnight roosting sites. For the past several years, the tall trees of SF streets has been a favorite of the visiting crows. This has caused considerable annoyance, especially the large amount of bird droppings on the ground as well as the raucous cawing in the evenings and early mornings. In 2019, a huge flock of crows arrived around mid-October and stayed until late January. Neighbors, especially along Bigelow Blvd but also near the Parkman wall, all have numerous tales of woe – scraping sidewalks, smelling the odiferous droppings, waking to socially-active boisterous birds preparing to leave for the day.
While crows are amazingly smart and interesting, and very important to the ecological systems, several neighbors decided that perhaps there were ways to encourage them to settle in places other than treasured residential trees. In Feb 2020, a first meeting was held, attending by Pgh City staff, District 8 Councilperson Erika Strassburger, representatives of USDA and members of Pitt and Oakland communities. A plan was prepared, with lots of input from bird-admiring wildlife experts. Our ultimate plan was dubbed CROW: Committee to Re-locate Our Wildlife. Components included distribution of wooden boards useful for clapping noises, pyrotechnic noise makers, small fireworks, and a variety of small efforts (dead bird effigies, lights on buildings; one neighbor spotted a hawk which may have also discouraged bird squatting).
The effort captains were Laura and Shirley, who created a text message blast list. About 18 families volunteered to make noise and sound in the early eveningtide as birds were seeking nighttime accommodation. Crows arrived into the city in the early weeks of November, and a coordinated effort was underway.
AND NOW WE ARE READY TO CLAIM SUCCESS!!!
Certainly crows have been around, and they fly overhead for short periods in the evening and morning. But none spend the nighttime here. Many organizations have collaborated and helped – U Pitt groundskeepers, UPMC (helicopter routes were unhindered), City of Pgh zone 4 police, City staff. What a great neighborhood effort !!! We will stay alert through December and January, but hope that the birds are happy in other quarters !!
board clappers used by Pitt groundkeepers
dead crow effigy on a rooftop (not visible from below)
Neighbor Norm sawing the board clappers given to neighbors