Friday, October 2, 2015

Our Park is at Risk! Private Developer Intends to Convert it to Retail Street

It has been quiet here on the blog for too long, and we are moving into emergency mode. It was announced this past Monday, September 28, 2015, that the Mayor's Office has agreed to deal with a private developer to pursue selling Enright Park to them as part of a negotiation to provide much needed relief to tenants of the Penn Plaza apartments.

The tenants' rights are now established and will not be impacted by what happens to the park. It is time for the community to mobilize to save one of the few remaining fully public parks in East Liberty from being sold to a developer, who intends to build a commercial "pedestrian-friendly" retail street in place of this beloved park.

Yet again, the residents of East Liberty were not consulted in this vision, which drastically impacts all of our quality of life. Yet again, top-down planning have thrown us into reactive modes, rather than working with the residents to form a vision of how their public places should be used.

 Please watch this page for updates. The developer intends to fast-track this deal, and hopes to have ownership of the park in the first quarter of 2016. We have a limited window of time to mobilize and save the park.

We here at Enright Park are here to fight for affordable housing, to fight for public open space, and to fight for an inclusive approach to planning and development throughout the East End and beyond. We may not win every fight, but we intend to win a better East Liberty for EVERYONE, and to help set a new standard self-determination of our communities.

Please stay tuned for updates, and follow us on Facebook at Save Enright Park.

To join our mailing list for upcoming events, actions, and general information, please e-mail us at: enright.park@gmail.com. We will post of upcoming meetings, public hearings, and recommended actions that community members can take.

In the meantime, call or write your councilperson and the Mayor's Office to let them know that public parks are not for sale, and that healthy communities need both parks AND housing that is accessible to all.

Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess: 412-255-2137
reverend.burgess@pittsburghpa.gov

Mayor William Peduto: 412-255-2626
Mayor's Feedback Form 


HOUSING FOR ALL! PARKS FOR ALL!

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