Sunday, October 18, 2015

Planning Commission Hearing - Tuesday, Oct 27 at 2 PM

The City's Planning Commission is voting on the rezoning of the public park from a residential district to a commercial district on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 2 PM. This is the first step in the process to make the park part of the private development and to turn it into a retail street. The public hearing will be held at 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, First Floor Hearing Room.  

Granting such a change would allow the owner of Pennley Park South (known as Penn Plaza Apartments) to use Enright Park as part of his redevelopment. Instead of being filled with basketball games, playing children and picnicking families, under the submitted plan, the park would be paved over and used as a traffic entry to the new residential, retail and commercial development. 

This is your time to tell the City Planning Commission that the timetable for the rezoning of the entire area including both the city park and the Pennley Park development is unreasonably short and provides inadequate opportunity for meaningful resident participation in a planning process. The developer has been planning this project for over a year; the community only came to know of it less than three weeks ago. 

No decision regarding rezoning of public land in the Pennley Park South and Enright Park area should take place until the completion of a comprehensive planning process in which all affected stakeholders have the opportunity to participate. 

If you can PLEASE attend this hearing, Members of the public can give 3 minutes of testimony. Make the voices of East Liberty heard!

If you cannot attend this hearing, you can STILL provide comment that will be considered. HERE is a link to the "commitment form" that allows you to express your opinion. Download it, fill it out, and send it to: 

Department of City Planning, Land Use Control
Attn: File #795 ZCP#783
200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


email it to Corey Layman, the Zoning Administrator at


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