Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Community Meeting Number One: Update

Thank you to everyone who made it out tonight, and thank you especially to the staff of Eastminster Church for making sure that the hall was open for the community meeting.

Turn out was fantastic. There were at least 150 people there, although I put it closer to 200. Thank you to the City's Planning Department for doing a very careful and methodical job walking through the process to date, and for helping to (we think) allay some fears that people have that this is a "rubber stamp" process.

This process is going to unfold over a number of weeks, if not months. There will be lots and lots of time and opportunities to comment on the plan, to get comments to Planning Commission, to make voices heard.
a full house at Eastminster Church tonight

We hope to have meeting notes from the City that we can share, and will provide links to other documentation as well.

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the meetings:

April 3, 2018, 1 PM Planning Commission Briefing.  200 Ross Street. Note that this meeting is informational only, not a chance for the public to speak or ask questions. However, briefings ARE a good time to listen to the questions that the Planning Commission members ask and gain insight into what their concerns about a project may be.

April 16, 2018 from 6 - 8 PM at Eastminster Church - Community meeting for comment on the RAPLDP.

We are advocating for additional meetings to discuss the bigger picture of affordable housing, East Liberty, and surrounding areas. This is a conversation that has to keep happening, regardless of the progress/proposal/development on this site. We can't let things happen to the neighborhood, we have to be shaping it. Please speak up and keep advocating for a #CommunityforAll.

For more information on the current proposal for the Penn Plaza site, please visit the City's website here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/projects/pps/index.html




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