Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fwd: Public Hearing on Zoning Change for Strip District on Sept. 25th at 1 pm

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From: Melissa McSwigan
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Subject: Public Hearing on Zoning Change for Strip District on Sept. 25th at 1 pm
To: Melissa McSwigan <melissamiller28@yahoo.com>

Public Hearing on Zoning Change for Strip District as it Relates to City and Buncher Company Development: Tuesday, September 25 at 1 P.M. in City Council Chambers
Councilman Daniel Lavelle has proposed legislation to introduce a new Specially Planned (SP) District at the site to be identified as "SP-8/Riverfront Landing" (Bill No. 2012-0606). The legislation will be discussed by City Council at a Post Agenda Meeting on Monday, September 24 at 1:00 P.M in Council Chambers.  The public is welcome to attend, but cannot speak at this meeting.  The next day there will be a public hearing on Tuesday, September 25 at 1:00 P.M in Council Chambers (5th floor of City-County building). Councilman Patrick Dowd will be continuing to hold the TIFF legislation until after the SP District is sorted out.
The City and Buncher's plans for the Strip District have been in the news a lot over the summer. Many different groups, individuals, and members of City Council have taken issue with various aspects of the development (environmental, economic, historic preservation, how it will affect existing business owners and the spirit of the Strip District).  Preservation Pittsburgh has been following the project especially as it relates to the historic Produce Terminal Building and new building design. We have met with representatives from Buncher and the project architects and have expressed our concerns. We are hoping for a good turn out on the 25th – please attend if you can!  Council may take a vote on this zoning change as soon as the day after the public hearing. This hearing may be the only chance to help shape the project or voice any concerns. It may also set a precedent for future development.
Note: If you would like to speak at the public hearing on Tuesday, September 25th, please call the City Clerk at 412.255.2138. You will be provided three minutes to speak. If you don't register in advance and decide that you want to speak while at the meeting, you are only allowed one minute to speak.
For a succinct opinion piece from the Post-Gazette:

Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com    
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Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

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