Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) is starting the summer off with a flurry of informational meetings spreading the word about plans for the first Community Land Trust in the City of Pittsburgh and mixed-income, mixed-use rentals in Doughboy Square.
Since 2010 we have partnered with our sister organization Lawrenceville United to build a cooperative and responsive community process reflecting the interests and needs of neighborhood residents and stakeholders. Between block watch gatherings, strategy sessions disclosing the numerous development projects, and responsible hospitality meetings regarding liquor license transfers—there is a meeting just about every week in our rapidly changing neighborhood where people get a say in shaping its future.
Over the course of the past three years one of the top resident concerns we’ve heard through various channels has been the availability of affordable housing options. The community-driven 10th Ward Vision Plan, completed in 2013 by EvolveEA Architecture + Planning, provided a clear mandate for LC to work in earnest to create and expand “Housing for All.”
To do that LC is developing two different projects —one the Lawrenceville Community Land Trust, (CLT15201) in the 10th Ward creates affordable home ownership and another for mixed-income commercial and residential leases in Dough Boy Square.
The Lawrenceville Community Land Trust is the first of its kind in the City of Pittsburgh. This seven house development will create permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for moderate income families by separating the value of the land from the value of the home.
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative is the architect leading our design work on these homes.
You can follow our progress on all things CLT at lvpgh.com/clt.
Mixed Income, Mixed Use in Lower Lawrenceville
The new developments in Dough Boy Square are still in preliminary planning stages. Our goal is to create a mixed-income, mixed-use development at 3400-3404 and 3330-3350 Penn Avenue in Lower Lawrenceville. LC is hopeful this project will create affordable residential rentals nested above first floor retail spaces to activate and enliven the street-level. 4080 Architecture and Studio for Spatial Practice are leading our community design process.
If you’d like more information about either of these projects or want to be involved in the planning and design process, information on our next community meetings is below. These meetings are open to everyone and we hope to see you there!
OK, Great! So what’s next?
Community input is essential to creating a project that addresses the top concerns in the neighborhood. LC has heard the problems, has established a process to address the issues, and needs the neighborhood to speak up and help build a more equitable future for all. Please join us for the following meetings and bring a friend and neighbor along with you.
Have questions? Check out our new FAQ page to learn the definition of affordable housing and who is eligible for these unique opportunities. You can also contact Ed Nusser at 412-621-1616 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there!