The Urban Redevelopment Authority recently issued a Request for Proposals to redevelop the historic Hunt Armory located at 324 Emerson Street in Shadyside. In order to keep members of the community up-to-date on the project, the District 8 office created a website where residents can learn about the building and its history, check for updates, and take a survey to voice their thoughts and ideas.
Councilman Gilman introduced and passed legislation that prohibits perpetrators of illegal dumping from bidding on or participating in City contracts. Pittsburgh has 440 known dump sites—more than any other municipality in Allegheny County. Councilman Gilman's legislation bans any person(s) caught dumping illegally from bidding on or participating in any City contracts for a maximum of three years.
Councilman Gilman assisted the school with approvals and permit licensing for the Ellis School’s first regulation-sized athletic field. The 72,600 square foot field hosts field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer games.
Tree Tender Porch Party
In partnership with TreeVitalize and Tree Pittsburgh, Councilman Gilman hosted a Porch Party, bringing the community together to learn more about proper tree planting techniques and how Shadyside can benefit from more street trees.
A New Canine Joins the Pittsburgh Police Force
Following the tragic death of beloved K-9 dog Rocco, locally-owned security company AM-GARD donated a new dog to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police with the support of Councilman Gilman. The new dog Ari, a 16-month old German shepherd, is currently undergoing training to detect explosives and will soon join the force.
District 8 Schools Meeting
Councilman Gilman organized the first-ever meeting of Pittsburgh District 8 schools during which principals from various schools in the district and representatives from the Pittsburgh Police Department to discuss how to better coordinate education and public safety in our neighborhood schools.
Along with Mayor Peduto, Councilman Gilman requested that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission change its rules to allow the popular ridesharing services, Lyft and Uber, to operate within the City in order to improve the transportation services for our citizens.
CMU University Center Expansion & Tepper Quadrangle
Councilman Gilman is coordinating with Carnegie Mellon University to help facilitate the expansion of the University Center. The building, along with a new home for CMU’s Tepper School of Business, will be located within the new, sprawling Tepper Quadrangle along Forbes Avenue. The development is expected to be completed in 2016.
Shadyside will receive major infrastructure improvements this year. People’s Gas will replace gas lines while Duquesne Light will improve street lights. Additionally, the PWSA will begin replacing the 100-year old water lines underneath Ellsworth Avenue. The projects are expected to be completed by this fall.
Traffic Light Re-Signalization on the Baum-Centre Corridor
In conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, Mayor Peduto and Councilwoman Gross, Councilman Gilman is helping to modernize the signals in the Baum-Centre Corridor in an effort to improve traffic safety, mitigate traffic during morning and evening rush hours and reduce carbon emissions. The new system automatically detects changes in traffic flow and adjusts the timing of the lights accordingly. Modern signals already deployed at other intersections throughout the City have already reduced wait times, travel times and carbon emissions by at least 20%.
Councilman Gilman is working closely with community groups to ensure that a proposed vertical expansion of the Whole Foods store in East Liberty receives proper support from the residents of the community.
Councilman Gilman was on-hand as the Elmhurst Group broke ground on 105,000 square feet of class A commercial office space on the former location of a church parking lot at the corner of Bigelow and Bayard Street. The seven-story building is expected to be completed by March 2015.
East Liberty Transportation Center
The $2.3 billion East Liberty Transit Center project is proceeding according to schedule. The project will include major renovations to the Busway, reconstruction of the intersection of Penn and Shady Avenues, improved access from the East Liberty neighborhood via a pedestrian bridge, a new landscaped entry plaza and protected bicycle parking. The upgraded transit center will provide East End residents with over 800 daily uninterrupted trips to and from Downtown Pittsburgh. Additionally, the project will connect new commercial and residential development already underway along Centre Avenue to the enhanced transit center.
Schenley High School Repurposing
The historic Schenley High School, after being shut down in 2008, is now being converted into luxury apartments in Pittsburgh’s North Oakland neighborhood. The development will feature 173 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, 125 parking spaces, and bicycle parking.
Bakery Square 2 Development
The next phase of the Bakery Square development is well underway. Located directly across Penn Avenue from the former Nabisco plant that was repurposed into a popular commercial, shopping and dining complex will be additional office space and new residential development. A glass skyway bridge across Penn Avenue will connect a 217,000 square foot, LEED certified office building to Google Pittsburgh’s main offices, allowing for an expansion of Google’s presence in Pittsburgh. Additionally, Bakery Living, a 175-unit residential structure containing 1 and 2-bedroom apartments as well as micros and studios, recently opened behind the office building.