Highlights of the Nov. 9 Hazelwood Initiative Inc. community meeting
By Juliet Martinez
Apartments, a gym and a gas station. These and many more ideas for redeveloping the former S&R Market site came up at the November 9 Hazelwood Initiative [HI] community meeting.
HI owns the site, now a parking lot across from Rite Aid on Second Avenue. It has engaged an architecture firm and formed a steering committee of residents for the redevelopment. Architect Kate Tunney asked for suggestions.
Meeting participants discussed the need for both a grocery store and a laundromat. HI executive director Sonya Tilghman said HI supports efforts to build a co-op grocery store on the 4800 block of Second Avenue. Residents said the commercial spaces should be active throughout the day and evening. For example, a gym could also host physical therapists, as well as space for a yoga or dance studio.
To offer ideas for the former S&R Market site, email Ms. Tunney (email@example.com).
Duquesne University Bridges to Health program
The Bridges to Health program sends community health workers to residents' homes. They help with asthma, diabetes, stopping smoking, high blood pressure and diseases of the heart and lungs. They problem-solve so people can get to appointments and take their medications. They also have food and utility assistance resources. Contact Health & Wellness Coordinator Marla Breitbarth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-423-6170 for information.
Literacy Pittsburgh construction trades program
TradeUP offers paid training, free GED classes, paid GED test fees and a construction trades pre-apprenticeship class. Participants must be 18 years or older and eligible to work in the USA. They need a social security card and valid Pennsylvania driver's license. They must be willing to submit a background check and drug screening. Contact Daniel Lampmann at email@example.com or 412-350-9920 for information.
New school board representative Tracey Reed
Outgoing 5th district school board representative, Terry Kennedy, introduced her successor, Tracey Reed. “I'm thrilled to have Tracey succeed me,” Ms. Kennedy said. Ms. Reed said she looks forward to serving the community. She said she will attend future community meetings.
HI director of community initiatives, Tiffany Taulton, said in November Landforce, Tree Pittsburgh and volunteers planted 173 trees. Big thanks to all the volunteers! She said the Greenway trail is much nicer, with less trash and Japanese honeysuckle. The fast-growing trees will shade out the knotweed, but the goats will still probably need to come back next summer. The new plantings will guide people to the left where the new trail is. Picnic tables and benches are coming soon.
Proposed brewery on Irvine Avenue
Hazel Grove Brewing, a craft brewery, may open at 4605 Irvine Avenue. The plan is to brew craft beers onsite, serve food in a family atmosphere and close by 10 p.m. most nights. The owners want to hire neighborhood workers and partner with community groups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.