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A laundromat, a restaurant, a dance studio: Ideas for redeveloping the S&R Market site

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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 (katet@rdcollab.com).

The former S&R Market lot redevelopment is starting with community input on what is most needed.Photo by Juliet Martinez

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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 breitbarthm@duq.edu 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 dlampmann@literacypittsburgh.org 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.

Greenway updates

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 barb@nisusbrewing.com for more information.

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The Homepage is a print newspaper delivered monthly to households in Greater Hazelwood, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, New Homestead, Lincoln Place and The Run. Hazelwood Initiative, Inc., a community-based nonprofit, publishes The Homepage through a grant from the City of Pittsburgh and advertising revenue from local businesses and organizations. The mission of Hazelwood Initiative, as a community-based development corporation, is to build a stronger Hazelwood through inclusive community development. Sonya Tilghman, Executive Director of Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. (she/her) Juliet Martinez, Managing Editor of The Homepage (they/them) Sarah Kanar, Layout and Design of The Homepage(she/her)

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