Colteryahn Dairy has been operational for almost 100 years, and today it is the only remaining dairy in the City. Together with Economic Development South, Carrick Community Council, the URA, the Design Center, and Desmone Architects, a plan for a business hub known as the "Dairy District" is taking shape. Read more background information in this South Pittsburgh Reporter piece, and see the design plans that were presented to the community in January 2014 here.
Building New Senior Residences
My office frequently receives calls from families looking for high quality senior-exclusive housing options in Carrick and Overbrook. People want to downsize without leaving the neighborhoods they've known for so many years, but right now there's a shortage of this type of housing. That's why I'm working on two exciting new senior housing developments! We should know more about the timelines of both of these projects shortly.
In Carrick, I'm working with the Community Builders, a non-profit senior housing developer, on a brand new independent living apartment building on the site of the vacant former Giant Eagle. The community builders have purchased the property and are putting together a financing package for the new construction.
In Overbrook, I'm working with locally-owned Valcott Enterprises, Economic Development South, and the NRP Group, the nation's leading developer of multi-unit properties, to renovate the former Overbrook School on Rt. 51. The school will become an assisted living facility with in-house health services. A new independent living complex will be built where the ballfield is now. The campus will include additional parking and a new access bridge to the trolley stop.
Revitalizing our City Parks
South Pittsburgh is special for so many reasons, and one of my favorites is our plentitude of parks and greenspace. Carrick's Phillips Park Community Center underwent a large-scale renovation this year, including a new basketball court floor, a new fitness center with upgraded equipment and the installation of air conditioning! City foresters are also removing sick trees in the park and replacing them with new ones. A collaboration with a landscape architecture student from the Penn State Center has resulted in a brand new design for the entrance to Phillips Park. We have received a commitment from Public Works to move forward with these landscape renovations in 2013. Our Phillips Park staff is amazing, and these gym facilities are FREE to the public--call 412-885-7445 for hours and programs.
Over the past year, I've also set aside city funding for the renovation of the newly renamed Accamando Center of Overbrook (the former Rt. 51 firehouse), which acts as the local hub for the Pittsburgh Boxing Club, South Pittsburgh community councils and the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society. We've also worked with local foundations to fund a community garden next to the center called "Firehouse Farms."
In addition, I've worked with the administration to commit funding in the 2013 budget for a spruce-up of Leolyn Parklet. Look for this work to take place in the spring and summer of 2013!