Council District 6
Black Elected Officials Coalition Calls for Peace and Justice

The Black Elected Officials Coalition, comprised of State Reps Gainey and Wheatley, Councilpersons Lavelle and Burgess, and County Councilman Dewitt Walton, announced an agreement to work together to hold a series of community meetings to improve police-community relations.

Affordable Housing Task Force Releases Report of Recommendations

The Affordable Housing Task Force has completed its 45 page report of recommendations to address the issues connected to housing affordability and availability in the City of Pittsburgh. It has been released to the Mayor's Office and to City Council. To access a copy of the report, click here.

Public Launch of Uptown Eco-Innovation District Draws Hundreds

The public launch of Uptown's Eco-Innovation District invited residents and stakeholders to meet the consultant team, Interface Studios, to share their thoughts on a vision for an equitable and sustainable development plan for Uptown.  For more information on the Eco District, please click here.

Councilman Lavelle Introduces Legislation Addressing Issue of Affordable Housing

Councilman Lavelle and Councilman Ricky Burgess introduced 2 pieces of legislation aimed at addressing the issue of affordable housing in Pittsburgh. The "Source of Income" bill would make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants that use housing vouchers, and the "Affordable Housing Impact Statement" would require developers to submit a statement on the impact their proposed developments will have on affordable housing options. 

Ceremonial Groundbreaking of Lower Hill 28 Acres Site

Councilman Lavelle, joined by political leaders from the State, County and City, participated in the groundbreaking for the first phase of infrastructure development of the Lower Hill District's 28 acre development site. Thanking residents and community activists for their work in advocating on behalf of the Hill and the City's best interests, the Councilman optimistically pointed to the transformative potential of the project.

Welcome to Council District 6!
Public Hearing Scheduled on Noise Code Amendments for February 14
In response to increasing complaints from Downtown residents about overnight construction noise, Councilman Lavelle has been working with the City Planning Department on legislation that would limit heavy impact construction between the hours of 8am-6pm. The amendment to City Code is part of an overhaul of the Noise Code that is currently under consideration by Council. 
A Public Hearing on the noise code amendments has been scheduled for February 14 at 1:30pm in Council Chambers. This is an opportunity for citizens to come speak to Council on the proposed changes to the noise code. Those who register in advance to speak get 3 minutes, while those who show up to speak without registering get 1 minute. To register, contact the City Clerk office at 412-255-2142.
For a copy of the ordinance, click here
posted 1/27/17 @ 12:00 am
Council Passes Housing Opportunity Fund
Councilman Lavelle legislated the creation of a Housing Opportunity Fund for the city of Pittsburgh. The ordinance requires the city to set aside a minimum of $10 million each year for the creation and preservation of affordable housing. The fund will help stabilize and foster mixed-income neighborhoods, encouraging newcomers and helping long-timers stay put amid higher property values, taxes and market pressures. Aid offerings could include down-payment assistance, home rehabilitation and foreclosure prevention.
To access a copy of the legislation, click here
posted 12/20/16 @ 12:00 am
COTERIE Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh is honored and excited to welcome COTERIE to the penthouse of the Frick Building. COTERIE is Pittsburgh's first female focused coworking space, and they hosted a grand opening ceremony on December 12 to celebrate the occasion. The number of women owned firms has grown at a rate of 1.5 times the national average. Women of color are also the fastest growing entrepreneurs in the nation, starting businesses at six times the national average. These figures point to the critical importance for Pittsburgh to invest in our women-owned businesses. COTERIE is a welcome addition to the Pittsburgh community, as it provides a supportive community for women professionals seeking a space to work, collaborate and connect with peers.

posted 12/12/16 @ 12:00 am
Councilman Lavelle and Mayor Peduto Have Lunch Downtown to Highlight Independent Restaurants and Retailers

In an effort to support independent restaurants and retailers, Mayor Bill Peduto, City Councilman Daniel Lavelle, and Pittsburgh downtown Partnership President and CEO Jeremy Waldrup met for lunch at Shab’s Mediterranean Grill, on October 28th 2016.

Shab’s Mediterranean Grill is a new family owned business located on Forbes Ave. Originally, the Saba family opened a restaurant in Harrisburg in 1989. This year, they moved their enterprise to Pittsburgh.

During the meeting, the group discussed the health of the restaurant and retail environment in Downtown. Councilman Lavelle and Mayor Peduto thanked Mr. Shaba, owner of Shab's Grill, for opening his business in Downtown Pittsburgh and adding to the vibrancy of Pittsburgh. It is thanks to businesses such as his that Pittsburgh has developed and continues to develope its unique character.

posted 11/01/16 @ 12:00 am
Civil War Soldier's Monument Rededication Ceremony

The City recently completed its restoration of the Civil War Soldiers Monument in the West Commons near Lake Elizabeth, along with repairs to the George Washington and Tom Armstrong statues.

The 1871 Civil War Soldiers Monument, topped with a statue of Fame, honors 4,000 Civil War dead from Allegheny County. Newly restored, it was officially rededicated by the City of Pittsburgh along with Korean and Vietnam-era veterans, Civil War Re-enactors and a traditional musical tribute on Friday, October 14 at 11 a.m. 

The rededication closely followed the 1901 edition of the Grand Army of the Republic’s Protocols for monument ceremonies. Commonly referred to as the GAR, the organization of Union Veterans of the Civil War participated in countless monument dedications in the decades following that conflict.

In May of this year, stone carver Wayne Ferree began the first of the 160 hours it would take to restore 11-foot-tall Fame, which was damaged by a lighting strike in 2006. Additional repairs to the column, identified when the scaffolding was erected and permitted closer inspection, threatened to derail the project, but a grant from the McGinley Family Foundation covered the added cost. The project was overseen by the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works, Department of City Planning and Graciano Corporation.


posted 10/17/16 @ 12:00 am

Johnny Angel has been in the music and entertainment industry for over 45 years. Throughout that time he has played with and met legendary musicians like James Brown and The Temptations. Since the 1950's he has been collecting music memorabilia from his encounters and gigs, which he has now assembled to share with the public at the newly opened Johnny Angel's Ginchy Suff and Museum in the Manchester neighborhood of the Northside. The museum, located at 1800 Preble Street, is open to the public. 

posted 9/16/16 @ 12:00 am
HUD Awards $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Grant to Pittsburgh

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $500,000 to the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the City of Pittsburgh and the Bedford Dwellings community to stimulate affordable housing and economic development in the Hill District. The grant, one of 10 awards totaling $8 million funded through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, will help local leaders to craft a comprehensive, homegrown plan to revitalize and transform this neighborhood.
Part of the Obama Administration’s effort to build Ladders of Opportunity to the middle class, HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative promotes a comprehensive approach to transforming neighborhoods struggling to address the interconnected challenges of distressed housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack of capital.  
The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant will support the drafting of a transformation plan to revitalize Bedford Dwellings and the surrounding neighborhood. The goal is to create a revitalized neighborhood, fully integrated economically, socially and culturally into the fabric of the City of Pittsburgh.

Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

  • Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
  • People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families.
  • Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families' choices about their community.

In addition, Planning and Action Grant funds will also enable activities including:

  • Reclaiming and recycling vacant property into community gardens, pocket parks, farmers’ markets, or land banking.
  • Beautification, place making, and community arts projects.
  • Homeowner and business façade improvement programs.
  • Neighborhood broadband/Wi-Fi.
  • Fresh food initiatives.
  • Gap financing for economic development projects.
posted 6/29/16 @ 12:00 am

At a Press Conference held on June 21st in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood of the Northside, the office of Councilman Lavelle joined residents and community partners to announce their support for the creation of a Housing Opportunity Fund. The Fund was one of the recommendations of the recently completed report from the Affordable Housing Task Force to address the growing need for affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh. The goal of the fund would be to raise a minimum of $10 million dollars annually to support the creation of new affordable housing, rental assistance or rental rehab, and create as many as 6,840 affordable units over the course of 10 years.  

In addition to the announcement of support for the fund, the press conference served as the launch of a ballot initiative campaign to raise revenue for the fund from a one time point of sale 1 percent realty-transfer tax. To sign the petition in support of a November ballot initiative to support the fund via the realty-transfer tax, click here.

posted 6/21/16 @ 12:00 am

The City of Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Task Force submitted its 45-page list of findings and recommendations for addressing housing issues citywide to Mayor Peduto and Pittsburgh City Council.

“Many factors affect housing affordability, from historical policies and current market trends, but by leveraging the energy of the current market and strengthening existing partnerships and programs, we believe our solutions can effectively alleviate housing instability in our city over time,” the report states. “Pittsburgh is a city that can get this right.”

The Affordable Housing Task Force was created per legislation sponsored by Councilman Lavelle in February 2015. It was co-chaired by Councilman Lavelle and City Planning Director Raymond Gastil.

"I am grateful to everyone who participated in the process to produce this report, as a lot of hours and thoughtful discussion went into its production," said Councilman Lavelle. "Now, the most important work lays before us. City Council must act to ensure that all Pittsburghers have access to quality affordable housing, and that all of our neighborhoods are stabilized and benefit from Pittsburgh's new investment and growth. One of the biggest challenges we face is dedicating the necessary financial resources to support the efforts recommended in the report."

Housing issues differ neighborhood to neighborhood, with some Pittsburgh communities facing a shortage of affordable units and others harboring plentiful housing stock. In that light, the Task Force adopted three general goals in developing its recommendations:

  • Respect and stabilize existing communities
  • Create quality affordable housing opportunities
  • Maximize the impact of resources by ensuring lasting affordability

The findings and recommendations followed months of weekly and biweekly meetings and five community engagement meetings citywide. The recommendations include, but are not limited to, calls for the following:

  • Establishment of a citywide Affordable Housing Trust Fund, with an initial goal of raising $10 million annually to to build upon and expand existing housing programs and resources
  • Increased Utilization of the 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit, an underused tool that should be further used to expand its utilization in mixed-income projects, the preservation of existing affordable housing, and the rehabilitation of existing housing stock
  • Adopting tools to increase the development of mixed-income communities, which could include: Prioritizing the inclusion of affordable housing on all developments throughout the City of 25 units or greater that receive public benefits, including but not limited to tax abatements, TIF, height and density bonuses; and creating standard criteria for Affordable Housing Opportunity Overlay zones for the strongest markets for new market-rate housing development that would require inclusion of affordable units
  • Preserving existing affordable housing, including 15,000 deed- or income-restricted affordable housing as well as naturally occurring affordable housing spread across the City, noting that the costs of preserving a unit are on average significantly less than the costs of building a new one.
  • Protecting existing homeowners and tenants citywide through efforts including controls over reassessment spikes; the Rental Registration ordinance; just cause eviction protections and notification requirements for tenants of developments receiving direct public subsidy.
  • More comprehensive studies to analyze the feasibility and implementation of the recommendations

A copy of the full Affordable Housing Task Force report is available here.

posted 6/01/16 @ 12:00 am
Councilman Participates on Panel at PCRG Community Development Summit

Councilman Lavelle served as one of the panelists on Affordable Housing & Equity at PCRG's Community Development Summit. Given the Councilman's role as one of the Chair's of the Affordable Housing Task Force, the Councilman spoke to attendees on how the Task Force was formed, the work of the Task Force so far, and provdided an overview of the preliminary recommendations from the Task Force that will be going into the final report, due at the end of May.

The annual PCRG Community Development Summit, which took place from May 17 -May 18, featured a series of panel discussions, breakout sessions, and work-group sessions on topics connected to the broader issue of affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh.

posted 5/23/16 @ 12:00 am
Final Community Meeting Held for Hill District Housing Strategy

The work to complete the Hill District Housing Strategy nears its final stages. A final community meeting, hosted by the consultants working on the report, was held at the Kaufmann Center in the Hill District. The meeting featured a presentation with a list of strategies targeting the Lower Hill, Middle Hill and Upper Hill on the issue of Affordable Housing. It was an opportunity for the community to provide the consultants with initial feedback on the recommended strategies. This feedback will then be used to provide a series of site specific, detailed recommendations to address the issues surrounding the provision and availability of affordable housing options in the Greater Hill District.

posted 5/20/16 @ 12:00 am
Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank Empty Bowls Dinner

On Saturday, March 20th, Councilman Lavelle joined community members and leaders across Pittsburgh to serve at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank's 21st Annual Empty Bowls dinner held in Rodef Shalom Congregation. This fundraiser event, co-hosted with Just Harvest, rose awareness of the one in seven members of our community who face hunger. The simple meal of bread and soup was symbolic. The family-friendly atmosphere featured beautiful handmade bowls for guests, community celebrity-servers, games and a silent ceramic art auction.

posted 3/30/16 @ 10:30 am
Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project Hosts Community Meet & Greet with Councilman Lavelle

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) hosted a community meet and greet with Councilman Lavelle in the historic August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Councilman Lavelle discussed developments in District 6 with emphasis on promoting diversity, inclusion, and creation of jobs and opportunity. These issues are of importance not only to District 6 but also Pittsburgh at large.

About 20 community members attended the insightful and open discussion. After hearing Councilman Lavelle's vision and plans, individuals asked their own questions. The conversation covered development of the 28-acre Lower Hill site, Downtown's growth, Uptown Eco Innovation District, and housing and workforce development.

This event was part of PUMP's monthly meet and greets with each City Councilmember in a different location in their district. The next event is on Thursday, March 10, 2016 with District 1 Councilwoman Darlene M. Harris from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in Bistro to Go on 415 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

posted 2/24/16 @ 12:00 pm
Downtown CDC Hosts Downtown Developers Forum

On Wednesday, January 20, the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation (PDCDC) hosted a Developers Forum. The panelists were Ray Gastil, Director of City Planning, City of Pittsburgh, Lucas Piatt, Millcraft Investments, Todd Reidbord, Walnut Capital, Herky Pollock, CBRE, and Randy Mineo, Core Realty. The forum was moderated by the PDCDC’s Executive Director, John Valentine. Downtown is a rapidly changing urban center of the City of Pittsburgh. Panelists discussed plans to make Downtown more residential, increase retail, and continue engaging citizens of Pittsburgh with improved cultural, food, and gathering options.

During the discussion, panelists pointed to Downtown’s growing residential population as a sign of its strength. There are currently 34 units available for purchase, and the value of real estate continues to appreciate. The challenge, as noted by City Planning Director Ray Gastil, is to make Downtown accessible to people of all income levels, and to work to diversify the population.

Also discussed was the transformation of retail in the Golden Triangle. The large department stores that once formed the backbone of Downtown retail may be gone, but the potential remains to create a strong urban shopping district comprised of smaller, one-of-a-kind boutique stores. Mr. Mineo stated that his goal is to bring millennials to Downtown with new retail in the Macy’s building.  

posted 2/05/16 @ 12:00 am
City Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

On December 16, 2015, Pittsburgh City Council, in a 5-2 preliminary vote, recommended passing ordinance 2015-2245, known as the Marijuana Decriminalization Bill. Final vote on the passage of this ordinance is scheduled for Monday, December 21, 2015. 

Other cities have passed similar legislation, and Pittsburgh is following suit. In 2012 the City of Chicago moved to decriminalize small amounts allowing police to issue tickets instead of making an arrest. In 2014 Washington D.C. passed a similar ordinance providing for a $25.00 fine for possession of a small amount. 

The City of Pittsburgh Police Department and the Office of the District Attorney of Allegheny County have regularly and routinely reduced all “small amount”/minor marijuana possession charges to a summary offense with the payment of a fine. If passed, this legislation will give Pittsburgh police officers the discretion to issue a ticket for possession of small amounts of marijuana, rather than charging an individual with a misdemeanor criminal offense for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or eight grams of hashish. The intent of this law is two-fold:

·        To eliminate the drain on the local criminal justice system.

·        To reduce the loss of employment and housing opportunities associated with a criminal conviction for a cannibas possessory offense.

Within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this Ordinance, the City of Pittsburgh Police Department will be required to enact policies consistent with the intent of City Council. This law, if passed, does not legalize marijuana in the City of Pittsburgh. 

posted 12/18/15 @ 12:00 am
Freedom Corner Receives Updates

Freedom Corner is a historic fixture in the city of Pittsburgh and a continued symbol of our fight for civil rights and social justice. For the past year Councilman Lavelle has worked to ensure that proper funding was allocated for the maintenance and upkeep of Freedom Corner. Working closely with the Department of Public Works, we are pleased to announce the completion of a first phase of repairs to the lighting and masonry of Freedom Corner.

In addition, the Councilman continues to oversee the Freedom Corner Committee, which was put together to both fundraise for maintenance and technology upgrades, as well as create the process for soliciting new names of local civil rights heroes to be added to the monument.


posted 11/12/15 @ 12:00 am
Councilman Lavelle Introduces Legislation Aimed at Addressing Affordable Housing Issue in Pittsburgh

Councilman Lavelle, together with Councilman Ricky Burgess, introduced today 2 pieces of legislation aimed at addressing the growing need for affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh: a bill that makes it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on their source of income, and a bill that requires developers to provide an “Affordable Housing Impact Statement” with their development plans.  

In many housing markets, one of the key ways housing is provided to low-income tenants is through a housing subsidy, the most well known of which is the Section 8 voucher program. Unfortunately, voucher holders often face blatant discrimination in their housing search. The Housing Authority reports that 41% of low-income people who were issued vouchers had to return them unused, in part due to landlords unwilling to accept them.

With the “Source of Income” bill, landlords will be prohibited from discriminating against tenants who use vouchers to pay their rent. Such discrimination makes it increasingly difficult for voucher recipients to use their vouchers, a loophole that the bill would effectively close once and for all. To access a copy of the proposed bill, click here.

In addition to the “Source of Income” bill, the “Affordable Housing Impact Statement” legislation is intended to keep council members informed of the impact new developments will have on the affordable housing stock in Pittsburgh. The legislation would require developers to submit with their development plans an analysis of how their proposed projects will impact the creation and/or preservation of affordable housing. To access a copy of the proposed bill, click here.

These measures will create 2 additional tools for the toolkit aimed at ensuring housing options within the City of Pittsburgh for people of all income levels. As these pieces of legislation move through Council, Councilman Lavelle will continue looking into innovative ways of increasing the options of affordable housing for the residents of Pittsburgh. 


posted 9/29/15 @ 12:00 am
Councilman Joins Healthworkers in Support of Workers' Rights

Councilman Lavelle joined his colleagues on Tuesday August 4th at a rally for Pittsburgh Hospital Workings Rising. The councilman attended to reaffirm his commitment to the basic requirements of employment, healthcare access, the right to join a union, and a 15 dollar minimum wage. Across the country cities are taking steps to cement these goals. Pittsburgh is a city beginning to move down that path. It is a city where our largest industry is health care. Now the city intends to continue that forward momentum by lifting our city’s largest industry, which in turn will lift our entire city.

The Allegheny Health Network has recently taken a big step in this direction by respecting workers’ rights to form their own unions. Pittsburgh City Council stands firmly and proudly behind the hospital workers who marched this summer for those rights. The councilman and city intend to do everything in their power to ensure that these institutions are fulfilling their role as community partners.

posted 8/05/15 @ 12:00 am
Council Approves Overhaul of Noise Ordinance

City Council has given final approval to an overhaul of the City’s Noise Control Ordinance. The original noise ordinance was first established 24 years ago. Under the new guidelines, Pittsburgh Police officers will be able to issue a citation to a noise infraction without taking an official decibel level. The Bureau’s current meters for measuring sound decibels are outdated and the city will seek bids for replacement.

The new ordinance will extend noise protection to District Six residents who live in commercially zoned areas like downtown and some areas of Oakland. This proivdes the residents of some of our city’s fastest growing communities relief from obstructive sound during reasonable hours. The ordinance is broken primarily into two time zones, Daytime 7 AM-10PM and Nighttime 10PM-7AM. The new ordinances do come with exemptions available for those who apply for the appropriate permits through the Special Events Committee in the Office of the Mayor.  

To review the ordinance, please click here.

posted 8/03/15 @ 12:00 am

With site preparations well underway in the 28 acres site of the Lower Hill District, the first phase of infrastructure development is scheduled to begin in the fall of this year. This will involve the construction of the major roadways that will form the street grid of the Lower Hill site.

Along with the extension of Wylie Ave into Downtown, phase I will involve the development of 2 new north-south roadways that will intersect Wylie and connect Bedford Ave to Centre Ave. Construction on these roadways cannot begin until the new roadways are officially named. With technical assistance being provided by the Department of City Planning, our office reaches out to you, as a resident of the Hill District and/or representative of a Hill based organization, to assist in the selection of names for Street # 1 and Street # 2.

Attached to this message is a presentation prepared by the Department of City Planning offering 2 suggestions for the naming of these streets which you can access here. Both options are based on the original street grid of the Lower Hill District, and use the historical street names that existed on the site before the construction of the Civic Arena.

Option # 1: Logan St and Fullerton St
-In the original Lower Hill street grid, these were the 2 most prominent north-south bound streets.
-The intersection of Fullerton and Wiley used to be known as the “Crossroads of the World”. This option would therefore pay homage to the historic significance of that intersection.
-The new streets would not be in the exact same location as the historical Logan and Fullerton St.

Option # 2: Elm St/Congress St and Logan St
-The new Logan St would be almost exactly in the same location as the original Logan St.
-With this option, there would be no Fullerton-Wylie intersection to honor the historically termed “Crossroads of the World”.

In addition to the above options, our office will be taking suggestions for street names from the community at large. As nominations are compiled, and after they are vetted by the City Planning Department to ensure they are not duplicate names of existing streets and meet other street naming requirements defined in the city code, our office will provide the top 3 names to City Planning’s Street Naming Committee for review.

The process will therefore work as follows:

Step 1: Office of District 6 compiles naming suggestions from the Hill District Community.

Step 2: City Planning assists the District 6 office in determining which naming suggestions meet the street naming requirements defined in the city code.

Step 3: The top 3 community naming suggestions will be forwarded to the Department of City Planning’s Street Naming Committee, the city entity in charge of providing naming recommendations for City Council.

Step 4: City Council receives the naming recommendations from the Street Naming Committee and votes on the recommendations.

To submit a street naming suggestion, please contact the district office by July 13th:                
               Phone: 412-255-2134
               Fax: 412-255-0737
               Mail: Office of District 6
                         414 Grant St
                         Pittsburgh, PA 15219

posted 6/30/15 @ 12:00 am

Councilman Lavelle was interviewed on the Union Edge radio show on Monday, June 8th.  Among the topics discussed were the redevelopment of the Lower Hill District 28 acres site, the CCIP agreement between the community, the Pens and the City that sets the social and economic goals for the development, and the potential of the site to empower the minority and low income communities in the Hill and the Greater Pittsburgh region. 

To listen to the interview, click here.

posted 6/09/15 @ 12:00 am

The District 6 office has prepared a spring Update newsletter to better inform you of what is happening throughout the district. The Spring Update provides details about the Lower Hill Redevelopment, Affordable Housing, neighborhood updates, and information on other projects and events occurring in the District.

To access a copy of the spring newsletter, click here.  

posted 5/19/15 @ 12:00 am
Councilman Lavelle Speaks as Panelist on Conversation About Police Community Relations

Councilman Lavelle recently sat in on a panel with the RAND Corporation to discuss issues and policies surrounding the police and communities.  The conversation, Strengthening Police-Community Trust, also included Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay and RAND Director of Safety and Justice, Brian Jackson. To listen to the discussion, click here.

posted 5/15/15 @ 12:00 am
Councilman Lavelle Attends Ribbon Cutting of Skyline Terrace

With sweeping views of Downtown Pittsburgh spread over 50 acres, the Hill District's Addison Terrace was a product of its time. With many units dating to the 1940’s, over the last 60 years the cluster of tight barrack style row houses had far outlived their useful lives. Cramped and small without many community amenities, the replacement of this complex was long overdue. On May 14, after years of talks and redevelopment, the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first phase of the new Skyline Terrace took place.

Now named for the skyline it views, Skyline Terrace was the largest award to a minority business in the history of the City of Pittsburgh. When completed, the $160 million project will encompass 400 units with significant upgrades to public utilities and streets. Phase 1 consists of 186 mixed income units ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms. Just as significant as the bricks and mortar is the social aspect of the redevelopment, with 53% minority and women owned business participation in the construction of the project, $27 million awarded in contracts to minority and women owned firms, and the largest award to a minority general contractor at $50 million. 

posted 5/14/15 @ 12:00 am
District 6 Congratulates UPrep AAAT Graduates

On May 5, students who participated in the AAAT (African American Achievement Trust) Collective Focus mentoring program at University Preparatory School graduated. These students, between 6th and 12th grade were a part of this program to improve academic achievement, receive emotional support and/or receive assistance towards graduation and post-secondary education. The students were full of energy and listened eagerly as Mike Logan, former Pittsburgh Steeler and now life skills coach at UPrep spoke. He challenged us all to simply think about the one thing you aspire to do and work hard to achieve that goal.

Bernelle Wood of the District 6 staff sat with her mentee who is in the 7th grade at UPrep. She has watched her confidence boost from when she first started mentoring her in the 6th grade. Her mentee has also worked hard to maintain the highest grades in the group. She is an aspiring doctor and Bernelle looks forward to keeping her on task in order to help her get there.

posted 5/05/15 @ 12:00 am
Ribbon Cutting for Moorhead Towers Renovations

Councilman Lavelle joined other City and County leaders to celebrate the preservation and restoration of the William S. Moorhead Tower this week. Ralph Falbo, Inc and Beacon Communities worked together for over a year to renovate the 414 unit tower on Craig Street. The apartment building, which primarily serves senior citizens, received updated amenities to help residents with visual or other impairments. Some of the residents have been in the building for over 30 years and were given the opportunity to directly include their ideas in the renovation work. With the stability of the Oakland community, this renovation is another strong addition to a growing community. 

posted 4/30/15 @ 12:00 am
Fowler Field Receives Much Needed Updates

The North Side’s Fowler Park is in the process of getting some impressive new updates. The Public Works Department has been working diligently for the past several weeks to update the park. New fountains, fencing, goal posts, and five renovated sets of bleachers are only some of the work being done on the property. Areas once covered in asphalt have been revamped into regulation turf to limit the risk of injury.  The renovations are ongoing, and the Parks Department is working with the community to ensure the field properly serves their needs. Parks is now in talks with community members about the possibility of concession stands gracing the property. 

posted 4/30/15 @ 12:00 am
Market Street Grocery Opens Downtown

The Market Street Grocery, Downtown’s first grocery store in five years, opened in Market Square in the Thompson Building on April 22nd. The store will cater to the day to day needs of Downtown residents and is styled after a European market. It will serve fruits, vegetables, fresh meats, and seafood as well as a Deli and wine bar. A feature will also include a branch of popular Squirrel Hill French bakery Gaby et Jules. The grocer will be open 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily, with the wine bar staying open until 11:00 p.m. 


posted 4/22/15 @ 12:00 am

On Monday March 23, Councilman Lavelle attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of infrastructure development in the Lower Hill 28 acre site. In his remarks, the Councilman noted that as a lifelong Hill District resident, the groundbreaking was a moment of personal pride, signifying an opportunity to create a development that benefits the residents of the Hill District and the City of Pittsburgh. 


posted 3/25/15 @ 12:00 am
Councilman Lavelle Co-Sponsors Legislation to Improve Training of City's Security Guards

Councilman Lavelle has co-sponsored an ordinance to ensure that the City’s security guards are adequately trained in protecting Pittsburgh’s buildings. SEIU 32BJ, a union representing nearly 130,000 office workers, gathered in front of Council Chambers to support the Ordinance to increase and mandate training for those who are charged with protecting the thousands who work in large office buildings or public places. The change would require at a minimum 40 hours of training to guarantee that in an emergency situation guards are able to respond swiftly to any dangerous situation. The ordinance is on the agenda for the April 15th Council Session.  

posted 3/24/15 @ 12:00 am

City Council unanimously approved legislation establishing a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) district for the Lower Hill District 28 acres development site which will serve to further development projects and needs in the Greater Hill District. Development projects on the site will be granted a 10 year tax exemption.

In exchange, developers will agree to make payments, in an amount equal to the exempted taxes, towards 2 funds: one for infrastructure improvements and development incentives on the 28 acres site, and another for programs and projects designed to benefit the Greater Hill District. The LERTA district will help to implement the Community Collaboration Implementation Plan (CCIP), a document which outlines goals for Hill District participation in the development, contracting, business, employment and housing opportunities on the site. 

To access a copy of the legislation establishing the LERTA, click here.


posted 2/25/15 @ 12:00 am
Councilman Lavelle Presents Proclamation to Honor Pittsburgh Living Legends

Mr. Ralph P. Watson, who runs "CLASSIC EVENTS! Public Relations and Marketing Group", will host the 4th Annual Black History Celebration on February 28. The theme for this year is "Legends", as they salute several Pittsburgh notables who have left their imprint on the City in the areas of economic development, education, health and politics. On Tuesday, February 10, Councilman Lavelle presented a proclamation to the honorees of the event, which included:

Hon. Brenda Frazier, Dr. Renee Frazier, Roger Humphries Sr., Father Eric McIntosh, Rev. Johnnie G. Monroe, Chris Moore, William Neal, Charles M. Powell, Herman Reid, Hon. William R. Robinson, Charles Sanders, JT Thomas, Brenda J. Waters, Hon. Ralph P. Watson, Judge Warren Watson, and Frances Ford-Wilson.  

posted 2/13/15 @ 12:00 am
Council Extends Deadline for Paying City Real Estate Taxes Early

City Council approved this week an extension to file real estate taxes early to receive the 2% discount. Instead of February 10, residents will now have until February 28 to file their City taxes early. The decision came as a result of tax bills being received by residents on January 31, which would have given 10 days fewer to file early for the discount. 

posted 2/06/15 @ 12:00 am

Pittsburgh is in the midst of an economic renaissance that has seen property values rise throughout the City. It is a positive sign of growth which is imperative to the City’s future, but if not appropriately planned for, can lead to the displacement of mid to low income populations who are unable to keep pace with rising property values in their communities. The provision of an adequate supply of affordable housing is therefore critical to retain existing residents and prevent the potential displacement caused by rising housing costs.

In order to address the issue of affordable housing throughout Pittsburgh, Councilman Lavelle has partnered with Mayor Peduto to introduce legislation that creates an Affordable Housing Task Force. The task force will be comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders inside and outside of government who will work to make specific recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.  A report will be published that identifies Pittsburgh’s current housing landscape, projected future housing needs, and recommended policy responses to ensure a vibrant mix of accessible housing options for all residents in Pittsburgh.

To access a copy of the legislation that creates the Affordable Housing Task force, please click here.

posted 2/02/15 @ 12:00 am
Ribbon Cutting of Downtown's Hotel Monaco

Councilman Lavelle’s office was honored to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Hotel Monaco on January 21st. Located in the Reed building, an iconic structure Downtown, the 248 room hotel caters to the world traveler with unique designs that set it apart as a one of a kind brand. The hotel boom Downtown has been experiencing is a testament to the area’s growing economic base and profile on a national and global scale, and we welcome Hotel Monaco as a new tenant that will help further the area’s economic revitalization, as it is expected to create 200 permanent jobs.

Hotel Monaco will also be the come of restaurant and bar The Commoner. We invite all Pittsburghers to stop by for a bite, a drink, to spend the night, or simply to tour the new site. 

For photos of the ribbon cutting, please click here.

posted 1/21/15 @ 12:00 am

Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: 412-255-2134 | Facsimile: 412-255-0737

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