City of Pittsburgh Council District 6
JUNE E-NEWSLETTER

Greetings,

I hope this message finds you well and in good spirits. As we continue to advance progress in the District, I will begin engaging you in more ways than in the past.  With the continuation of our scheduled “Meet and Greets” and other community events, I will also send you interactive monthly newsletters so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest advancements and happenings in our District. As well as any other news of importance.

I am honored to serve on your behalf as your Pittsburgh City Councilman.  As we work tirelessly for the benefit of the district, I am confident that our efforts will empower and bolster the lives of each and every community member. 

Sincerely,

R. DanielLavelle

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Council Approves Amended Land Bank Bill

Land is an original source of material wealth. Communities which own and maintain control and oversight over their land are strong and sustainable. After the initial introduction of the Land Bank bill, Councilman Lavelle arduously worked to ensure that the community would play an important role in the process of land acquisition and disposition.

On Monday, April 14, City Council approved an amended version of the Land Bank bill.  With included key provisions, the Councilman supported the final version of the legislation.  Those included amendments ensure greater protections to those cOmmunities most affected by the bill:

  • An expanded board of 9 members with stronger representation from the districts with the greatest number of land bank eligible properties
  • Greater protections for owner-occupants whose tax-delinquent properties would be eligible for land banking
  • Stronger language to define requirements for public notice and public participation in the disposition of properties from the land bank 
  • Provision requiring City Council approval for the disposition of land in the first four (4) years of the land bank

To view the original version of the bill, as presented by Councilwoman Gross, click here.

To view an amended version of the bill, written by Councilpersons Lavelle and Burgess, click here (this version was never formally introduced in Council).

To view the final version of the bill, passed by Council on April 14, click here.

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Mellon Square Reopens to the Public

A public rededication ceremony was held Thursday, May 30 to celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated Mellon Square Park in Downtown Pittsburgh. The ceremonies marked the completion of a $10 million restoration project that reactivated the square for public use for the first time in three years.  As a dedicated space that is both refined and modernist, Mellon Square Park was the first of its kind in the City as a garage-top green space.

With funding support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, BNY Mellon, The Colcom Foundation, The Eden Hall Foundation and other corporate and private donors, the City of Pittsburgh is excited to see the completion of a project that brings Mellon Square into the new century. We encourage all to take the opportunity to visit the park.

For more information on the reopening ceremony, click here.

For pictures of the park, visit our online photo album here.

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Farmer’s Market Season Begins in Pittsburgh

A healthy community is a vibrant community!

The Farmer’s Market season is upon us in Pittsburgh. Farmer’s markets offer residents a great opportunity to access fresh, locally sourced fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers and homemade goods. Following is a list of Farmers Markets located within District 6. For a full list of Farmers Markets throughout the city, click here:

Downtown, City-County Building, Grant St: Every Friday, May 16 - Nov. 7, 10am - 2pm 

Downtown, Market Square: Every Thursday, May 15 - Oct. 30, 10am - 2pm

Hill District, Hill House Center: Every Thursday, June - November, 10 am - 1 pm

Northside, Allegheny Commons Park: Every Friday, May 16 - Nov. 21, 3:30pm - 7:30pm 

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Hill District Businesses Among Competition Winners

Winners were announced for the Urban Innovation 21 "Inclusive Innovation" Small Business Grant Competition on May 15.  This marked the second year Urban Innovation 21 has hosted the event, which specifically aims to help small businesses located within the Hill District and Homewood.  The competition awarded close to $150,000 in grants to businesses in these communities.

This year's winners from our District include:

  • Jesse Mae Peoples Construction
  • Uniquea Dry Cleaning
  • On the Go Fitness
  • Power 59 Construction
  • Sub Urban Services
  • Visions Towards Peace
  • EZduzit Commercial Cleaning

Congratulations to all of the businesses that participated in this year's competition.

To read more, please click here.

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Distinguished Officer Brenda Tate Retires

After 35 years of dedicated service, lifelong resident of the Hill District, Brenda Tate, retired from the City of Pittsburgh Police Department on March 31, 2014.  As an honorable Policewoman, Ms. Tate started her career in 1979 as one of the first female officers to serve on foot patrol for the Pittsburgh Housing Authority Police Department. She would later serve with the high profile Dignitary and Witness Protection Unit; the Community’s Technical Investigation and Preparedness Section; and the Zone 2 station where she worked beat and patrol assignments to provide hill district residents a her unique style of community-policing service.

In 2009, Officer Tate starred in the original and critically-acclaimed play “Women of the Hill” at the August Wilson Center with five other women.  The play highlighted the women sharing and recounting each of their individual life stories to packed audiences.

Ms. Tate is a highly distinguished leader who continually works for the betterment of the Hill District.  As an active member in the community, she sits on several boards including the YMCA, Hill House Association, Ebenezer Development Corporation, Hill District Community Development Corporation, and Urban Pathway Charter School.  She also serves as a member in a multitude of civic and community organizations including the NAACP, the Urban League, Coro Center for Civic Leadership/Women, Boy Scout Troop 59, and the New Dawn Ministry “Winner in You” program.

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Thelma Lovette, Community Activist and Volunteer, dies at 98

The City of Pittsburgh and the Hill District community mourns the passing of one of its own, longtime community activist and volunteer Thelma Lovette, at the age of 98 years. 

Mrs. Lovette was involved in every aspect of social development and civil rights in the Hill District. Having grown up on Wylie Ave and graduating from Schenley High School, Mrs. Lovette obtained a bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. She became the first black social worker at Mercy Hospital and retired as supervisor of social workers after more than 15 years with the hospital.

Mrs. Lovette leaves behind a long and influential legacy of social involvement and community service. She was the first woman to serve on the YMCA's Board of Management, with the Hill District branch of the YMCA being named in her honor, the Thelma Lovette YMCA.

To view an extended obituary, please click here

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Bill Nunn Jr., Football pioneer who scouted Steelers legends, dies at 89

The City of Pittsburgh and the Steelers nation mourns the passing of one of its own, football pioneer William G. Nunn Jr., at the age of 89 years. 

Mr. Nunn was one of the longest tenured employees of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who served as a scout for the Steelers for 46 years.  During his time with the organization, he became well-known for discovering talent from historically overlooked black colleges in the country.  Prior to his scouting career, Mr. Nunn joined the Pittsburgh Courier as a sportswriter, eventually moving up to become sports editor and then succeeding his father as managing editor of the Courier in the mid 1960’s. 

With the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mr. Nunn helped to win 6 Super Bowl rings, and was honored to be nominated into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. 

To view an extended obituary, please click here.

Published:
Monday, June 9, 2014
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414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737


 

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