South Side Works area to get restricted parking

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The Pittsburgh Planning Commission voted Tuesday to allow a residential parking district on 14 streets near the South Side Works affecting almost 700 households. The permit parking district will apply to streets between 22nd and 29th south of East Carson Street.

With a two-hour grace period for non-residents, the district will allow only residents to park in those areas with enforcement from noon to midnight Monday through Saturday. The planning department reported that with metered parking, five Parking Authority garages and four South Side Works garages, 2,327 parking spaces provide alternatives to non-residents.

According to a study, 79 percent of residents in that area favored the permit’s restrictions, and 72 percent of the vehicles parked on the residential streets in that area during the effective time span belonged to non-residents.

The commission also approved plans for a three-story addition to the University Center between Carnegie Mellon University’s parking garage and its lawn on Forbes Avenue. The 68,000-square-foot addition is slated to be a fitness center.

A reconfiguration of the parking garage’s entrance and exit concerned residents of Devon Street because the new access is opposite Devon, said Bob Reppe, the university’s director of design. He said the university’s revised plan calls for obstacles so drivers cannot go straight onto Devon or into the parking garage from each other.

Mr. Reppe said the plan also calls for a front plaza with storm-water retention in rain gardens.

In other action, the commission approved the design plans of the second structure of Bakery Square II in Shadyside, a five-story building with 175 residential units and 165 parking spaces under a courtyard. The site design calls for the capture of most storm water from the roof, the courtyard and interior roadways into rain gardens.

Two five story buildings in Eastside III got the commission’s nod, too. That project is the continued build-out of the transit-oriented development at Centre and Penn Avenues in East Liberty.

Chris Minnerly, project manager for the Mosites Co., said both buildings, one with retail and 76 residential units, the other with retail and 175 residential units, will be surrounded by public spaces, including a large swath of plaza and bike way for people to congregate. Its garage, too, will be sunken and its roof, a public space, used for storm-water retention.

Diana Nelson Jones: or 412-263-1626

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