Community Meeting: 1830 Beechwood Blvd & Burton L. Hirsch Funeral Home Projects

Community Meeting on September 6th 

Discussing Two New Projects in Squirrel Hill

(1) 6pm – Proposed 11 Single-Family homes on 1830 Beechwood Blvd**
(2) 6:45pm – Proposed Multi-Family Building at 2710 Murray Avenue, site of former landmark

On September 6th, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Councilman Corey O’Connor invited neighbors to come hear the architect and developers present proposed plans for community comment and information. Senko Construction has proposed 11 new single-family homes with 2-car parking garages on the 1830 Beechwood Blvd. site. Solara Ventures has proposed a 5-story, multi-family building with 39 units and 60 interior parking spaces on 2710 Murray Ave. This meeting is in anticipation of the Pittsburgh City Zoning Board of Adjustment hearings in consideration of these projects.

This community meeting was co-sponsored by Councilman Corey O’Connor and the Commercial Land Use and Residential Quality Committee of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. For more information, please go to or call 412) 422-7666.


Proposed 1830 Beechwood Development: slide03

Senko Construction would like to transform the existing one parcel, which is an existing home on 1830 Beechwood Blvd, into 11 lots that will hold 11 single family homes (please see attached site plan). This is a model of high-end homes for sale with following:

The houses will offer approximately 2700 to 3000 square feet in living space.

The homes will provide an optional upgrade for an elevator.

They will be priced in the range of $950K to $1 million, which equals a square foot sales price of $315 to $350.

They are scheduled to go before Zoning Board of Adjustment on Sept 22, 2016 to ask for a residential dimensional variance from Residential Very Low (RD1VL) zoning code to Residential Moderate (RD1M); and for side yard setbacks (10′ required, 0′ and 5′ requested between proposed houses.) Their plan is to adhere to front and rear yard setback requirements, and keeps a setback from Beechwood that is the same or greater than the neighboring houses. 9/6 Developer Slide Presentation

**PROJECT UPDATE: Senko Construction will not be presenting their project at 1830 Beechwood Blvd to the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on September 22nd. They will attend the hearing in order to inform the board that they will not be presenting their case. Their team is in the process of determining their next steps. When they reach a decision, they will reach out to inform the community of their decision.


Proposed 2710 Murray Avenue Project:

2701 Murray Ave AFTERPublic meeting held jointly by the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Councilman Corey O’Connor

Date/Location: September 6, 2016, Jewish Community Center /

Following are meeting minutes regarding: proposed condominium development to be located at 2710 Murray Avenue.

Key participants: Councilman Corey O’Connor (CO’C), City of Pittsburgh City Council; Ryan Indovina, Indovina Associates Architects (RDI/IAA); Jack Benoff, Solara Ventures (developer) (JB)

Councilman Corey O’Connor (CO’C) began the meeting by addressing the status of other work at nearby intersection of Forward and Murray. He stated that Action Housing has received its tax credit, and that the corner/theater properties are working to resolve issues related to the steam plant. The proposed developments at the Poli and Squirrel Hill Theater sites are NOT related to the development proposed by Solara ventures.

Ryan Indovina (RDI/IAA) and Jack Benoff (JB/Solara) presented the proposed project at 2710 Murray Avenue as follows:

  1. The parcels currently occupy two zoning districts; LNC (Local Neighborhood Commercial) and RM-M (Residential – Multi-Unit Moderate Density). RDI stated that the City of Pittsburgh Zoning staff has advised the team to follow the regulations for LNC districts.

2. The proposed development will be: For sale condominiums, 37 total units

3. Parking:

Questions or concerns expressed by the community:

End of Meeting Minutes, as prepared by: Lori Fitzgerald, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

9/6 Developer Slide Presentation

*** Project Update: The developer anticipates a ZBA hearing in early December 2016 if not earlier.

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