We aim to develop accessible community assets and build generational wealth in the CSV.
In alignment with strategic priorities, our projects are designed to reduce the plight of low- and moderate-income families and improve the physical environment in the Charles Street Valley.
We build toward those outcomes by connecting residents and stakeholders to educational opportunities and resources, creating affordable housing opportunities, maintaining vacant lots, decreasing trash and litter, and advocating for solutions through the City of Pittsburgh and other partnerships.
Learn more about each of our projects below.
Building on existing assets, this project addresses the need for play equipment, repairs, seating, shelter, and basic parklet amenities, including renovating the half basketball court.
Completed a Playground Study & Precedents
Hosted community input sessions on design
Finalized two designs for parklet upgrades
Vetted initial contractor bids and proposals
Fundraise the final $49,000 for full funding of the total project cost
N. Charles St. Infill Housing
The North Charles Street Infill Housing project will feature 21+ affordable single-family for-sale homes.
Identified vacant, city-owned parcels for the first phase of development
Received a hold from market letter from the URA
Submitted a Federal Home Loan Bank grant application
Secure funding for predevelopment phase
Explore options for guaranteed affordability over time
Explore options for increasing property value without negative impact
CSAC is developing a strategy for utilization of the city-designated Perry South Greenway on what used to be Harlan Avenue.
Met with Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning
Held a Greenways Info Session at SMG
Completed design for Harlan Ave Trail Loop
Understand stewardship processes and requirements
Activate our community greenway for public use
The Charles Street Area Council is an active member of the Allegheny Dwellings Choice Neighborhood steering committee.
Participated in resident surveys to understand needs
Informed residents about updates and opportunities
Attended meetings and amplified resident voices
Shared input about site selection and building plans
Actualize the transformation plan once approved by HUD