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Greater Hazelwood has not had a full-service grocery in decades, our residents travel to Greenfield, Homestead, or the South Side to shop. The 2019 comprehensive community plan, adopted in partnership with Pittsburgh, found that residents “overwhelmingly desire a neighborhood grocery store.”
The GH-CARED coalition of community organizations, businesses, churches, and residents, POORLAW in cooperation with Praise Temple Deliverance Church, is seeking to develop a two-story building on the 4800 block of Second Avenue, and the building’s first floor would be a 20,000-square-foot grocery store.
Plans for the second floor will be informed by further community input. Possibilities include a credit union, job training center, and a daycare, to be run as community- or employee-owned cooperatives.
Second Avenue in Hazelwood
At one time part of the main commercial strip of Hazelwood, most of the 4800 block of Second Avenue is currently vacant and owned by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). In 2019, the URA invited proposals to redevelop the block. Proposals to build housing with little to no commercial space failed to address the needs of our community, and prompted the creation of the GH-CARED coalition.
GH-CARED seeks to have their community development proposal be considered equally with those of the private and public developers.
Planning and Development
- Oak Moss Associates is advising GH-CARED on development.
- Massaro Construction Group has worked up a $13 million construction estimate.
- The Heinz Endowments will fund a study on the feasibility of a grocery store.
- The Hazelwood Initiative, the neighborhood development corporation, is considering granting GH-CARED rights to the portion of the 4800 block that it owns.
- The URA has given GH-CARED temporary control over key lots to conduct the feasibility study.
Executive Project Team
Executive Director and Fiscal Agent
Saundra Cole-McKamey, Founder and CEO, P.O.O.R.L.A.W.
Senior Development Consultant
Pastor Lutual Love, of Praise Temple Deliverance Church and Co-Founder of GH-CARED
Joe Massaro III, President and CEO, Massaro Construction Group
Manager of Business Outreach and Development
Bill Bailey, Founder and President, D. Well & Associates LLC
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Krish Pandya, Managing Partner, Oak Moss Consulting
Project Development and Community Outreach
Unity in the Community
Saundra Cole, President, and Lutual M. Love, Sr., Pastor, Praise Temple Deliverance Church
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