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DISTRICT 5

Welcome to District 5

Introduction

Welcome to District 5. It is my pleasure to be serving as your Councilman for a second term. Please feel free to call me or one of my staffers with any issues or concerns. I view one of my major roles as a Councilman is to advocate for you.  I also feel it’s important to facilitate solutions for residents with diverse views and agendas as well as to help solve city-related constituent problems. I’ve been fortunate to meet so many of you over the years and I always enjoy seeing you at neighborhood and citywide events.   If we haven’t met and our paths cross, I hope you’ll stop to introduce yourself. After all, I work for you!  

Our Neighborhoods

Glen Hazel

Glen Hazel is one of the city’s smaller neighborhoods in a city made up of 90 neighborhoods, each with its own flavor. Many have raised families in this very close-knit family community. Surrounded by densely wooded areas, various species of wildlife are often observed.  The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, The Glen Hazel Family Community and the Bernice Washington Crawly High Rise are located here.     

Greenfield

Greenfield is located southeast of Downtown, adjacent to Squirrel Hill, Hazelwood, and Schenley Park.    This growing neighborhood, which is attracting growing numbers of young professionals and families, boasts its own business district and there is easy accessibility to the Squirrel Hill business hub. A “suburb in the City," it offers a variety of housing stock, convenient location, and marvelous views of Pittsburgh’s skyline.

Hays

Named after former Pittsburgh Mayor William B. Hayes, this neighborhood is located on the southeastern edge of Pittsburgh. It encompasses the area known as Hays Woods, a parcel of more than 600 acres of woodlands, make it the largest undeveloped tract of land in the city. It is slated to be transitioned into the largest addition of the city-wide park system.

Hazelwood

Flanked by the Monongahela River, Hazelwood and Glen Hazel is conveniently located to several popular shopping areas and destination points throughout the city. Its numerous parks and green spaces enhance these ethnically-diverse neighborhoods where varied and affordable housing is available. Situated on the former LTV site, Almono is the largest mixed use development project underway in the city and is expected to jumpstart change.

Lincoln Place

With green spaces and wooded tracts, this mostly residential neighborhood is a mix of classic homes and new development. In addition to ballfields and a community park, portions of Lincoln Place feel like living in a suburban neighborhood. Community events, including farmers’ markets, are popular attractions for residents. 

New Homestead

A predominately residential neighborhood, New Homestead is a tucked away community in the southeast of Pittsburgh. It is home to many single family detached residential developments, as well as some earlier developments from the mid-to-late 20th Century. Neighborhood amenities include access to greenspace, a park, and a ballfield.

Regent Square

Regent Square is a neighborhood that includes sections in the City, as well as in Swissvale, Edgewood, and Wilkinsburg. It is located on the City's eastern border and hugs Frick Park. The community maintains a vibrant business district and easy access to Frick Park’s amenities and the city’s East End neighborhoods.

Squirrel Hill South

Squirrel Hill South, largely made up of diverse residential stock as well as thriving business district in the Forbes and Murray corridor.  It is populated by a diverse mix of homeowners, families and students.   This neighborhood has unparalleled access to Schenley Park and Frick Park, two cornerstones of the City’s magnificent park system.  Pittsburgh’s many educational institutions and outstanding medical facilities are just minutes away and easily accessed by public transportation.    

Swisshelm Park

A small residential neighborhood on the city’s eastern border, Swisshelm Park is situated between Swissvale and Frick Park. It is a tightly knit, family-oriented community.  Neighborhood amenities includes a Community Center and the Swisshelm Parklet. There is easy access to Frick Park’s trails, the Squirrel Hill and Regent Square business districts.       

District 5 Features

Parks, Fields & Playgrounds

  •  Blair Street Park
  •  Burgwin Park
  •  Davis Playground
  •  Four Mile Run Park
  •  Frick Park
  •  Gladstone Field
  •  Hays Park
  •  Hays Tot Lot
  •  Lewis Parklet
  •  Lincoln Place Parklet
  •  Lytle Street Playground
  •  Magee Field / Playground
  •  McBride Park
  •  Panorama Field
  •  Schenley Park
  •  Swisshelm Playground

Attractions

  •  Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  •  Schenley Oval Sportsplex
  •  Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink

Pools / Spray Parks

  •  Burgwin Spray Park
  •  Magee Pool
  •  McBride Pool
  •  Schenley Pool

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District 5: Resources - Quarterly Reports

Each day, the District 5 office receives numerous calls from many residents, with topics of concern ranging from potholes to policy issues, traffic concerns, tax questions, and much more. Constituents also reach out to our office by email, online feedback form, written letter, social media, and at community meetings.

As we work to resolve these issues, we also classify and track this data.

Every three months, our office publishes a Quarterly Report that details how we've worked to resolve constituent concerns for that time period. These Quarterly Reports feature completion rates for constituent concerns, breakdowns of concerns by neighborhood, legislative updates, and more.

2016 Quarterly Reports

2015 Quarterly Reports

Community Group Links

  • 31st Ward Community Action Group - Website
  • Hazelwood Initiative - Website
  • Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative - Website
  • Greenfield Community Association - Website
  • Regent Square Civic Association - Website
  • Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition - Website
  • Uncover Squirrel Hill - Website

Councilman Corey O'Connor

After a whirlwind first term, Corey O’Connor was resoundingly reelected and is now in the second year of his new four-year term.  He was endorsed by the Post-Gazette, the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, the Allegheny County Central Labor Council, and Steel City Stonewall Democrats.  

O’Connor developed an interest in public service as a young teen and college student as he accompanied his Dad, the late Mayor Bob O’Connor, to events throughout the city and region. He   began his career as a Community Development Representative for U.S. Representative Mike Doyle in the Congressman’s Pittsburgh District Office. 

A graduate of Central Catholic High School, Corey became the youngest varsity sports coach in the history of the WPIAL and continues to coach Central’s golf team that won the State Championship in 2016.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Duquesne University. The Councilman was a Squirrel Hill Little League baseball coach for 10 years and was twice honored as Coach of the Year. He serves on several boards and commissions, including the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), Children’s Home and Mario Lemieux Family Center, the Holocaust Center, First Tee of Pittsburgh, the University School, the Cancer Caring Center, and Omicelo Cares.

The notable website "Politics PA" named O’Connor one of Pennsylvania’s top “30 Under 30” and in 2010, he was selected as Allegheny County Young Democrat of the Year. He has received awards from several non-profits, including Shepherd Wellness Center, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, the Greenfield Organization, Lending Hearts, Community Day School, and the Pittsburgh Aids Task Force. 

Corey, now 32, and his wife, Katie Stohlberg O’Connor, reside in Swisshelm Park.  

As a Councilman, Corey has demonstrated a unique ability to bring together people with diverse   agendas and facilitate dialogue that culminates in mutually beneficial decisions.  He is known for his accessibility, friendly and outgoing manner, and an approach to government that advocates for commonsense practical solutions. O’Connor is proud of his legislative agenda, which focuses on his   commitment to families, children, equal rights, support for local businesses, and workforce development.   These guiding principles are frequently reflected in his legislative initiatives.

As Chair of City Council’s Committee on Urban Recreation, O’Connor has toured every city park and visited dozens of Recreation and Senior Centers He has worked cooperatively with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, PWSA, ALCOSAN, and other stakeholders to make qualitative improvements that also help to prevent flooding in vulnerable areas in the city.

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Promise and the African American Chamber of Commerce, O’Connor announced an exciting new program that seeks to retain young talent by providing an incentive for Pittsburgh Promise college graduates to work in the city and encouraging local businesses to hire these graduates. Both graduates and their employers will receive grants. Identifying ways to entice Promise graduates to work in Pittsburgh strengthens our local economy and secures Pittsburgh as the continued home to a new generation of workers.

When the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania legalized the sale and distribution of medical marijuana, O’Connor introduced legislation that directed the City Zoning Administrator to develop new regulations for dispensaries, growers, and processing facilities  to ensure that appropriate standards would be in place for the soon-to-be-licensed entities.    With the significant interest that has been already demonstrated by many parties, O’Connor believed that it was critically important for the city to be proactive and not restrictive.  

The Councilman’s office authored legislation to create the Advisory Board on Entrepreneurship and Start-Up. Its purpose is to provide recommendations for the Mayor and City Council regarding policies and regulations that effect business. It brings together leaders from diverse business and entrepreneurship sectors, including minority- and veteran-owned businesses, green technologies, the university community, and more.  According to an editorial in the Post-Gazette, “… this proposed talking-shop appears to have one clear virtue: There’s nothing like it in town. While the administration of Mayor Bill Peduto prides itself on being in touch with cutting-edge ideas, no official vehicle exists for budding businesses to get the ear of City Hall.”

O’Connor’s first legislative action when he joined City Council in 2012 created the Pittsburgh HIV/​AIDS Commission, a 30-member panel that delivers policy guidance to city leadership and the health community. Since 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all patients, regardless of risk factors, be offered HIV testing as part of routine preventive care, but it has never been enforced on the federal level. In anticipation of the 28th annual World AIDS Day in December, O’Connor’s Will of Council was passed that urged the state to encourage health care providers in Pennsylvania to offer HIV testing during routine checkups.

Additional legislation includes: guaranteeing that all workers can accrue paid sick days; a minimum wage incentive program that recognizes small, local businesses that raise their employees' wages by providing free messaging opportunities on City-owned assets; a directive for the City's Director of Finance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to create a program that would convert blighted or under-utilized publicly-owned property into commercial property for small businesses; and banning the use of tobacco in all city parks and playgrounds.

Community News

Inside Almono: New Development Could Begin Next Week, Anchored by CMU

90.5 WESA August 8, 2017

Governor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business District

Office of Governor Tom Wolf August 7, 2017

Sustainability, innovation key to developer's plans for former Hazelwood LTV site

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 7, 2017

Robotics institute set to anchor Pittsburgh's mammoth Almono development

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review August 7, 2017

Former Steel Mill to be Restored for Commerce, Housing

CBS Pittsburgh August 7, 2017

Assisted-living site for dementia residents set to open in Squirrel Hill

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 4, 2017

First Look: Ahava Memory Care Residence in Squirrel Hill

Pittsburgh Business Times August 2, 2017

Twelve New WiFi Hotspots in Parks Keep You Connected

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Blog August 2, 2017

Renovation of Elizabeth Pharmarcy could be a sign of bigger things to come in Hazelwood

Nextpittsburgh July 31, 2017

Steady growth: Two developmens show city's strength (editorial)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette July 31, 2017

Developer eyes legacy with $40 million project in Squirrel Hill

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteJuly 24, 2017

"Gateway to Squirrel Hill" Could Get Facelift

CBS Pittsburgh July 24, 2017

$40M idea would revitalize prominent, busy spot in Squirrel Hill

WPXI Pittsburgh July 24, 2017

Affordable Housing Complex Contractors to Break Ground in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Neighborhood

90.5 WESA July 18, 2017

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix revs up tourism spending for Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review July 12, 2017

Pennsylvania awards medical marijuana dispensary permits

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review June 29, 2017

Pittsburgh pickleball tournament attracts more than 400 players while raising money for Parkinson Foundation

Pittsburgh City Paper June 28, 2017

URA: Pittsburgh landmarks in line to be developed

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette May 10, 2017

Dylamato's fresh produce market is Hazelwood's first grocer in 8 years

Nextpittsburgh April 20, 2017

La Gourmandine's third location gives Hazelwood an authentic French bakery

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 23, 2017

La Gourmandine opens new storefront and bakery facility in Hazelwood

Nextpittsburgh March 17, 2017

La Gourmandine set to open production facility, bakery in Hazelwood

Pittsburgh Business Times March 16, 2017

Up-and-coming neighborhoods saw home prices explode in 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 27, 2017

Let it flow: Going green and wide to slow storm-water runoff (Editorial)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 18, 2017

A Rare Example of Natural Red Clay Tennis Courts

Atlast Obscura February, 2017

Parade through Squirrel Hill celebrates Lunar New Year

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review February 12, 2017

Celebration Planned to Mark Lunar New Year

CBS Pittsburgh February 10, 2017

Pittsburgh Police Chess Club teaches kids about consequences in fun way

WPXI Pittsburgh February 10, 2017

Alcosan Hands out $9M in Grants to Divert Stormwater from Sewer Systems

90.5 WESA February 8, 2017

Alcosan to Provide $9M to help stem sewage overflows via 31 municipal projects

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 7, 2017

Allderdice student's effort bridges the gulf of cultural tolerance

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 1, 2017

Alcosan allocates $1M for low-income families' sewer bills

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review January 24, 2017

Contact District 5

The Office of Councilman Corey O’Connor
City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Telephone: 412-255-8965
Fax: 412-255-0820

Curt Conrad, MSW, Chief of Staff

curt.conrad@pittsburghpa.gov

Connie Sukernek, Executive Assistant

connie.sukernek@pittsburghpa.gov

Lynette Lederman, Executive Assistant

lynette.lederman@pittsburghpa.gov

Matt Singer, Legislative Aide

matt.singer@pittsburghpa.gov

Cassie Hourlland, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Intern

cassie.hourlland@pittsburghpa.gov

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