OPDC is now accepting applications for the 2014 Residential Façade Grant program. The program restores historic character to our neighborhood’s homes, instills pride in our community and catalyzes neighborhood investment.

The Façade Grant Program is available to residential property owners in all four neighborhoods of Oakland – Central, North, South and West. With a limit of $5,000 per grant, awardees receive a 1 to 1 match for an owner-occupied building, and a 1 to 2 match for a non-owner-occupied building.

Last year, OPDC awarded $21,000 in grants. Projects included roof and gutter repairs; painting; walkway and sidewalk repairs; landscaping; porch repairs; window and door replacements; and wall and foundation repairs.

Click here to download the guidelines and instructions

Click here to download the application

Join OPCD as they celebrate Oakland 2025 implementation
projects to-date and brainstorm ideas to continue the momentum. 
Oakland 2025 Master Plan: Project Development Workshop
From code enforcement to housing development, greening projects, public art,
citizen engagement, and much more, the Oakland community is moving closer to the Oakland 2025 vision.
To keep things going in a positive direction, join your colleagues and community
members at a workshop to brainstorm even more Oakland 2025 implementation
action steps.
OPDC will host a session led by an independent facilitator. They will gather
information on existing projects and brainstorm ideas to move forward other
plan recommendations. They’ll also discuss ways to ensure our most vulnerable citizens have the resources and services they need to succeed here in Oakland.

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Oakwatch meeting will be at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh (234 McKee Place) from 12-1:30PM.
The Federation likes to know how many to plan for so RSVP with Alicia at 412.621.7863 ext. 21.
Only street parking will be available.

Code enforcement partners will join us for updates, and District 8 City Councilman Dan Gilman will be the guest speaker. Coffee and snacks will abound.

The Oakland Green Team seeks to “put the oak back in Oakland,” improving trail connections and creating attractive open spaces. The team will identify, guide and implement greening activities throughout Oakland.

IMG_20130409_172520The Oakland 2025 Master Plan identifies greening and beautification as vital areas for creating a sustainable and enjoyable community. The Oakland Green Team is a direct response to this vision for the future, and will strive to achieve this vision by creating a forum for resident ideas and actions.

  • The Green Team is participating in the redesign of the Louisa Street steps and in creating three new murals on Semple Street. We’ll be posting lots of updates on OPDC’s Facebook and Twitter page as the projects moves forward.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, July 18th from 6:00-7:15PM at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

OPDClogoOakwatch friends:


At the last Oakwatch meeting, we heard an update from Barbie Arroyo of Councilman Kraus’s staff on the Responsible Hospitality project. Many of you had great questions that required a more in-depth discussion.

We’re excited to announce that Councilman Kraus has arranged for Jim Peters, the Executive Director of the Responsible Hospitality Institute, to join us at the next Oakwatch meeting on April 17th to discuss how RHI will affect Oakland directly. This meeting will be at 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, located at 294 Semple Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Please enter the building through the Louisa Street side door.

Councilman Kraus recently did an update on this project in OPDC’s e-newsletter, which just came out today. There’s also some exciting news in this newsletter about work being done to transform the Bates Street gateway into Oakland and many exciting events that are taking place around the neighborhood this spring. Check out the newsletter by clicking here.

We will soon post the minutes from the March meeting on our website.


As always, don’t hesitate to contact OPDC staff with questions or concerns.


Have a great weekend!


Rebekkah Ranallo

Communications Manager

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC)

235 Atwood Street

Pittsburgh, PA  15213


412.621.7863 x23 office

412.760.5604 mobile








There are two exciting volunteering opportunities coming up that will help green Oakland. If possible please let us know ahead of time about your interest in either of these events by emailing kico@opdc.org

  • ·         Oakland Tree Care Day: we’re partnering with Tree Pittsburgh to carry out some much needed care on recently planted Oakland trees. Join us Tuesday, April 9, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • ·         Bates St Hillside Restoration: come help landscape and restore a section of the Bates St hillside, we will be removing invasive species and planting trees, feel free to stop in as you are able.OakLeaf


Make sure to bring a friend to the next Green Team meeting. It will be Thursday, April 18 from 6:00 – 7:15 pm at OPDC’s new Career Center on 294 Semple St. See you then.


Do you have a way that you’d like to green Oakland? Email dzwier@opdc.org or call 412-621-7863 x14 with your ideas.

Oakland Forever includes A Taste of Oakland, presented by Hurley Associates, Hurley Insurance Brokers!





A Taste of Oakland is the same great food tour that you know and love, just this year when you finish snacking your way through Oakland you can join the festivities in Schenley Plaza!  A Taste of Oakland is from 4–6p.m. on Friday, April 12th.  Admission is included with your purchase of an Oakland Forever Wristband!

A Taste of Oakland Restaurants:

  • Dave & Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Peter’s Pub
  • Milano’s Pizza
  • Sorrento’s Pizza Roma
  • Garden Grill & Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn University Place
  • Rita’s Italian Ice
  • Red Oak Cafe
  • Hello Bistro
  • Pittsburgh Pretzel Sandwich Shop

A Taste of Oakland Sample Stops:

  • New Balance Pittsburgh
  • A Touch of Gold & Silver Jewelry Store
  • Maggie & Stella’s Cards & Gifts
  • Dollar Bank
  • T-Mobile
  • Hilton Garden Inn University Place

Oakland Forever 2013