October 2017 Update
By Carlino Giampolo
TRIUMPH. The residents of Panther Hollow once again extend our sincere gratitude to all those individuals, known and unknown, who assisted us in protecting and preserving our historic neighborhood.
On October 5, 2017, I attended a meeting conducted by the city’s Director of Mobility and Infrastructure believing that it would be about the major ongoing stormwater problem faced by the residents of Four Mile Run in Greenfield. Surprisingly, discussions began about building a “Mobility Trail” for vehicles and bicycles adjacent to the railroad tracks above Panther Hollow, which would travel through Four Mile Run, to connect the Almono site in Hazelwood to Pitt and CMU.
The plan was for the city to pursue a $5–25 million dollar grant from the federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program by getting approval for the grant application from the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s board of directors at their October 12th meeting.
After hearing adamant opposition to the plan, mainly from Panther Hollow and Four Mile Run residents, the city decided not to place the issue on the board’s agenda.
We remain vigilant and look forward to the day when the city seeks other viable transit alternatives outside of our neighborhoods.