Living in Bellevue

Stop by and see for yourself how great this community is. 

Be Closer to Everything

Bellevue borders the City of Pittsburgh and is only 5 miles/ 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.

  • 10 minutes to Downtown Pittsburgh, The Strip District & Pittsburgh Public Market, The Cultural District, Market Square, and The David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
  • 6 minutes to North Shore.
  • 10 minutes to Southside.
  • 15 minutes to Lawrenceville.
  • 20 minutes to Pittsburgh’s East End.

With CONVENIENT ACCESS to I-279, PA 65, PA 28, major shopping districts are minutes away.

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Northgate School District

Elected Officials

Bellevue History

“Bellevue is a tight-knit, family-friendly community. I only looked for homes in Bellevue.”

Kaitlin

Bellevue Resident

Bayne Park & Skate Plaza

Bellevue’s cornerstone recreational park, is located directly in the center of town.The elegant Andrew Bayne Library is a historical mansion, and is a stunning representation of the beautiful victorian homes that line the streets of Bellevue!

The park has lots of green space, jungle gyms, trails, and is the home to our amazing skate park, Bellevue Skate Plaza – a mixed use plaza which is expanding and growing with each new project phase.

Bellevue Memorial Park

Dogwoods Dog Park

Eliminating Blight Through Conservatorship

The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act, more commonly known as conservatorship, is a statewide tool for eliminating blight and abandonment in Pennsylvania communities. It allows a court-approved conservator to rehabilitate residential, commercial, and industrial buildings that an owner has been unwilling or unable to maintain.

The Pennsylvania Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act

Act 135 of 2008 – Conservatorship

In November of 2008, The Pennsylvania General Assembly declared that abandoned and blighted property adversely affect Pennsylvania’s older communities. It also acknowledged that poorly maintained residential, commercial, and industrial properties negatively impact citizens, business districts, the public safety, and property values. Thus, the Conservatorship Act was developed as a tool for citizens to use when property owners neglect to maintain their property in a manner that meets municipal codes and standards of the commonwealth.

Conservatorship is a method for court-approved conservators to remediate blight and abandonment through the rehabilitation of eligible properties. It has been implemented across the state by private individuals, community development corporations (CDCs), businesses, local governments, and nonprofits, all of which have realized the value in using conservatorship to reclaim, rehabilitate, and revitalize communities. Now in its tenth year, perspectives on conservatorship are evolving and policy recommendations are being made in efforts to make the process more consistent and effective for users

Once an eligible property has been identified, a party in interest must file a petition for conservatorship with the county court of common pleas where the property is located. Download The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act: 10 YEARS OF PRODUCTIVE REUSE for more details and case studies from the Pittsburgh area.
Community Development Glossary

501 (c)(3) Section of the Internal Revenue Code that designates an organization as charitable and tax-exempt. Organizations qualifying under this section include religious, educational, charitable, amateur athletic, scientific or literary groups, organizations testing for public safety, or organizations involved in the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Most organizations seeking foundation or corporate contributions secure a Section 501(c)(3) classification from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Note: The tax code sets forth a list of sections-501(c)(4-26)-to identify other nonprofit organizations whose function is not solely charitable (e.g., professional or veterans organizations, chambers of commerce, fraternal societies, etc.).
Source: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities 

Blight – per Pennsylvania’s Urban Redevelopment Law of 1945 (Act 385 of 1945), Section 12.1(c), the blighted property includes any property which has been declared a public nuisance, is considered an attractive nuisance, is unfit for human habitation, is a fire or safety hazard, has ineffective utilities, is a vacant or unimproved lot or parcel with trash accumulation or vermin, is vacant and not tax delinquent without rehabilitation within the past year after instruction to do so from the appropriate code enforcement authority, and any abandoned property (See Act 385 of 1945)

Bylaws – Rules governing the operation of a nonprofit corporation. Bylaws often provide the methods for the selection of directors, the creation of committees, and the conduct of meetings.
Source: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Capacity – As it is used in health promotion literature, capacity is the participatory leadership, skills, resources, knowledge, and tools of individuals in communities and organizations that enable them to address, and have greater control over, conditions, and factors that affect health.
Source: Alison Education Company

Code – a building, housing, property maintenance, fire, health, or other public safety ordinance enacted by a municipality. 

Community Capacity – Capacity is the combination of assets such as leadership, skills, resources, knowledge, and tools of individuals and organizations within the community that enables them to address and have control over those conditions that affect community well-being. Communities with high capacity engage in participatory processes to develop a shared vision, leadership, resources, and skills and have strong linkages and networks in place.

Community Development – In 1948, the United Nations defined community development as “a process designed to create conditions of economic and social progress for the whole community with its active participation and fullest possible reliance upon the community initiative.”

Displacement – a potential result of gentrification that indicates the removal or “forcing out” of existing residents due to various factors.

Direct Displacement – Direct displacement of current residents occurs when (1) residents can no longer afford to remain in their homes due to rising housing bills (rents or property taxes), or (2) residents are forced out due to causes such as eminent domain, lease non-renewals, and evictions to make way for new development, or physical conditions that render their homes uninhabitable. (see Indirect Displacement)
Source: The Uprooted Project

Diversity – refers to both an obvious fact of human life—namely, that there are many different kinds of people—and the idea that this diversity drives cultural, economic, and social vitality and innovation. In North America, the word “diversity” is strongly associated with racial diversity. However, that is just one dimension of the human reality. We also differ in gender, language, manners, and culture, social roles, sexual orientation, education, skills, income, and countless other domains. In recent years, some advocates have even argued for the recognition of “neurodiversity,” which refers to the range of differences in brain function.
Source: The Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley

Equity – refers to the right of the individual to a fair share of the goods and services in society. However, equal treatment will not necessarily guarantee equal results. Creating equity sometimes required training people differently from each other; e.g. providing additional resources to some individuals so they are better able to compete for jobs, obtain education, or access to other programs and services.
Source: Alison Education Company

Gentrification – a process of changing the character of a neighborhood through the influx of more affluent residents and businesses. This is a common and controversial topic in politics and urban planning.

Grants – An award of funds to an organization or individual to undertake charitable activities.
Source: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Historic Preservation – Our nation’s history has many facets, and historic preservation helps tell these stories. Sometimes historic preservation involves celebrating events, people, places, and ideas that we are proud of; other times it involves recognizing moments in our history that can be painful or uncomfortable to remember.
Source: The National Park Service

Housing Authority – an independently run and autonomous, not-for-profit public corporation. which works in conjunction with local governments and agencies to develop long-term housing strategies for communities.

Indirect Displacement – refers to changes in who is moving into the neighborhood as low-income residents move out, and occurs when units being vacated by low-income residents are no longer affordable to other low-income households. This is also called exclusionary displacement since future low-income residents are excluded from moving into the neighborhood. 
Source: The Uprooted Project

Inclusion – an organizational effort and practices in which different groups or individuals having different backgrounds are culturally and socially accepted and welcomed, and equally treated. These differences could be self-evident, such as national origin, age, race and ethnicity, religion/belief, gender, marital status, and socioeconomic status or they could be more inherent, such as educational background, training, sector experience, organizational tenure, even personality, such as introverts and extroverts.
Source: Global Diversity Practice 

Income Inequality – the extent to which income is distributed unevenly among a population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Lobbying vs. Advocacy – Advocacy is when nonprofit organizations advise stakeholders, legislators, or citizens on their own behalf to affect some aspect of society integral to the nonprofit’s mission. All nonprofits can advocate for measures that will affect their mission or the health and well-being of their clients. Lobbying is when one seeks to influence legislation.
Source: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Resources – Resources can be tangible (e.g., money, computers, staff, volunteers) or intangible (e.g., motivation, in-kind services, actions).
Source: Alison Education Company

Revitalization – The goal of neighborhood revitalization is to improve communities in a way that makes a lasting impact on the quality of life of its residents.
Source: Habitat for Humanity

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