Boulevard Neighborhood Association
Nov. 10, 2013
Dan Lorentz, chairman of the BNA Steering Committee, recognized State Representative Spencer Frye who will be available for questions and conversation after the meeting and also thanked owner of White Tiger Gourmet, Ken Manring, for the use of the space.
BNA Highlights for 2013:
a) We supported the Millworks Development for the Southern Mill which was recently approved by the Mayor and Commission. Developers Connie and Carter Broun have drawings here and will answer questions.
b) Buena Vista Historic District was established.
c) In partnership with Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation and Hands On Athens, volunteers painted a house in the neighborhood and Jake Kiser from Certa-Pro Painters assisted in finishing the job.
d) Boulevard Woods is in the final steps for approval. Thank you to Josh Koons for his expertise in developing the plans and getting them through the required reviews. A $75,000 grant has been received and more donations will be accepted as plans move forward. Dan estimates that about $15,000 more may be needed to complete the project and donations can be made on the Boulevard Woods website, http://boulevardwoods.org/ Thank you to Krysia Haag who has designed the new website for the project.
e) New businesses in the neighborhood include Jittery Joe’s, Hi-Lo, Old Pal, and Heirloom has expanded its liquor license.
f) BNA has provided treats to teachers at Chase Street School.
g) Neighborhood clean up days have been held with most litter pick up on Chase St and Barber.
h) BNA has had a Spring party and this one. Jerry encouraged attendees to join the Boulevard Neighborhood Association and encourage neighbors to join. A membership form was included in the newsletter and is available on the website, http://www.historicboulevard.org/
Events coming up:
The next election will include a new commissioner for our District 3.
The Prince Ave Corridor Study recommendations are still being discussed, awaiting action by the Planning Commission and the Mayor and Commission.
BNA will hold a neighborhood yard sale in the spring with some proceeds donated to BNA or Boulevard Woods.
There was a brief question and answer period about Millworks, start date is April of next year, 180,000 square feet, adaptive reuse with 112 apartments focused on arts and culture, expected rental of $800 or less per month for 1 bedroom event space is flexible and plans still being developed.
Election of Steering Committee for 2014:
Thanks to Jeff Cymerman and Chuck Ramsey for their service. They will be leaving the Steering Committee. Dan moved that we adopt the proposed slate in one vote. Carole Holmes seconded, it was approved. Dan then moved that we elect the following Steering Committee. Mona Heinz seconded.
Steering Committee for 2014:
Chair: Kristen Morales
Vice Chair: Jerry Daniel
Secretary: Carole Holmes
Treasurer: Mary Beth Gates
Standing Committee Chairs
Member/Finance: James Miller
Newsletter/Publicity: Hillary Brown
Programs/Events: Mona Heinze
Neighborhood Watch: Eric Heil
Preservation/Environmental Quality: Melissa Link
Neighborhood Park/Public Green Space: Dan Lorentz
Steering Committee for 2014 was approved.
Adrian Prelipceanu, who lives just across the railroad tracks in Newtown, asked about support for a “quiet zone” for the loud horns on the trains which pass by so frequently. He said he intends to put out a survey to gauge support for the idea. He was referred to Marci White, who has pursued this issue for BNA in the past. Members present expressed support for the idea but are unsure that it is feasible without more cooperation from CSX railroad.