CHCA Meeting Minutes: April 2012

The meeting of the Crow Hill Community Association was held on April 17, 2012, 7:30 PM at The Gospel Tabernacle Church, 725 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

  • President Eve Porter opens the meeting with a welcome to first-time attenders and board introductions.
  • Officers from the 77th Precinct were present to meet with the community. The precinct is located at Bergen & Utica, with another location at Dean & Flatbush.
  • Sergeant Carmacho and Officer Joseph from the precinct introduced themselves to the community and warned that apartment burglaries are on the rise.
  • Laptops and game systems are the main priority for theft.
  • It’s recommended that residents change the locks when they move into a new apartment, because many installed locks for apartments are flimsy.
  • Another recommendation was to reinforce locks on windows.
  • Residents were also advised to be more aware when they exit the subway, instead of immediately opening their phones.
  • You can call the 77th precinct and ask the crime prevention officer to survey your apartment for security issues. 718-735-0634
  • A building owner can sign up for the FTap program, which allows officers to go in the building and ask people if they are residents.
  • Residents can have drinks on the roof of a building if the owner of the building has given permission.
  • The Brooklyn Bike Patrol is a volunteer program is available to escort people home in Brooklyn. Sunday-Thursday 8PM-12AM, Friday & Saturday 8PM-3AM. Call 718-744-7592, brooklynbikepatrol@gmail.com, facebook.com/brooklynbikepatrol,
  • Shalawn Langhorne, vice chair with CB8, talked about the Take Back Our Community (TBOC) initiative. If community members are interested in forming a block association, contact CHCA: chca@crowhillcommunity.org.
  • Board member Sue gave an update on three big real estate projects happening in the neighborhood:
  • The lot at Eastern Parkway & Franklin sold and there is a new rendering of the plans for that space.
  • At Dean & Bergen between Franklin & Classon: 1) The Nassau Brewery complex is getting ready to start phase one of the revocation of the older buildings, resulting in 20 commercial units. 2) A 150 Sq ft warehouse will now be developed into commercial spaces with a beer garden and performance space on the ground floor.
  • If you know somebody who is licensed for construction, electrical work, etc, put them in touch with CHCA and we can make sure the developers of these spaces consider hiring locally.
  • Residents should be proactive about bringing commercial spaces that you want to see in the neighborhood.
  • The Go Green/Go Clean CHCA committee will be doing a cleanup and planting day on Saturday, May 5th. Meet at 10AM – 12 PM, meet at the community garden.
  • SOS is seeking summer internships for their youth program in Crown Heights. If you work in a setting, especially an office setting, please contact SOS.
  • The Lower East Side Ecology Center recycles electronics. In the fall, they will be coming to Crown Heights. More details to come.

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