CHCA Meeting Minutes: May 2008

The meeting of the Crow Hill Community Association, Inc. was held on May 20, 2008 at the Haitian/American Daycare, Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

PRESIDENT’S OPENING:

The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. by Eve Porter.

Ms. Porter opened the meeting with a minute of silence.

MINUTES:

Copies of the April 18, 2008 meeting minutes were distributed to everyone.

DORMITORY AUTHORITY GRANT:

Ms. Porter explained that we were given $250,000 by Dormitory Authority through Roger Green. Some of it was used for planting and other things.

Hakim Jefferies, who replaced Roger Green, promised to look into this and try to reinstate the loan. He hopes to get back to her by the end of May/early June.

Ms. Porter stated that Dormitory Authority did not want the monies to be used to pay for the awnings on Franklin Avenue. The money for the awnings came from the City, Con Edison and Brooklyn Union Gas (KeySpan).

BEDFORD/ATLANTIC ARMORY:

Nina explained that the City is planning to move single homeless men from New York City’s only intake center to the Bedford-Atlantic Armory in Crown Heights.

All elected officials are against this. A press conference is scheduled for June 1st.

Copies of letters addressed to Mayor Bloomberg asking him to abandon this plan were distributed to everyone present at the meeting. The copies are to be returned to Nina. Copies were also distributed at the 77th Precinct Council meeting on Monday, May 12th.

INTRODUCTION OF THE MERCHANTS:

Ms. Porter introduced each merchant and asked that he/she explain their business.

Mr. Eli Mazon – Franklin Avenue/Eastern Parkway Project – Mr. Mazon explained that his project is about to begin. Machinery is due to arrive tomorrow, May 21st and work will begin.

He stated that the approximate time for completion of the project is two years. It is going to be condos or apartments, depending on him receiving the money from the bank. He would like to have four or five commercial offices, so far he has one. He has no plans to bring back Mazon Store, if he does; it is going to be a stylish store, not like the former store.

Ms. Porter asked if there will be affordable housing. He said there will not be any affordable housing because no developer offered to help. He got no support. He said that there will be eight floors, sixty-two units. It will be all luxury apartments. There will be a doorman, parking and an exercise room.

Tony Fisher of Fisher’s Grocery Store (Corner of Franklin Avenue and Lincoln Place) – He said that he is looking to renovate the store during the summer. The store will be closed and reopened in September. He is looking to provide a nice store, nice atmosphere and will be offering organic foods and other things. He is open to suggestions.

He voiced his concerns regarding the economic situation. With the increase in Con Edison and water rates, he would like to know if there are any city programs that can offer discounts to various businesses.

He brought cakes for everyone.

Ike – 767 Franklin Avenue. He is an attorney, specializing in personal injury, real estate and corporate law.

Kevin Phillip – About Time Boutique– He manufactures clothes. He also mentioned that he owns the business, and has stores here and overseas. He manufactures T-Shirts and has a brand named “Krow Hill”.

Mike- Msnap – 721 Franklin Avenue. He is currently running his IT business from this space but will be converting it to something else, possibly a cafe, all suggestions welcome..

Ebita Realty – 676 Franklin Avenue. A real estate business, specializing in rentals, sales and investments. He is open to suggestions.

Lisa – 703 Franklin Avenue. She runs a childcare service for kids from 6 weeks to 12 years. She is licensed for 12 children.

Ms. Jackson – Saje – 710 Franklin Avenue. She stated that she believes in the neighborhood. The vision is there. The hope is there. Business hours are posted on the building. On Wednesday – Jazz; Thursday – Haitian; Friday – Reggae and Saturday – Steel pan. She is trying to accommodate everyone.

Eldon Brown – A Slice of Brooklyn – 685 Franklin Avenue (corner Franklin Avenue and Prospect Place). He said that his Pizzeria is scheduled to open the next day (May 21st). Ricco is his main chef. His hours are 11am to 10pm. He said that the police visited the store and they are willing to work with them.

They brought pizza for everyone.

HAD – Franklin Avenue. Specializing in taxes.

Yafar – 690 Franklin Avenue. He runs a deli.

HAMBURGER HELPER GRANT:

An inquiry into the status of the Hamburger Grant was answered by Nina, who said that apparently it was not given to us, but we can try again.

77TH PRECINCT MEETINGS:

Ms. Porter distributed copies of the Newsletter from the 77th Precinct meeting and pleaded with everyone to attend the meetings which are held on the second Monday of each month. The meetings are very informative and are attended by representatives from various offices. The meetings are held at various locations.

She advised the merchants to sign up for the FTAP Program. “No Loitering” signs can be posted on the businesses so that violators can be arrested.

FINANCIAL REPORT:

Dues were collected in the amount of $475.00.

Ms. Porter informed the merchants that their dues are $125 per year. They can write a check. Donations are also accepted. Payment for the coming year is expected by September.

OTHER:

Stacey appealed to the merchants to fill out the survey because their financial support is needed. She mentioned the planting of flowers and asked if anyone observed the plants.

Ms. Porter stated that June’s meeting will be the last one before the summer. She asked everyone to think of what we can do in September. What each person wants to do.

Ms. Porter thanked everyone for the great attendance and said she hopes it will not be the last one.

ADJOURNMENT/PRAYER:

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

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