CHCA Meeting Minutes: September 2010

The meeting of the Crow Hill Community Association, Inc. was held on September 21, 2010 at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

PRESIDENT’S OPENING 7:35 PM:

Ms Porter gave the opening prayer an thanked Mike for having us here at LaunchPad. She also thanked Garnett for all that she is doing for the merchants.

Ms. Porter asked the young people to stand and welcomed them for being here.

Garnett thanked the community for the Kids Day event and discussed the activities! $5000 was raised to cover the expenses and About Time is planning a bigger event for next year.

Sarah Taylor spoke, gave some history of CHCA and thanked the community

Leticia James spoke about the success of the mural project and how it brought together all different ethnic backgrounds to create a masterpiece!

Stacey spoke about the community garden, how it began by putting a lock on the gates to keep people from continuing to use it as a dumping ground and how it has turned into an oasis with flowers & veggies. The effort has brought new people to CHCA, she recognized some of the gardeners in the audience.

Nina spoke about our landmarking effort: 13 buildings on Park Place have been calendared for approval this fall.  She also recognized Alexandra Kelly’s contribution to the 25th Anniversary celebrations:  Listen To This: an oral history project now archived at LaunchPad.

Susan spoke about the success of the mural project and the enjoyment of all the kids who came out to paint. It was voiced that there could have been some artwork that reflected the history of the community.

Ms. Porter informed audience of the 77th Precinct Community Council meetings: they are held on the 2nd Monday of each month, the location rotates throughout the community. She emphasized the importance of calling 311, 911 and the precinct (Capt. Capocci) if you have public safety concerns. Ms. Porter spoke about the continued escalation of burglaries in the area: she encouraged residents to keep windows, especially on fire escapes, locked.

Garnett handed out cards to collect anonymous complaints about undesirable activities in the community. Ms. Porter spoke about crime and encouraged all to tell the truth about what they see and what they would like to see change. Anonymous complaints only.

Nina spoke about the status of the intake center at the Bedford Atlantic Armory; Marty Markowitz has committed money for a rec center and has promised the community will have a voice in its use.  CBAAR (Coalition for Bedford Atlantic Armory Reform) has formed to continue to address the situation.

Questions from the audience… 

What is going on with the vacant lot on Franklin & Eastern Pkwy?
Construction stopped because banks stopped lending. Large stores like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS have expressed interest but the community will not want something that will drive small businesses out.

Can anything be done about the Pawn Shop trying to come to the community?

It will be brought to CB8’s attention

Habitat for Humanity presented information on affordable home possibilities that they are developing affordable housing in the Bronx & Bed Stuy: http://www.habitatnyc.org/own_apply.html

Panamanian Day Parade: A member from the Panamanian community announced the upcomin parade on 10/9 and invited the community to attend, There was mention of the co-naming of Franklin Avenue. Ms. Porter stated that street naming is for individuals not for countries but that the Association has been opposed to co-naming Franklin Avenue.

Nina ran down the 4 committees which interested community members can volunteer for:

  1. merchant/economic development/fund raising
  2. general projects & outreach
  3. go green go clean
  4. public safety

Susan asks for interested people to help with a kids Halloween celebration for the children.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

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