Monday, July 02, 2012
The annual Elizabeth Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade is on! Meet at Clement and Bay for a 10:30 a.m. start on Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
A letter from the Affordable Housing Group:
To residents of the Elizabeth neighborhood and other concerned citizens,
With a great deal of regret, Supportive Housing Communities (SHC) and The Affordable Housing Group (TAHG) have decided to put on hold the development of the property at 333 Hawthorne Lane as permanent supportive housing. As we had explained in the community meetings, the funding for development and operation of the proposed facility would come from many different sources. These different funding sources must be coordinated in terms of amount, timing and conditions placed upon the prospective housing development. TAHG and SHC have been and are committed to securing enough funds to make this building all that it needs to be for permanent supportive housing -- a credit to the community, the neighborhood and the residents. In addition, we are committed to obtaining sufficient and ongoing operating support to ensure the long-term maintenance and operation of the building.
Recent discussions with anticipated funding sources, taken in total, have given us concern about the amount and conditions for development and operational funding for the proposed supportive housing. Consequently, our two groups have decided to step back from actively pursuing this development and investigate whether a different financing structure can be devised to create the stable, long-term supportive housing community that we’d envisioned. This is the reason for the cancellation of the community meeting on last Monday evening. The planned community meeting scheduled for May 7 has also been cancelled.
TAHG and SHC sincerely hope to restructure this proposed development to allow it to move forward. If this happens, be assured that the Elizabeth neighborhood will be notified and that we will count on your full involvement.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this (or anything else, for that matter), please give one or both of us a call at the numbers below.
Paul Woollard (980)321-4737
The Affordable Housing Group of North Carolina
Pam Jefsen (704) 335-9380, ext. 25
Supportive Housing Communities
We are appreciative of that understanding, open mindedness, and support that we have received from the Elizabeth community, including Elizabeth Community Association, Elizabeth Communities of Faith, and the Leadership Team from Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School. I hope that I will be talking with you again soon.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Christine Dryden, a friend from neighboring Chantilly, writes:
On May 10, 35 local and regional artists will present the Third Annual Carolina Art Soirée, an art show to benefit The GBS/CIDP Foundation International. Last year, the event raised $30,000 for the foundation and sold over 100 paintings. Organized by Hannah Blanton, a Charlotte nurse and mother who was struck with the rare and severe illness in 2003, the fundraising event aims to raise awareness of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, often causing rapid paralysis.
The Carolina Art Soirée event will be held at Midtown’s Met Terraces, 1110 Metropolitan Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. The reception will include live music from musician Grey Brewster, and food and drink from Vivace, Dressler’s, LaPaz, Zoe’s Kitchen, Hickory Tavern, Pisces Sushi, Delish Cakery, Penny’s Pimento Cheese, Troy & Sons Distilling and Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. Extravaganza Events, Picture House Gallery and Metropolitan are also sponsoring. A suggested donation of $20 per person will be accepted at the door. Valet parking will be provided. The exhibition will continue May 11 from 11 am to 3 pm.
Participating artists include Betsy Alexander, Pam Anderson, Wendy Bilas, Laura Bowers, Dianne Britton, Curt Butler, Zan Byrd, Allison Chambers, Robbie Clair, Theresa Clark, Fonda Doerre, Christina Dowdy, Jenny Fuller, Lita Gatlin, Marcy Gregg, Chris Keogh, Heidi Kirschner, Robert Langford, Dottie Leatherwood, Kevin LePrince, Jennifer Levine, Mike Lewis, Anne Neilson, Windy OConnor, Liz Orvos, Patricia Ratcliffe, Laurie Richardson, Michelle Rivera Kosavek, Caroline Simas, Libby Smart, Gina Strumpf, Amy Sullivan, Kelly Thiel, and Helen Vanvick. The art show will also feature the work of homeless artists from Urban Ministry Center’s ArtWorks 945 program.
333 Hawthorne project on hold
The ECA writes:
Yesterday, Supportive Housing Communities and The Affordable Housing Group notified the Elizabeth Community Association that they are putting the permanent supportive housing project for 333 Hawthorne Lane on hold. The groups asked the ECA to cancel the community meetings scheduled for yesterday and May 7. Due to the current economic climate, a major portion of their anticipated funding is not currently available for this project. SHC and TAHG state that it is unclear whether or not the funding opportunities will be available in the future.
The ECA is not in a position to make further representations on behalf of SHC and TAHG. Questions regarding their decision are best directed to SHC's Executive Director, Pam Jefsen, at 704-335-9380, ext 25. We understand that SHC and TAHG will be sending a letter shortly, which the ECA will post on www.elizabethcommunity.com.
Thank you to all of our Elizabeth neighbors for continuing to be involved and attentive to matters such as this one. Elizabeth cares about its neighbors without a home and will continue to be part of the solution for homelessness by supporting Elizabeth's Caldwell House at Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church and Hawthorne Place at St. John's Baptist Church.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
333 Hawthorne Lane forums
The ECA writes:
Please attend one of three community forums to discuss the proposed 333 Hawthorne Lane permanent supportive housing project:Tuesday, April 24Monday, April 30Monday, May 7All meetings are from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. John’s Baptist Church - Broach Hall (corner of Hawthorne Lane and 5th Street).Representatives from the ECA Board, Supportive Housing Communities, the Affordable Housing Group, and other Elizabeth stakeholders will be in attendance.The format for all three meetings will include a presentation by Supportive Housing Communities and Affordable Housing Group, followed by open Q&A from attendees.You may pre-read the Q&A submitted by Supportive Housing Communities and the Affordable Housing Group, which can be found on the 333 Hawthorne Lane page of the ECA website at www.elizabethcommunity.com.
Cinco de Progressive Dinner
The ECA writes:
We've made it easier to sign up for the Progressive Dinner on May 5. If you've never been to a dinner, see what it's all about here.
Please click here to sign up to attend as a guest or to be a host house for this fun annual event!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Trolley on 7th
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
The ECA writes:
Elizabeth Traditional School's leadership team and PTA have invited the ECA and the Elizabeth Community to participate in an open discussion regarding the proposed permanent supportive housing project near the school. This is the only community meeting currently planned. Please make every effort to attend to have your voice heard.
When: Tues., Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School Auditorium.
What: Discussion regarding the proposed housing project for the old Peak building at 333 Hawthorne Lane.
Who: School PTA, staff, Elizabeth neighborhood, churches, businesses, etc.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Tree falls on 7th
Friday, December 16, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
New orthopaedic hospital in Elizabeth
Well, a replacement actually. Presbyterian Healthcare announced today it's going to ask the state to let it replace the existing orthopaedic hospital with an $84 million new one at the corner of 5th and Caswell. Presbyterian says the new facility will "have 64 acute care beds, 16 transitional care beds for skilled nursing care, 12 dedicated observation beds in a Universal Care Center, and 10 operating rooms." Subject to approval from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation, of course.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Let's band together
The ECA writes:
Mark your calendars for tree banding materials!
When - Nov. 5, 9 a.m to 12 p.m.
Where - 2338 Greenway Ave.
Why? - Those pesky canker worms will start their ascent soon. Time to get the bands on!
More info - For $1 per foot, you will receive tanglefoot, spatula and gloves, batting and tar paper. We will also have staple guns you can borrow.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Britta Crandall at brittacrandall at yahoo.com
ALSO, if you haven't already done so, help the ECA earn $3,000 to help fund tree banding materials (if we get the grant, we can charge even less!). A quick signature stating that you'll spend at least a little time this fall banding trees will earn money for us. Sign-up sheets are posted at:
2400 E. 5th street
1955 E. 8th St
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Help clean up the park
Kristan Magas writes:
The park adoption program is in need of help!
Please consider signing up to volunteer at Independence Park on an upcoming Saturday. We need one or two people for each Saturday to do trash sweeps and then 5-10 people to help on Saturday, Oct. 8 (and every second Saturday of each month), from 9-12 to work with the parks and rec staff on a beautification project in the park. The trash sweeps are on your own and should not take more than an hour for each side of the park. It is a good way for kids to get involved and can be counted as community service for those in middle and high school. These sweeps are really a big help to parks and rec because they don't have the manpower to focus on the little stuff anymore.
This is a year-round project. Sign up for dates that suit you best.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The ECA writes:
The city has offered the ECA up to $3,000 for tree banding this fall, and we need your help! The grant will help the ECA subsidize tree banding materials, making it cheaper for everyone to keep those pesky canker worms at bay. We need a lot of signatures, essentially saying you'll give at least one hour to band trees. This is something we all do anyway, so you don't need to commit to anything extra.
Please stop by one of these front porches to sign your name by October 14:
2338 Greenway Ave -- Crandall residence
2319 Kenmore Ave -- Poole residence
2400 E. 5th St -- Packard residence
1955 E. 8th St -- Holman residence
If you have questions, please email Britta Crandall at: brittacrandall at-sign yahoo.com
Friday, September 09, 2011
The ECA writes:
On Sunday September 11th there will be a ceremony/remembrance presented by the Firefighter Steven Coakley Foundation at the old Fire Station now the Palmer Building on 7th Street. The first bell will ring at 8:30 which is when the first plane struck the World Trade Center. Also there will be an unveiling of a piece of steel from Ground Zero that is a very small piece of an enormous pile of debris and a powerful reminder to “NEVER FORGET”.
On site until the morning of September 13th are two rows of flags that symbolize the Twin Towers with photos that commemorate the life of every person that died that day.