Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Franklin Gardens Groundbreaking Sept. 26

You are invited to a Groundbreaking Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, to highlight Franklin Gardens, a 22-unit affordable rental housing facility for low-income elderly persons.

Nearly three years ago the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (CNRC) analyzed the market and found that senior affordable housing is one of the biggest market demands. CNRC then created the vision for this project, sought the funding and will be the developer and owner of the project.

The development is the Franklin Gardens Senior Housing facility. The City contributed $1 million toward the project in the form of a Rental Housing Development Assistance program loan using GO Bond proceeds. NHCD is working with Sarah Andre, S2A Development Consulting, to coordinate the ceremony.

-Saturday, Sept. 26

-Time: 11 a.m.

-Location: Site of the development at the corner of East MLK and EM Franklin -Participants include Reverend Joseph C. Parker, project sponsors/donors -A small reception will follow a short news conference and photo opportunity


Project Background:

The facility will be on 1.02 acres currently owned by the City of Austin/Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) and located at the corner of East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and E. M. Franklin Avenue.

The property was City of Austin surplus property that was transferred to the AHFC for the development of affordable housing. To facilitate its development, the AHFC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in April 2007. A $1M Rental Housing Development Assistance program loan using GO Bond proceeds was approved by the AHFC Board on 4/30/09.

The property is owned by AHFC and is leased to Chestnut NRC for the development of the 22-unit HUD Sec 202 grant-funded elderly project. AHFC will retain ownership of the land and CNRC will own the improvements. Closing of the HUD grant and AHFC funds is scheduled for this Tuesday, 9/15.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Join in a Multicultural Conversation Sept. 17

MICE (which stands for Multicultural Inclusive Conversation Experiment) meets on a monthly basis to talk about east Austin's multicultural community. The experiment has been held 3 times since the Weed and Seed "Stand up and Be Counted" meeting last May. Open to anyone interested in continuing conversations about multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion on the east side!

The next date is Thurs. Sept. 17 at 6:45 pm @ the Marvin Griffin Bldg on 1009 E. 11th St (bottom floor). For more information contact Sue Kasun (305-3854) or

Sunday, September 6, 2009

CANA Elections are coming up!

CANA will hold its next election for officers in October! We will be voting on a new President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Outreach Coordinator. Please email if you are considering running for office!

Below are the descriptions of the officers' duties from the CANA bylaws:

Article VI. Officers (For Upcoming Elections!)
Officers. The officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice-President,
Secretary and Treasurer.
Duties. The duties and responsibilities of officers shall be:
President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership. The
President shall, with the Secretary, be responsible for developing agendas for the
meeting and notifying the Vice President in order that the phone captains can relay
agenda topics. The President shall be the principal representative of the
Association but may designate duties as required.
Vice-President: The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President as
necessary. The Vice-President shall be responsible for providing required meeting
notices and notifying the phone captains of agenda topics. The Vice-President shall
be responsible for sending cards to the ill and/or hospitalized association members
as authorized by the President. The Vice-President shall also be responsible for
the distribution of neighborhood fliers. The Vice-President shall be responsible
for the Holiday gift basket program to our elderly and indigent neighbors.
Secretary: The Secretary shall keep a complete record of all actions (including a
separate list of policies and bylaws) of meetings. The Secretary shall also be
responsible for reviewing action items at the end of each meeting, and shall also
provide copies of minutes and agendas at the beginning of each meeting for the
membership in attendance. At the annual meeting, the Secretary shall report the
current number of enrolled members and distribute a membership roster.
Treasurer: The Treasurer shall maintain an Association savings account or leger,
collect and disburse funds including dues as authorized by the Association, account
for Association assets, and report at each regular meeting on Association finances.
At the annual meeting, the Treasurer shall provide a report on the total revenue
received during the previous year and the total expenditures during the previous
year. It is recommended that the Treasurer also propose a budget for the upcoming
year at the annual meeting.
Election and Term of Office. The officers of C.A.N.A. shall be elected annually at
the annual meeting while a quorum is present. If the election of officers is not
held at such meeting, such election shall be held, as soon thereafter as is
convenient while a quorum is present. Each officer shall take office immediately
upon being elected. Each officer shall hold office until his or her successor has
been duly elected and qualifies or until his or her death, resignation, or removal.
Officers may be re-elected.

East Side Fair

East Side Fair

Celebrating Safer Stronger Community

The East Austin Rotary Club and East Austin Weed and Seed Community Initiative are organizing a community collaborative for an annual block party taking place in Eastside neighborhoods and intersections that have the potential to become cultural epicenters through beautification and increased business and community activity. As our premier festival, we are planning a block party at the corner of 12th and Chicon in April 2010, featuring local businesses, music, community performances, food, and art that highlight the unique world cultures represented in East Austin. The centerpiece of the event is the unveiling of an outdoor art piece that will beautify as well as highlight the unique historic and cultural significance of the place.

We aim to create an environment where Eastside neighborhoods, businesses, and residents can come together and celebrate all things East Austin, nurture neighborhood pride, and empower the people of this community to beautify and enjoy their public spaces.

We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about East Austin to help organize this festival. We are in particular need of experienced leadership roles and recommendations. If you would like more information about this event or are interested in helping an any way, please visit our website or join us at our of our weekly planning meetings. All experience levels and ideas welcome.

Weekly meetings are every Friday from Noon to 1pm at the Central East Austin APD Substation located at 812 Springdale Rd. 78702 in the conference room. For more information and to join our mailing list, visit us at Download .pdf with more information at