Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Upcoming Meeting for New Community Garden at MLK Rail Station

Hi All,

If you’re receiving this message, it is because you have expressed interest in helping with the planning and organizing of the MLK Community Garden, which will be created by and for your community adjacent to Sustainable Food Center’s new training facility (at the M Station MetroRail Station). Thank you for your interest in this project!

This project has been on hold for the past several months due to barriers related to land access and city permitting, but we are now ready to move forward. If all goes as planned, city permits will be approved in time for a groundbreaking event in May 2012, and first planting in the fall of 2012!

The preliminary garden design, which was created based on input from many of you at a Community Discussion in June of 2010, is on paper, but the most important aspects of this brand-new community garden have yet to be planned. This is an exciting juncture, and this is where you come in!

The goals of this Community Leaders Meeting will be:

1) To begin to establish leadership/planning team for the garden
2) To bring the garden community (you) up to speed on the project progress/timeline
3) To strategize about how to engage the broader community (to recruit more leaders & gardeners)

We will also establish a regular date and time for monthly meetings moving forward.

If you know of others who you think would be interested in helping to bring this community garden to fruition, please pass this invitation along to them!

If you have any questions, please contact me. If you would like to be removed from this contact list, please let me know.

Best,
Sari

Chestnut NPCT meeting to discuss CNRC development at 13th and Chicon

Hello NPCT,

I hope the holidays are treating everyone well.

I'm calling a meeting to discuss the proposed developments at 13th and Chicon by the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corp. The CNRC has proposed a three building development around 13th and Chicon. Two of the buildings would be within the Chestnut NPCT planning area. The CNRC is in the process of requesting zoning changes and although we haven't received official notice of the zoning change for the property within our area, I wanted to meet with the CNRC to discuss the proposed development.

The meeting will be on:

Monday, Dec 19th, 2011
6:30-8:00pm
David Chapel, Portable Building


I am going to do my best to invite members of the surrounding neighborhoods as well, since this development affects us all.

Also, since we have not received official city notice of the proposed zoning change to the property within our planning area, we will not take a vote on whether to endorse the zoning change or not at this meeting.

I hope to see everyone there. Best wishes and cheers!

Greg Goeken
Chair
Chestnut NPCT

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cherrywood Art Fair (12/10 & 12/11)

Cherrywood Art Fair is an art filled two-day event showcasing local artists, live music and great food, as well as activities for children in a FREE, family-friendly environment.
Now in its 10th year with more than 100 artists, Cherrywood Art Fair has established itself as one of the premiere art fairs in Austin!

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maplewood Elementary School
3808 Maplewood Avenue
Austin, Texas 78722
located at the corner of 38 1/2 Street and Maplewood Avenue.


ABOUT VOLUNTEERING-----

Dear East Austin Neighbors-

We need your help to pull off the fabulous Cherrywood Art Fair. This year we
are better than ever, which means we need more folks willing to donate 2
hours of their time.

Our 10th anniversary fair is on December 10 and 11, from 10 to 5. I know you
are coming to shop anyway, so why not come two hours earlier or stay two
hours later, and volunteer?

It's hard to believe this little neighborhood art show is 10 years old, and
has grown to over 100 artists, with live music, great food, and a continuous
good vibe!

Can't do it without YOU, though. Please go to
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E49AEAB29A13-cherrywood to sign up, or
email me off-list and I'll hook you up with the right folks. We can also use
your help on Friday night to set up or Sunday night to close down.

Many thanks!

Jane Walton

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CANA Winter Potluck

The annual Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association Winter Potluck will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday December 8 at the New Hope Baptist Church, 2405 E. 16th. Everyone is welcome. Please invite your neighbors and bring something to share.

Help Plant Trees in Boggy Creek 12/3

Dear neighbors,
Austin Parks and Rec needs volunteers to plant tree seedlings in the nearby Boggy Creek Greenbelt. Please join us, learn more and sign up on the volunteer list, which is on this link:

best regards,
Bryan Parsons
McKinley Heights neighbor

Below is the basic description from Austin Parks and Rec's website:.

Angela H.
Boggy Creek Greenbelt, TX 78702
United States
12/03/2011 9:00 AM-12:00 PM CST

Ready, Set, Plant - Dec 3, Boggy Creek Greenbelt
Between drought, invasive species and habitat degradation, Austin's parks and natural areas have taken a beating. Help us restore native tree and shrub diversity by planting small tree seedlings.
We will provide the trees and shovels. You provide the smiles, muscle-power, and gloves (if you have them).
This event is one of many tree seedling plantings. Please consider signing up for more. All events are tentative based on weather and soil moisture. We will send out an email on the Monday prior to the event to let you know if it's still a "go"
The rain-less dates for this event are December 10 or 17 or January 7

Neighborhood Fires...

The fire department has reported two illegal fires in the alley between cedar and singleton between 16th and 17th. If you have any information please report to 311 or cana.austin[@] gmail.com

Monday, October 3, 2011

National Night Out - Oct 4th

Come out to the neighborhood potluck this Tuesday from 6-8. It is part of National Night Out. There will be a bounce house, raffle, medical screening, and all of your neighbors! It will be held at the Chestnut Park at the corner of Chestnut and 16th Street.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Open Door Preschool Info Session This Thursday

Hello Neighbors,


The new Open Door Preschool being built at M Station will be opening its doors at the end of October and is now enrolling students from ages infancy to kindergarten. If you are interested in learning more about this local non-profit in the neighborhood and would like to enroll your child, please attend their upcoming information session. The information session will be this Thursday, Sept 29th, from 6-7pm at the leasing office of M Station (north side of MLK near Clifford Ave).


Thanks,

Sam


Please see below for more information.

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About Open Door Preschool

In 1975 an Austin couple searched in vain for an early childhood education program that would accept both of their children, a toddler with Down syndrome and his preschool aged sister. Determined to educate both children together, they founded Open Door Preschool with the mission to nurture and inspire young children of diverse needs, economic levels, and family backgrounds in an engaging educational environment.

Open Door at M Station is located on E. MLK, across from the light rail station,

as part of Foundation Communities’ new affordable housing community.

Our state-of-the art building will serve residents of M Station Apartments as well as the wider community. We hope to open at the end of October, 2011. We will serve seventy children from infancy to kindergarten-age.

Open Door at M Station will adhere to NAEYC accreditation standards (our current schools are both accredited, the gold standard in the field). Our hours are Monday-Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Spaces are filling quickly so we urge you to check in with us soon if you are interested.

For more information

www.opendoorpreschool.org

or contact Sarah Jane

sarahjane [at] opendoorpreschool.org

Monday, September 26, 2011

Neighborhood Night Out (Oct 4th in Chestnut Park)

Come one! come all! Come out and socialize with all of your neighbors!

The Chestnut neighborhood association will be holding its fall neighborhood potluck on Tuesday Oct 4th at the Chestnut Park (corner of 16th and chestnut). Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share.

There will be raffle for prizes, a bounce house, and free medical screenings. Please come out and support your neighborhood!

Hope to see you there!

Keep your eyes out for the Chestnut Newsletter

The latest Chestnut newsletter should be at your front door within the week.

We would like to thank the neighborhood business who sponsored the newsletter:

1. Peoplefund -- They are a local non profit that provide loans, business resources, and training.

2. Longhorn Meat -- The neighborhood butcher providing all sizes and cuts of meat.

3. Hearts and Robots Hair Studio -- A new hair studio offering discounts to neighborhood residents.

Next time you go to one of these businesses thank them for supporting the Chestnut neighborhood.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Please Submit Articles for the Upcoming Newsletter

The Chestnut neighborhood is looking for articles for the upcoming newsletter. Anything is able to be submitted as long as it pertains to the neighborhood, city of austin, or local residents. Please submit articles before the upcoming CANA meeting on Sept 17th. You can either bring a hard copy to the meeting or email your articles to CANA.AUSTIN [at] GMAIL [dot] com.

We are also looking for neighborhood sponsors. If you would like to place a business card sized advertisement for $25, please email CANA.AUSTIN [at] GMAIL [dot] com.

We will be publishing and delivering our quarterly Neighborhood newsletter in the last Week of September.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

City of Austin Community Fair on July 16th

City of Austin to host Community Meet-and-Greet to provide information on variety of services

The City of Austin Human Resources Department will host a Community Meet-and-Greet to present information on a range of services for veterans, the disabled and those looking for affordable housing or needing advice if facing certain forms of discrimination.

This community event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 16 at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St., in East Austin.

The goal of this community outreach effort is to highlight and share information on the Equal Employment Fair Housing Office, the City of Austin Veterans, American's With Disabilities services, the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development; and the Small Business Development Program of the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services. Other participating agencies include Austin Free-Net; VSA Texas, the State organization on arts and disability; the Human Rights Commissionl; U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs; and the Texas Veterans Commission.

“This is a chance to tell the community who we are and what programs are available to meet their needs,” Human Resources Director Mark Washington said. “It’s an opportunity for one-on-one conversation with agency representatives.”

Those attending will get information on:

  • Employment and Housing discrimination
  • The rights for veterans and those with disabilities
  • The City of Austin Human Rights Commission

Neighborhood Housing will introduce an affordable housing opportunity that includes 12 new homes available for $110,000 at 0% interest with no money down to buyers who meet program guidelines.

Attendees will also learn about how to obtain financing for start-up or existing small business.

For more information, call Tony Robertson, Administrator, Equal Employment/Fair Housing Office at (512) 974-3459.

Contact:
Patricia Fraga, Communications and Public Information Office, (512) 974-2969 Patricia.fraga@ci.austin.tx.us
Communications and Public Information Office, (512) 974-2220

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June 18th: Election Runoff, Juneteenth, and No CANA Meeting

Hello All,
June 18th is a busy day:

1) Its the runoff election for a city council seat between Randi Shade and Kathie Tovo. Go out to our local precinct voting station at the David Chapel, corner of Chestnut and MLK (2211 MLK), and vote!

2) Austin Juneteenth Celebration. There will be 2k Walk/Run, a beauty Pagent
Here are the events:



a) 2K Freedom Run/Walk, 9:30am, Comal St. and MLK Blvd
Join family, friends, neighbors, community organizations & businesses at this highly visible, very powerful event that will raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of health disparities within the African-American community
b) Juneteenth Historical Parade ,10am, Comal St. and MLK Blvd
A great tradition for the whole family...
c)
Park Celebration, Noon - 9pm Rosewood Park - 1182 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Kids Area Rides and Games…R&B, Blues, Hip-Hop, Gospel…

3) There will be NO monthly CANA meeting.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monthly CANA Meeting (5/21)

Come on down to monthly meeting of Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association (CANA) this Saturday at 10am, at the New Hope Baptist Church.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Yellow Bike Project Birthday Party

YBP's Birthday Party! - Mark your calendars for the social event of the season! Saturday, May 14, 4pm-midnight! 14 years! First anniversary of our permanent home at 1216 Webberville! So much to celebrate!

Come on out to the shop for a day of FREE fun for everyone. And when we say fun for everyone, believe us, we really mean it. For children, we've got the best birthday present ever - 50 free kids' bikes for the first 50 kids! For the whole family, we've got contra-dancing - think square dancing, but not so L-7. For grown-ups, we've got cold refreshment courtesy of Real Ale. For hungry Texans, we've got barbecue from Ruby's. For eardrums, we've got Hex Dispensers, Mole People, Bike Problems, the Vommettes, and Cominatcha.

Not enough excitement for you? We're also going to be raffling off every utilitarian cyclist's dream - a one-of-a-kind cargo bike, hand-built by Bike Zoo wizard Jeremy Rosen!

Raffle tickets are $10 each. You can purchase them in advance by clicking here. Come on out to the shop and help us make this the best birthday ever!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Keep Austin Beautiful Grants

The below message is from Keep Austin Beautiful Grant... If anyone has suggestions on how to improve the neighborhood, please post a comment or email CANA.austin [at] gmail [dot] com.
Thanks,

Keep Austin Beautiful Grants

Is all of the spring greenery inspiring creative ideas for ways to beautify our community? Turn those dreams into reality by applying for a KAB Neighborhood Beautification Grant. This is your chance to improve public space: reintroduce native plants to your neighborhood's creek, remove graffiti, create a habitat garden, showcase local artwork in a pocket park, line your street with trees, and so much more. Keep dreaming but APPLY NOW, grant applications are due by 5pm on Friday, June 24th. Grants range from $500-$2500 and must be used within one year from the date the award is announced.

Visit www.KeepAustinBeautiful.org/NBG to learn more about past projects, get ideas, view grant details, and download the grant application. Contact KAB at Jessica@KeepAustinBeautiful.org or 512.391.0622 for more information.

Neighborhood Needs your Input on Neighorhood Improvements

The Chestnut neighborhood is updating its Neighborhood plan and Capitol Improvement Plan. This process is done every three years and is used by the City of Austin to identify the wants and needs of our neighborhood.

If you have any suggestions of neighborhood improvements (ie: sidewalks, traffic calming, street lights, landscapes) please send your ideas to CANA.austin [at] gmail [dot] com. The last day to submit your ideas is May 5th.

Hope to hear from you!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Cajun/ Soul/ Fusion Food at the Shopper Stop, 14th and Cedar

hi neighbors,

i want to spread the news that there is a new food operation inside our neighborhood convenience store, the shopper stop at 14th & cedar ave.
it's called ninja voodoo, and the owner mark is very friendly & eager to get the word out about his offerings.

javi & i tried a sampling of many of his dishes yesterday and it's all delicious! he offers a mix of cajun/creole foods, asian dishes, and his own fusions.
we had some dishes w/ meat, & some that were all veggie & vegan. (the asian noodles w/ mushrooms & apple kimchi were my favorites).
he will also be serving home made snowcones when it heats up w/ such flavors as cafe du monde w/ milk & sweet tea w/ lemon. yum!
i let him know about the newsletter, that one just came out & it will be a while before the next issue. so, just trying to spread the word here.
go by and try it out.
-chia
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Chestnut Neighborhood Meeting for a ZONING CHANGE at MLK Rail Station

Neighbors,

The Chestnut Neighborhood Plan Contact Team, with help from the Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association, is holding a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 6 to 7:30 pm, to discuss a zoning change request.

A developer wants to build a skilled nursing facility at 17th and Miriam, near the commuter rail station and within the MLK transit-oriented district. The developer wants to change the zoning on part of a tract from Commercial Mixed Use to Live-Work-Flex.

date: APRIL 20, 2011
time: 6–7:30 PM
place: Calvin Hall, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Avenue. Look for signs directing you to the building entrance and room.

The zoning change request will be considered by the City of Austin Planning Commission on Tuesday, April 26.

We invite you to attend this meeting and learn more about the proposed development and its potential impact on the MLK Station area.

PLEASE NOTE: We plan to decide whether to support or oppose the zoning change request at Wednesday's meeting. We hope to reach a decision by consensus. However, if consensus cannot be reached and we must take a vote, only those people who are eligible to vote according to the Chestnut NPCT bylaws will be able to cast a vote. Eligibility to vote entails living in the neighborhood and having attended at least one prior meeting of the Chestnut NPCT; the only exception is people who live within 500 feet of the proposed development, who are entitled to vote on this case regardless of whether they have attended a Chestnut NPCT meeting. Only one vote per household.

Please feel free to invite other neighbors to this meeting.

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Sarah Searcy
Chair, Chestnut Neighborhood Plan Contact Team

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Upcoming CANA and NPCT team meeting this Saturday at 10.00am and 11.30am

Please come out to the monthly Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association (CANA) meeting this Saturday (4/16) at a 10.00am.

After the CANA meeting there will be the quarterly Chestnut Neighborhood Plan and Contact Team (NPCT) meeting at 11.30am.

Both meetings are at New Hope Baptist Church, 2405 E. 16th St. We will not be in our normal room on the first floor, but will be upstairs.


On the NPCT agenda for this meeting:

1) Reviewing / updating the Chestnut Neighborhood Plan priorities. (The City has asked us to report on how many of the priority items from our plan have been completed, how many remain, and how we want to prioritize those that remain.

2) Developing a communications protocol for Chestnut NPCT business.

3) Updates on NPCT business, past, present, and future.

4) Discussion of the neighborhood survey effort

5) Updates on the City's comprehensive planning process, Imagine Austin

Hope to see everyone there! Please invite your neighbors, too.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cherrywood Plant & Book Swap - Sat (4/2) 9am to 12pm

Join our neighbors to the north in their annual plant and book swap:

Cherrywood Plant & Book Swap (FREE)
Saturday April 2, 2011
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Cherrywood Green (located at E. 34th St. and Cherrywood Rd.)

Notes:
Join us for the 13th installment of the Swap. Bring plants and/or books. There will be a performance by the Maplewood Elementary School Uke Choir. Master Gardeners in attendance. Please tell your friends.

http://www.jackdarby.com/plantswap/PlantSwap.php

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Help Clean Up Chestnut Park on April 9th, Sat at 9am to 11am

Its that time again.. time to Keep Austin Beautiful.

Come down to our neighborhood park, Chestnut Park, and join the neighborhood in cleaning up, weeding, and mulching our great little park. The work day will be Saturday, April 9th, from 9 am to 11 am at the corner of 16th street and Chestnut. Come out support your neighborhood and your local park!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

E-Waste Drive at UT on April 9th

Dispose of E-Waste properly on April 9th!

The e-Waste drive is an annual event put on by UT students in association with Goodwill and the Dell Reconnect Program to collect electronic waste from the community, reusing what can be reused and disposing of the rest properly.

Here are the event details:
Date: April 9, 2011
Time: 9 AM - 2 PM
Location: UT Parking Lot 53 located at approx. 2922 San Jacinto, across the street from Sao Paulo's Restaurante (the entrance is a bridge). Map: http://tinyurl.com/eWasteDrive2011
Purpose: To recycle household electronic waste
Items Accepted: Computers, DVD/VCR Players, Cables and Wires, Fax Machines, MP3 Players, Cell Phones, Scanners, Printers, Copiers, and Gently Used Televisions
Items Not Accepted: Non-computer plastics, Hazardous materials, University property, Ferrous materials, Paper or wood, Refrigerators, and Household appliances

Friday, March 4, 2011

Opening House at Franklin Gardens this Saturday (3/5)

Dear Chestnut Neighbors,

Please join us this Saturday, March 5th from 10-1130am for the Open House celebration of Franklin Gardens, our award-winning senior affordable housing complex. The address is 3522 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Austin, TX 78721 (at the corner of MLK and EM Franklin - 1 mile east of Airport Blvd).

The Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (CNRC) was created out of the original Chestnut Neighborhood Plan, created in the late 1990s. Franklin Gardens is our first multi-unit project, and it turned out great.

I hope you can join us. We will have light refreshments, an opening ceremony, and lots of vegetables and herbs to plant in our fantastic courtyard garden.

Best regards,
Sean Garretson
President, Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Cap Metro Rail Service on the Weekends in March

Capital Metro is providing special MetroRail service every Friday night and two Saturdays in March, so if you haven't had a chance to ride the rail from our neighborhood, now is your chance!

Follow the link for the Friday and Saturday Schedule:
http://www.capmetro.org/metrorail/special-service.asp

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Monthly CANA Meeting this Saturday (2/19)

Our monthly neighborhood meeting is this Saturday (2/19) at 10am at the New Hope Baptist Church. We will be discussing the upcoming newsletters, TAP, and more.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Volunteer this Saturday (1/29) to help the build a Community Garden at MLK Rail Station

Sustainable Food Center is creating its headquarters, which will include a new program center and community and teaching gardens, at the new MLK MetroRail Station near MLK and Airport. Our headquarters and the gardens will be part of a new "nonprofit village" to include PeopleFund, Theater Action Project, and SFC, and a neighborhood park, to include a skate park, a new stretch of hike and bike trail, and more. This is a truly exciting project for us, and the community and teaching gardens will be the first element of SFC's portion to be created. Since the community garden will truly belong to the community (residents, organizations, and institutions in surrounding neighborhoods), we are looking for involvement and help spreading the word from you!

Last June, the MLK garden design team and SFC hosted an open house and community discussion where we received valuable input about how the garden should be designed and used. Over the past several months, we've been hard at work integrating this input into a design that fits the landscape and incorporates desired programmatic elements, but still leaves room for flexibility and community input. We're now ready to enter the land preparation stage—this means clearing unwanted brush, amending the soil, planting cover crops, and more—and we wanted to invite you all to be involved in the process.

Want to get involved, and want a sneak preview of the garden site? On Saturday, January 29th, from 9 am - 1 pm, we’ll be hosting the first of a series of volunteer workdays to clear the community garden site of brush and prepare it for sheet composting, which will be used to enrich the existing soil in preparation for planting (our goal for a first planting for the garden is the spring of 2012). You are cordially invited to lend a hand, and we’d be much obliged if you could help us spread the word and recruit helpers (who might eventually become community gardeners) for this, and future, workdays!

If you would like to lend a hand on the 29th, or if you can't make it, but would like more information about this project, please contact Sari at sari [AT] sustainablefoodcenter.org. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, since we have more details for you, and since this way we’ll know how many people to expect. Please bring gloves and wear long pants and closed-toed shoes, as there is scrubby brush and some poison ivy at this site.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Monthly CANA Meeting (2/19)

Our next monthly neighborhood meeting is Saturday (2/19) at 10am at the New Hope Baptist Church. Please attend. More info on the agenda as the date approaches.

Join the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation Board and Help Plan the Neighborhood

The Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (CNRC) is seeking nominations for new board members. The CNRC was formed to implement several key areas of the Chestnut Neighborhood Plan completed in the late 1990s. Our primary focus is on creating and sustaining affordable housing. We have built several single family homes, and just completed a 22-unit senior affordable housing project (corner of MLK and EM Franklin). We are now focused on our next projects, and hope to have a strategic planning retreat in March to develop a clear focus for our 2011-2012 plan of work.

CNRC meets once per month (3rd Tuesday of every month from 6-7pm), and then have subcommittees who meet outside the regular board meetings to focus on specific initiatives such as land aquisition, small business creation, and fundraising. We have one staff person who we contract with, but we rely heavily on board participation. We have three positions open on our board, and are seeking individuals who want to make an impact on the Chestnut neighborhood. If you are looking to just show up once a month and put this on your resume...then this opportunity is not for you. If you are looking to be active and impactful, engage others in the neighborhood, and bring your creative ideas then we want to hear from you.

We also need to have a diverse board of residents and business owners, consisting of varying ethnic backgrounds and income levels. If you are interested or know someone who is, please send an email stating your interests and qualifications/backgroun to the CNRC board President, Sean Garretson at sean [@] pegasusplanning.com


Please submit your interests by February 4, 2011 and mark your calendar to attend our next board meeting on February 15th.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Local Grocery Store Collective Wants Your Input...

My name is Nicholas Arthur, and I am writing you as a current member of a small collective that is working hard to start a worker-owned neighborhood grocery and general store on the east side. We are calling it, Foundation Foods Grocery and General Store.

We are currently in the start-up/research stage of the project piecing together a business plan and conducting a feasibility study. We are contacting you and your neighbors to see if you would be interested in sharing with us your opinions/ideas/concerns, and helping us develop a place that is truly a creation of the community. We have composed a brief presentation and we would love the opportunity to share it at your next meeting. We have also put together a survey to distribute either online or on good old pencil and paper. Our goal is for this future establishment to be more than just a grocery store. It will be a place where people come together for the love of food and the love of life. It will be an active and vibrant community center and a launch pad for projects and ideas.

We feel that when it comes to fresh food, East Austin has been neglected in recent years. It is high time there was a grocery store that offered a selection of food that promotes and encourages a healthy, happy lifestyle. It is vital to our mission that Foundation Foods will, in the long run, be shaped and operated by many people, and tightly woven into the community that it will be serving.

In order to accomplish this we are looking to develop relationships now, in the early phases of this project, and we need to hear your voice.

I have included our mission statement below, and attached a copy of our one pager and survey for your review. Also link to the online version of our survey here: english: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/foundationfoods_english
spanish: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/foundationfoods_espanol

Thank You,
Nicholas Arthur
Foundation Foods
Grocery and General Store
A worker-owned cooperative
Austin,TX

Quartly Chestnut Planning and Contact Team - This Saturday (1/15)

After our normal CANA meeting, we will hold our quarterly Chestnut Neighborhood Planning and Contact Team (NPCT) meeting. We will discuss neighborhood zoning and board of adjustment cases. Please stay after the CANA meeting to learn more...

January CANA Meeting - Saturday 1/15

Our monthly neighborhood meeting is this Saturday (1/15) at 10am at the New Hope Baptist Church. We will be discussing the upcoming newsletters, permanent supportive housing on 12th street, and more.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Austin Chronicle Article about 12th Street and our Neighborhood

Follow the link to a December 17th article in the Austin Chronicle about our neighborhood and permanent supportive housing.