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.

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 to learn more about past projects, get ideas, view grant details, and download the grant application. Contact KAB at 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.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chestnut Neighborhood Meeting for a ZONING CHANGE at MLK Rail Station


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.)

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.