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Pettaway Neighborhood Association Opposes Paradise Group LLC Planned Zoning Development (2020 Vance Street – formerly Job Corps Building and Red Carpet Inn)
The following letter outlining Pettaway Neighborhood Association opposition to the Paradise Group LLC Planned Zoning Development (2020 Vance Street, Little Rock – formerly the Job Corps Building and Red Carpet Inn) was to submitted Little Rock Planning Commission. Please note a Public Hearing on the Paradise Group LLC proposed Planned Zoning Development will take place 4pm, Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Board of Directors Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall. Please attend your support is needed.
Little Rock Planning Commission
Department of Planning and Development
City of Little Rock
723 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
re: Pettaway community opposition to Paradise Group LLC Planned Zoning Development (2020 Vance Street, Little Rock)
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association (PNA) voted at its May 16, 2013 association meeting to oppose the Paradise Group LLC application for a planned zoning development request for change of classification from C-3 District to PZD as submitted.
The community’s major concern regarding the Paradise Group LLC planned zoning development is sustainability.
At a public forum held at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School on March 2, 2013, residents asked Paradise Group LLC to share their business and community engagement plan. To date the Paradise Group LLC has failed to share their solid business and community engagement plan with our community the very place where this proposed planned development will be housed. We know of no letters or confirmed intent of support from Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or Transitional Youth Services (TYS) or any other organizations or entities that would directly impact the specific services being provided to these pregnant teens.
Presently, the property at 2020 Vance Street has remained vacant and a nuisance for a number of years. This boarded and dilapidated historic structure is visible from Interstate 30 and has proved to be a hardship for those residents whose homes are in close proximity to this structure.
It has been the expressed wish of the PNA that the structure be demolished. However, if the structure is to be rehabilitated, the PNA requests proof that the proprietors have a solid business and community engagement plan to ensure the sustainability of whatever business is housed in this particular structure.
The Pettaway community along with MacArthur Park Historic District and the Main Street corridor is experiencing growth. People are moving in, buying vacant lots, restoring older historic homes, and building new structures. This growth is directly related to the sustained community effort to embrace community by making it safe, clean and supporting one another in our desire to live in a vibrant downtown. As much as the residents would like a positive and effective planned development at 2020 Vance Street (like the new Children’s Library in the 12th Street corridor) we want to make sure that the property is not left vacant again after a short period of use.
For these reasons, we reject the Paradise Group LLC proposed planned development and subsequent request for change of zoning classification as submitted.
Pettaway Neighborhood Association
May 16, 2013, the third Thursday of the month, is the Pettaway Neighborhood Association monthly community meeting. Come on out and meet your neighbors, gain new resources, find out what’s happening, make friends. The meeting starts at 6:00pm and will be held in the East Broadway Alert Center at the corner of 21st Street and Commerce.
We’re looking forward to seeing you.
We’re having our monthly community meeting 6 p.m. tonight at the East Broadway Alert Center (500 East 21st Street, Little Rock, AR 72206). The Pettaway Neighborhood Association Meetings are a wonderful way to meet your neighbors, hear community concerns, issues, events, good things and get involved. We are looking forward to seeing you.
Pettaway Neighborhood Association Meets 6pm, Thursday, March 21st. at the East Broadway Alert Center
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly neighborhood association meeting open to all residents of Pettaway community, their families and friends on March 21, 2013, 6pm at the East Broadway Alert Center. The Pettaway N.A. meets on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm. This meeting will take place in the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st Street (at the corner of Commerce Street).
Come find out what is happening in and around your community. Meet your neighbors. We look forward to seeing you.
Keep Little Rock Beautiful will host its fourth annual city-wide cleanup March 9, 2013.
The nonprofit organization promotes litter pickup, recycling, city beautification and community improvement. The cleanup will take place in conjunction with similar events across the country in march for the Great American Cleanup, which involves an estimated 3 million volunteers throughout the nation.
Little Rock’s cleanup will kick off at 8 a.m. at Pettaway Park at East 21st and Commerce streets. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola will issue a proclamation before volunteers get underway.
A recycling trailer will be located at the East Broadway Alert Center at 500 E. 21st St. for bottles and cans collected during the pickup.
The organization chose the Pettaway neighborhood as the large group project for the cleanup because of the effort residents have put into cleaning up the neighborhood and reclaiming it from its former reputation as a center of gang activity.
Neighborhoods all over Little Rock are encouraged to host and organize cleanup activities and can register their events with the Keep Little Rock Beautiful staff for help, supplies and T-shirts for volunteers. Last year, 38 groups registered cleanups.
Pettaway Neighborhood Community Forum to discuss the Ida B. Wells Home for Pregnant Girls a proposed plan for Job Corps Building
When: 10:30 am, Saturday, March 2, 2013
Where: Media Room, Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary
and Early Childhood Magnet
700 East 17th Street, Little Rock, AR 72206
Purpose: Ida B. Wells Home For Pregnant Girls | A proposed plan for the old Job Corps Building (Corner of
Vance and East 21st Streets)
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association is hosting a community forum to discuss a proposal for the Job Corps Building located on the corner of Vance and East 21st Streets. Click here for a copy of the proposed mission statement/plan for the site: Ida B. Wells Home For Pregnant Girls.
The Ida B. Wells Home For Pregnant Girls is sponsored by Paradise Victory Cathedral World Ministries, a Texas Non-Profit corporation. It is an Arkansas Non-Profit Corporation whose mission is to provide a safe harbor, love, room and board and upward mobility for pregnant teens regardless of race, creed, color or religion. The faith-based mission of the Ida B. Wells Home is accomplished through the Daisy Bates “Bridge to the Future” Program.
Come, learn, ask questions and express your opinions. We look forward to seeing you.
TO: PETTAWAY RESIDENTS, CIVIC GROUPS AND CHURCH GROUPS
FROM: MAGGIE HAWKINS, FACILITATOR, EAST BROADWAY ALERT CENTER
We are looking forward to the March 9th clean-up which is being sponsored by the Keep Little Rock Beautiful Committee and if it was not for your willingness to assist with this endeavor as you did in previous years this event would not be possible. We are also asking all volunteers, civic groups and church groups to meet us in front of Pettaway Park on Saturday, March 9th in order to have the annual Kick off site in our area at 8:00 a.m.. Mayor Stodola will make the presentation in order for the event to start.
This year we are going to concentrate on Pettaway Park in cleaning it along with some of our other problematic spots. If you know of an issue that we should address during the clean-up please let me know. Since we have a shortage of rakes and other tools we would appreciate it if you could bring a rake or a shovel if you have one.
Here is the plan that was discussed for improving the appearance of the park during the upcoming March 9th City Wide Cleanup
1. Rake and bag all of the leaves and debris along the perimeter fence. Parks & Recreation will bring 6 leaf rakes.
2. Cut the vegetation and overgrowth along the perimeter fence and around the trees that are in need of this. Parks & Recreation will bring 4-limb loppers.
3. Rake the debris from the rocks that surround the playground equipment. Parks & Recreation will bring 2-garden rakes.
4. Limb up around a select number of trees that have low-hanging limbs that interfere with people walking about the park. Parks & Recreation will bring 1-manual pole pruner.
5. If time permits or a number of people bring their own leaf rakes, rake and bag as much of the park grounds as possible.
A box of KP 3858 Heavy-Duty black plastic bags be brought by Parks & Recreation to use for the leaves and debris.
Come to the first Pettaway Neighborhood Association Meeting of the Year, tonight at 6:00pm at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st Street (corner of Commerce Street). Bring your neighbor and friends and find out what good things have been taking place in your neighborhood. Snacks and Beverage will be shared at this meeting to celebrate our new year. Fellowship, get involved. Annual dues are $10 and although they are not mandatory for both your participation and representation they support your association. See you Tonight!
January 16, 2013
Dear Pettaway Neighborhood Association Leaders and Residents:
Keep Little Rock Beautiful would like to invite your neighborhood organization to join us on March 9, 2013 (from 8:00 until noon) for the 4th Annual City Wide Cleanup. As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, we are again organizing this effort as part of the Great American Cleanup, the largest grassroots cleanup effort in the nation.
Our goal is to empower and energize the citizens of Little Rock to take action in the areas of litter prevention, community improvement, recycling, waste reduction, and beautification. We are reaching out to Neighborhood Associations, churches, civic groups, schools, youth organizations, businesses and others to join us in our endeavor.
In the first three years of the City Wide Cleanup, we have made great strides in improving the appearance of neighborhoods throughout the city. The amount of litter and trash collected has fallen each year. We see this as a good thing. There is less “mess” out there to collect due to our cleanups.
However, we can’t do it without YOU and YOUR Neighborhood, friends and partners. We invite you to help us by organizing your neighborhood to participate in this annual event.
Keep Little Rock Beautiful will be able to provide some resources (trash bags, safety vests, and gloves for volunteers). Requests should be made when you tell us of your neighborhood’s plans. A limited number of dumpsters will be available. Dumpsters must be requested no later than February 22.
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