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Coming Soon in Creston: 

 
Save the Date! 
Creston Neighborhood Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8:30 AM – 11 AM
Second Congregational Church
525 Cheshire Dr NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505

 
Come on out and meet your neighbors at the Creston Neighborhood Association's annual pancake breakfast! A delicious meal with pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice, & coffee will be served. 

Resource tables will also be there for you to connect with CNA and learn more about the services offered in our neighborhood.

ADMISSION: 
- FREE for CNA Members! (Join or renew your membership: CrestonGR.com/membership
- For non-members, admission is $7/person or $25/family. 
Cash, card, and check will be accepted at the door. 

What does it mean to be a CNA member?  It means that you endorse the work of the Creston Neighborhood Association, empower neighbors through information, connections and support to build a diverse community where all neighbors thrive.  The first $25 of any donation is your membership.  

Want to show some extra love to your neighbors with an event sponsorship or by volunteering?  Contact our Board of Directors at Board@CrestonGR.com.
Should a new apartment building get a tax abatement?  Take our survey HERE!

A new apartment building is proposed for the corner of Plainfield Ave NE and Quimby St NE to the Creston Neighborhood Association Land Use Committee. 

The project could be completed by-right, which means the City's masterplan and zoning allow for exactly this kind of project at this site, and the developer does not have to go before the Planning Commission for Special Land Use permission or variances.  
 
However, neighbors' opinions are vital in deciding whether or not the developer should get tax incentives that make it possible to build their project.  Developer Brian Papke and his partners are applying for public economic development incentives: Neighborhood Enterprise Zone and Brownfield tax credits. The City asks that developers incorporate neighborhood values into their projects when they receive tax benefits.  The City of Grand Rapids requires that the Creston Neighborhood Association approve Neighborhood Enterprise Zone tax exemptions.  
 
For many years, Creston residents have wanted development in our neighborhood that respects current neighbors by providing housing that is affordable.  Through surveys conducted in 2018, feedback solicited at many, many community events, and three years of our Annual Community Engagement Event, we know that Creston residents want mixed-income housing in our neighborhood, and we know that new residents will help support our neighborhood businesses!   Mixed-income housing provides homes for diverse residents and supports our neighborhood economy.  

Would you support the proposed project if it included affordable units or if it provided a covered bus stop?  Let us know what you think by taking our survey.  Your opinion makes a difference! 


 

PAID INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE! 

 

WE ARE HIRING! 


We are looking for an intern or non-college student to do community organizing for our new grant to increase affordable housing and decrease the effects of climate change. Must be bi-lingual in Spanish and English. Pay is $10 per hour for an average of 12 hours per week. Work hours are flexible!  The position includes door canvassing, organizing focus groups and conducting surveys. Must be hardy! It starts immediately and can be for just this semester or can continue until November. ASAP, please email letter of interest and resumé to Kymie Spring: KSpring@CrestonGR.com  (pronounced Kimmy).

The Creston Neighborhood Association belongs to all of us. Consider a donation today.
Your Voice Counts: The 2020 Census is Coming!

Be sure to keep an eye out for census materials. When you participate in the census, you help Creston get federal funds for schools, health care, roads, and more! Fill out the 10 minute census and help Creston get $18,000 per person! For more information, check out BeCountedGR.org


 
Living Green in Creston: Mark your calendar for seasonal Meatless Mondays!  

Creston Neighborhood Association's Living Green in Creston had is first Meatless Monday Potluck of 2020 on January 6 at the Creston Church.  We plan to have one potluck a season.  Next potlucks are scheduled for April 6th, July 6th and October 5th all at the Creston Church,  238 Spencer St NE.  


About 40 with neighbors ranging from infants to seniors came to share meatless or plant-based dishes and lots of good fellowship.  January's potluck had some really great food!  Mushroom stew, bean loaf, chickpea curry over rice, pulled jack fruit, sweet potato black bean salad, focaccia bread, fruit salad, pasta salad, banana bread, meatballs, twice baked sweet potatoes and much more.  

The group consisted of regulars and newcomers.  Since everyone is welcome, we are happy when new neighbors find out about us.  The conversations are lively and informative.  Hopefully people are making new friends and connections.  

Our Living Green group started the meatless potlucks as a way of reducing our individual carbon footprints.  Cutting out animal products has been shown to be the most effective thing an individual can do to help the climate of the earth.  

For more information about Creston's Meatless Monday, check out the Creston Community Journal.
Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/LGCCreston.

Living Green in Creston Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 in the community room of our building at 205 Carrier.
Delay in Recycling Service

Recycling service resumes the week of March 15.  For more information, visit the Kent County Recycling Center
Would you like to grow your own food this summer?

The Community Garden at Fourth Reformed Church is now accepting applications from people who would like to rent a plot in 2020. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis now through April 15, 2020. But don't wait, as we expect the garden will fill up early this year!
Plots rent from $30 to $50 depending on size, with reduced pricing for seniors and low-income households. The garden is located behind Fourth Reformed Church, near the corner of Page and Columbia NE, and is run by volunteers.

To get an application, please click here. Contacts are listed on the application to get more information.
EVEN MORE activities coming soon in Creston: 

CNA Land Use Committee
6:30pm on Wednesday, March 4
205 Carrier St NE, Community Room

CNA Climate Chaos Committee
6:30pm on Thursday, March 5
205 Carrier St NE, Community Room

Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8 AM – 4 PM
Grand Valley State University, 401 Fulton St W

CNA Living Green In Creston Committee
6:30pm on Tuesday, March 10
205 Carrier St NE, Community Room

CNA Pancake Breakfast
8:30am Saturday, March 21
at Second Congregational Church 
525 Cheshire Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

CNA Board of Directors meeting 
6:30pm on Thursday, March 26
205 Carrier St NE, Community Room
 
THANK YOU to our Community Partners who support the mission of the Creston Neighborhood Association every day!
The Creston Neighborhood Association belongs to all of us. Consider a donation today.
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