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Coming Soon in Creston: 

 
How can a new building at the corner of Plainfield & Quimby make our neighborhood better?  Your perspective needed. 

Last week, real estate developer Brian Papke presented a proposal for market-rate apartments at the corner of Plainfield Ave NE and Quimby St NE to the Creston Neighborhood Association Land Use Committee.  As it is currently proposed, 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.  

Papke and his partners, the Establishment Group, are applying for public economic development incentives. In our experience, the City asks that developers incorporate neighborhood values into their projects when they receive tax benefits.  In some cases, neighborhood buy-in is required. 

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.  Mixed-income housing provides homes for diverse residents.  It supports our neighborhood economy by people with different jobs and income to work at or patronize our businesses.  Our Land Use Committee members communicated our desire for mixed-income housing, and we will share additional themes as the process moves on.  

If you have concerns and ideas you'd like the developer to consider, please e-mail CNA executive director Megan Kruis at MKruis@CrestonGR.com.  Your perspective matters and makes a difference! 

 

Join our NEW Creston Climate Chaos Team!

Creston Climate Chaos Committee
The next meeting is Thurs., Feb. 6 from 6:30pm - 8pm.

The purpose of the Creston Climate Chaos Committee is to advocate on the state and local levels to create or change policies/laws to decrease the effects of climate change. The agenda for this meeting includes deciding our first 'campaign.'  If you are interested, email Kymie for location details and please include your phone number:  KSpring@CrestonGR.com  (pronounced Kimmy)

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 in February 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.
Safety in Creston: How YOU can help! 

Last October, neighbors in the Paris/Curtis/College area of the neighborhood contacted our community organizer, Kymie Spring after shots were fired near their homes.  Kymie and the residents organized a meeting with our Community Police Specialist, J.P. Guerrero.  Neighbors' involvement helped the police in the arrest of a suspect involved in the shootings and helped our Community Police Specialist provide needed guidance to someone involved.

If dangerous activity takes place near your home, please call 911 or the non-emergency police number at 456-3400 or use Silent Observer.  Then, PLEASE contact our community organizer Kymie Spring at KSpring@CrestonGR.com or 616-454-7900. When Kymie knows a crime has occurred, she can contact our Community Police Specialist and take any needed action.  

Using social media like Next Door and Facebook is not as efficient or effective as simply contacting Kymie.  Kymie was mortified to learn about a serious incident during her holiday break. While she checks her email daily, even when on vacation with her family, she does not check social media each day, and our phone system only allows us to check voice messages when we are physically in the office.

The role of our community organizer is to work with neighbors to make our neighborhood safer and to improve the quality of life for everyone.  If there is an issue pertinent to you and your neighbors KYMIE CAN HELP.  When you reach out to Kymie at CNA, we can take action together and make a difference! 

WOULD YOU LIKE CNA TO BE ABLE TO DO MORE?  SO WOULD WE!

CNA is committed to supporting the neighborhood and assisting with organizing around specific topics or concerns. We are often (daily!) approached to organize meetings or events regarding crime activity, specific neighbor interests or concerns. CNA can offer support for neighbors who take the lead! What does this mean?

First, if you are not a member of the Creston Neighborhood Association, please consider becoming a member today. Your support helps us do our work, and it is a show of support for CNA and Creston. More financial support means more hours we're able to give!

Second, if there is a topic or concern that is important to you, talk to your neighbors. If you can gather a group of individuals who are committed to a topic or problem in our neighborhood, we can lend advice, support and assistance for meetings or events your group organizes. In addition to our amazing staff, we have an active board and committees with wonderful talents and interests. They are here to get involved and help with the needs and concerns or our neighborhood.

Finally, if you are interested in serving on a CNA committee or the board, please contact our office! Many hands make light work, and we NEED the input and experience of our neighbors. To find out more, get in touch.

We're all in this together, and together our amazing neighborhood can continue to improve and connect.  For more information, reach out to our Board of Directors at Board@CrestonGR.com or our Executive Director Megan Kruis at MKruis@CrestonGR.com.

 

 

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


 
Business Mixer THIS THURSDAY!

Do you work in Creston?  Please join the Creston Neighborhood Association Board of Directors for the next business mixer.  Service businesses, bricks and mortar businesses, work-from-home businesses--all are welcome! 
 
Creston Neighborhood Business Mixer
THIS Thursday, January 23rd from 5:30 - 6:30
in the community room in the back of the CNA building (205 Carrier NE).

We want to hear from you! This is a great time to meet our board, update us on what's new with your business and what's important to you in Creston. This casual time is also great to learn about CNA Business Membership as well as sponsorship and advertising opportunities to get your word out to the Creston neighborhood.

Please join us to mingle with other Creston business owners, share some snacks and build community!  Please RSVP to mkruis@crestongr.com so we have enough snacks and materials for everyone.
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. 

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.
Living Green in Creston: Looking back, Moving Forward 

2019 was a busy year for the Living Green in Creston Committee (LGC)!

This past year we started the Creston Native Plants Initiative for which we held 2 educational talks, 2 plant exchanges, gave away 75 native wildflowers and 50 native white pine tabled at 3 events, created native seed bombs with neighbors and made a plan to improve our existing Butterfly Way Station site at Briggs Park.  Additionally, we made 6 events zero waste, hosted 4 Meatless Monday events, maintained an heirloom orchard in a public park, and began work on Bump out Buddies program.  We have engaged with hundreds of neighbors this year on the topic of sustainability, gained 124 engaged neighbors on our email list, and 180 neighbors on our Facebook group, and as of this year have 14 committee members who regularly attend meetings and plan events. 

In 2020 we are keeping the momentum moving with more events and materials educating neighbors on the benefits of native plants through Creston Native Plants Initiative.  We will continue to host regular quarterly Meatless Monday potlucks to encourage low-carbon diets.  We will educate neighbors on proper recycling and continue to help make CNA events low or zero waste.  We hope to continue to expand and grow our work to make Creston a more sustainable neighborhood.  

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.
CHANGE to City of GR Recycling Program
  • They are no longer accepting plastic bags or shredded paper.
  • You CAN take your plastic bags to Meijer to be recycled.
If you want a smaller or larger cart for recycling or trash you can call 311 and request a FREE swap-out of ONE cart every 12 months.  Here's how it works -- you make the request and in 1-2 weeks on your trash day, they will pick up your current trash/recycling cart and later that day (as late as 5pm) they will drop off your new cart! If you want to swap out more than 1 cart in a year, the charge is $15.

Check out this site for lots of recycling information:
https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Government/Programs-and-Initiatives/Single-Stream-Recycling-Program
Good News for our student neighbors: Grand Rapids Promise Zone established!

Beginning with the Class of 2020, our young neighbors who attend school in the City of Grand Rapids will be able to attend Grand Rapids Community College tuition-free.  Check out this explainer from MLive: "Everything you need to know about Grand Rapids’ free college tuition promise."
EVEN MORE activities coming soon in Creston: 

CNA Board of Directors meeting 
6:30pm on Thursday, January 23
205 Carrier St NE, Community Room

CNA Land Use Committee
6:30pm on Wednesday, February 5
205 Carrier St NE, Community Room

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

CNA Living Green In Creston Committee
6:30pm on Tuesday, February 11
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 Pancake Breakfast
8:30am Saturday, March 21
at Second Congregational Church 
525 Cheshire Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505


 
THANK YOU to our Community Partners who support the mission of the Creston Neighborhood Association every day!
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