Crescent Heights Neighborhood


The neighborhood of Crescent Heights is conveniently located near downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

Friends of Woodlawn Elementary

Friends of Woodlawn Elementary

Crescent Heights, Crescent Lake, Euclid St. Paul, and Woodlawn Neighborhood Associations are all joining together to develop a way for residents and parents to support our local elementary school: Woodlawn Elementary.  A similar effort has helped Northshore Elementary transform into desired school (http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/The-comeback-at-North-Shore-Elementary-is-real-as-families-rediscover-their-neighborhood-school_162522638), and now this “Friends of” group is expanding their efforts to bring the same success to schools throughout Pinellas County.

The Neighborhood Association Presidents have had very productive meetings with the Woodlawn Elementary principal, and we are excited to roll out our own “Friends of” group this fall. The largest need identified by the school is volunteers to be mentors or help with reading skills.  We will be holding a one-hour workshop for interested volunteers in August at the TASCO building.  In particular, the school hopes to attract more male volunteers, so if you would like to sign up and help make a difference in the community and in the life of a child, please e-mail president@mychna.org.  We need 15 people interested in order to hold the August training.

8/17/18 | Summer Porch Party

Porch Party
Friday, August 17th
 | 7-10 pm 
Home of Will Payne & Bonnie Hough
777 29th Ave N.

Come make the most of the hot weather with a cold drink at our next porch party! Hosted by Will Payne & Bonnie Hough, 7-10PM at 777 29th Ave N. Bring a side dish to share and your beverage of choice. We hope to see you there!

7/12/18 | Road Construction Postponed on Dr. MLK Jr Street N

Road Construction Postponed on Dr. MLK Jr Street N

The City has postponed its work on repaving Dr. MLK Jr Street N. until further notice. There was objection to the City’s initial final plans to convert the street into three lanes of travel (one lane southbound and two lanes northbound). The City’s initial final plan included a bike lane with room for physical dividers so that bikers would be better protected from traffic. However, this proposal is being reconsidered to allow for two lanes of traffic in both directions and standard bike lanes without any dividers. The City will provide updates on the final approved proposal and traffic lanes shortly. There is no current ETA for when road work will begin.

7/11/18 | Church of the Beatitudes Update

Historic Sanctuary/Church of the Beatitudes Update

Here’s an update from the property developer:

We are proceeding with the two houses facing 29th. The designs are the same designs that I originally reviewed with you and CHNA.

I have not been able to move forward with the designation on the sanctuary at this time as I have not received the final comments on the church conversion from the city. The plans, after 3 months, are still with the City for approval! The City has performed the review however not completed the comments etc to be able to get them back to me. Once I get them back and re-submitted I will then work with the City’s Historic Preservation staff on the application for designation.

The plan is to still wait to perform any work on the church until the homes on 29th are very near completion. That will be at least 6 months from now. It has worked well as the congregation is still working in the building, and they have not moved everything out at this time.

I hope everyone is ok with everything. I am trying to stick to my word on all that I promised the CHNA. We have put up a fence to keep dust and any loose debris from hindering the neighborhood. I am on site daily, if anyone has any questions please let me know and I will answer best I can.

CHNA remains in contact with the developer and the City’s Historic Preservation staff and send updates as they are available.

5/21/18 | Bingo w/ Allendale Oaks Neighborhood Association

AONA Bingo Night
Monday May 21 | 6:30PM
First Unity Church | 460 46th Ave N

Please join your friends, neighbors and all other Allendale Oaks Neighborhood Association (AONA) members next Monday for a fun night of BINGO and socializing.  Bingo sheets will be sold 3 for $1 and we’ll do as many rounds as possible. There will be prizes (cash and others), BYOB and lots of fun to be had!

5/9/18 | Sunken Gardens Night w/ the Mayor

Crescent Lake, Crescent Heights, and Euclid-St. Paul Neighborhood Associations are hosting a Night with the Mayor at Sunkensunken-gardens-35427 Gardens for our residents. Our Mayor will discuss the State of the City and address any neighborhood concerns. Our Council Member, Darden Rice, will also be present.

UPDATE: Although previously confirmed with the Mayor’s office, the Mayor will not be able to make the event. However, our Deputy Mayor and City Administrator, Dr. Kanika Tomalin, will be attending on his behalf.

This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard on issues that you are passionate about.

Event Details:
  • Wednesday, May 9 | 6-8PM
  • Sunken Gardens
    1825 4th St. N
    St. Petersburg, FL 33704

UPDATE: Church of the Beatitudes Redevelopment

Church of the Beatitudes Redevelopment Update:

The developer has committed to reuse the sanctuary portion of the Church of the Beatitudes facility and transform it into a single-family home. The other three lots will be redeveloped into new homes that have been designed to fit into the character of the neighborhood. The developer has also committed to file a new application for Local Historic Landmark status for the building and take other steps to assure CHNA and its residents that the structure will be saved. The Church played a significant role in this compromise, and lowered the purchase price a substantial amount to ensure that the project would be financially viable for JMS. The CHNA Board has withdrawn our application for Local Historic Landmark status based on certain written assurances received from the developer.

CHNA understands that the best outcome for our neighborhood would have been to find a way for the existing congregation to continue to operate the facility or for another buyer to use the facility as a church or community center. The CHNA Board, members of our community, and the local historic preservation group Preserve the ‘Burg worked hard to find another buyer or a partnership with an existing school/church/community group to find another solution. Ultimately, these efforts were not successful. While many groups did express an interest in a potential partnership or purchase, none were able to meet the Church’s needs for a purchase offer or financial commitment within the time period available. No one is happy about the loss of the facility building, but it is my hope that by preserving the sanctuary, the most historic part of the structure, the character and charm of our neighborhood will in part remain, and that it will be a reminder of our history. The CHNA Board felt that, ultimately, saving this piece of history was preferred to saving no part of the building, and this compromise is supported by the CHNA Board, Preserve the ‘Burg, and the City’s Department of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation as a way to make the best of a situation with no easy solution. It is my hope that we will be able to also have your support for this compromise, but I understand that no decision or outcome will have universal support.

Please feel free to email president@mychna.org with your questions and I will be happy to respond. Here are a few questions that I recently received:

1. Why didn’t the Church inform the neighborhood of their financial difficulties sooner?

We have learned that the Church’s financial situation arose quite suddenly and unexpectedly. Several of its largest donors passed away at the end of last year, and another funding source was unexpectedly lost. Thus, the Church was forced to take immediate and very unwanted action. The loss of the facility is keenly felt by the congregation and the Church’s Board, and they very much did not want to have to sell the facility.

2. Did the compromise cost CHNA any money?

The Board initially agreed to apply for and pay for some minor variances that would allow the sanctuary to be more easily be reused. However, the developer was able to work with the City on the plans so that no variances were needed. Therefore, NO CHNA FUNDS have been used on this project. The initial application fee for CHNA’s local historic landmark designation was donated, no other funds are needed, and all of the effort has been the truly countless number of volunteer hours that the Board and others have poured into this effort.

3. Can we trust that the developer will not demo the sanctuary?

The developer has made written promises to both CHNA and the Church to save the sanctuary building, and the City has taken steps within its internal systems to ensure things move forward smoothly. The City has added a note to its system that requires a manual release from an individual in the Department of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation should a demo permit be requested (at which time CHNA would be notified and we can refile). Additionally, the developer has agreed to request to add the sanctuary portion of the property to a list of eligible landmark buildings maintained by the City, which would require a 30 day advanced notice period before a demo permit could be requested. Finally, the developer has committed to working with Preserve the ‘Burg to file a new owner-requested application for Local Historic Landmark status immediately following closing and permit review. The other two actions should function to protect the building until the new application is filed, and from there no demo permit can be issued without special City approval (i.e. The CPPC committee would have to approve the demolition because the structure can’t be reasonably saved, etc.).

4. Will the new single-family home still be historic?

The developer plans to apply for the Local Historic Landmark designation in advance of beginning construction (with the exception of demo of the two additions). This means that any major changes to the exterior of the structure will require review and approval by the City. The developer also plans to retain most of the interior ceiling beams (excepting some rework required by the existing air conditioning system), the wood floors, and the most intricate stained glass windows. It looks to be a pretty neat home, and the developer has offered to hold a special open house for CHNA residents before final sale.

5. Why did CHNA withdraw the application?

Why not keep it on file and let the City decide? The City’s Department of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation and Preserve the ‘Burg have both provided input that strongly suggested that an application with owner objection would not successfully be approved by City Counsel. There have been other structures in St. Petersburg that are generally considered to be more historic than the sanctuary, and in those similar past cases Counsel has sided with the owner and denied the application. By removing the CHNA application, this allows the developer to close the sale and request that the sanctuary be rezoned as single family. Without this change to the zoning, the building would remain a church and would require a significant amount of parking. Work on the other lots would not be able to begin until June (when City Counsel would hear the application and most likely deny the request). Removing the CHNA application allows for the administrative details to be completely quickly (keeping the project financially viable for the developer), and then the new owner-submitted application can be filed. As explained above, we have some safeguards in place that will allow CHNA to refile if needed. As the old Russian adage warns: Trust, but verify.

Thank you all so much for your support, patience, assistance, etc. during this difficult process. The CHNA Board is comprised of volunteers, all with families, jobs, and other personal situations that often have been put to the side in an attempt to work toward the best possible compromise given the reality of the situation. This project was both unexpected and most unwelcome. At least four Board members have offered to resign at different points in time because it really has been so much and the magnitude of the impact on our neighborhood is understood and felt deeply. Change is never easy and is rarely welcome, but it is my hope that this compromise will help many to find peace with this change and serve as a way for us to move forward while still honoring our past.

Sincerely,

Jen Wright President, CHNA

 

New Voting Precinct Location Information

Precinct 136 – New Voting Location Information!
If you are currently assigned to Precinct 136 and assigned to vote at the Church of the Beatitudes, your voting location has been moved to:

Northside Lodge
3325 1st St NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

It is a white building behind Westshore Pizza in the parking lot of the Masonic Home of Florida.

You will receive new voter registration cards in the next two to three weeks.

Book Club | The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

13486632CHNA Book Club |  The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Tuesday, April 24th @ 7PM | | 534 29th Ave N | RSVP: Maureen Camphire, maurcamp@verizon.net

From Goodreads: It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.

Crescent Heights Neighborhood Garage Sale

Time for some spring cleaning…it’s April and it’s time again for the Crescent Heights Neighborhood Yard Sale!

Crescent Heights Neighborhood Yard Sale
When
Saturday, April 21st
Where: The whole neighborhood!
How: Contact CHNAgaragesale@gmail.com by April 14th to be added to the garage sale map

2/24/18 | Shower the Church of the Beatitudes in Love

nick-fewings-532590Shower the Church of the Beatitudes in Love
Saturday | February 24th | 12:15 pm

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is encouraging you to show your love for historic buildings by “bombing” them with paper hearts. And we have just the place for you here in Crescent Heights: For over 50 years the Church of the Beatitudes facility at 2812 8th Street N. has served as community meeting space, polling location, and valued neighborhood partner.  Unfortunately, it now may be time to say goodbye as the building has been sold and there are plans in place to redevelop all or a portion of the parcel.

Regardless of what’s to come, let’s celebrate all of the memories and bomb it with love!  Please join us on Saturday, February 24th at 12:15 pm for a Heart Bomb event.  Bring your own paper heart or we’ll have spare paper hearts to share. Write a message of love or gratitude on the heart and we’ll take a group photo in front of the facility to show our love. Afterwards the hearts will be left for the congregation to thank them for sharing their facility with our local neighborhoods for so many years.  Hope to see you there!

2/12/18 | Special Neighborhood Meeting: Landmark Designation Application for Church Facility

Special Neighborhood Meeting: Landmark Designation Application for Church Facility
February 12, 2018 | 7:00 PM | 780 25th  Ave N

ChurchPlease join us on Monday, February 12th for a Special Neighborhood Meeting to discuss if CHNA, in partnership with the Saint Petersburg Preservation Inc. (Preserve the ‘Burg), will submit a joint Landmark Designation application for the current Church of the Beatitudes facility on 2812  8th Street North.  The meeting will be held at 780 25th Avenue North. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm.

Originally built in 1928, the condition of the building and its historical significance has caused many residents to question if the property should be deemed historical by the St. Petersburg City Counsel. Submitting a Landmark Designation application will prevent a demolition permit from being issued by the City while the historical significance of the building is considered.

CHNA bylaws contain special rules for obtaining a quorum and also for voting when a Special Meeting is called. All in attendance at this special meeting will be welcome to voice an opinion; however, only current dues-paying members of CHNA will have their votes counted and officially recorded. If you would like your vote on this matter to be officially recorded, you can pay your dues at the Special Meeting, or in advance through Pay Pal or by mail (P.O. Box 76051, Saint Petersburg, FL 33734). Your $20 annual membership funds all of the neighborhood events and helps to make our neighborhood such a great place to live. You can RSVP to the Facebook event for this meeting here.

Neighborhood Meeting | Jan 9, 7PM

Time to ring in the New Year with our first CHNA meeting of 2017!

Neighborhood Meeting
Monday, January 9
Refreshments 6:30, Meeting 7pm
Church of the Beatitudes | 2812 8th St N

Halloween Block Party

jackoilabteCrescent Heights Halloween Block Party!
Saturday, October 29th | 5:00-7:00PM
7th St N between 25th and 26th Ave N

Games, costume contest, activitiesfor kids, food and lots of fun.

Questions or suggestions contact: John Sullivan jfs2315@aol.com

Book Nook | Leaving Time

leavingtime_picoult_bookcoverOctober 25, 7PM
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
2319 7th St. N
Contact: Maureen Camphire, maurcamp@Verizon.net

Goodreads Preview: For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.

For more information, please contact maurcamp@Verizon.net

Neighborhood Porch Party | Oct. 7

Neighborhood Porch Party
October 7 | 7:00 PM
Erica and Bruce Allums home
780 25th Ave N

Book Nook | The Perfume Collector

The Perfume CollectorSeptember 27, 7PM
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tusarro
835 26th Avenue N
Contact: Maureen Camphire, maurcamp@Verizon.net

Goodreads Preview: A remarkable novel about secrets, desire, memory, passion, and possibility. Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn’t fit anyone’s expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d’Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor. Weaving through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris’s greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d’Orsey’s history will transform Grace’s life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is.

The Perfume Collector explores the complex and obsessive love between muse and artist, and the tremendous power of memory and scent.

For more information, please contact maurcamp@Verizon.net

Crescent Heights Festival – 9/17

The First Annual Crescent Heights Festival is Here!
Saturday, September 17th, 9AM – 2PM
Crescent Lake Park

crescent lake parkMark your calendars for the 1st Annual Friends of Crescent Lake Festival from 9am- 2pm. Join us for an early morning bird walk, environmental exhibits, a 10:00am re-dedication ceremony for the newly painted water tower mural, food trucks, and much more. We hope this will spark an ongoing annual festival as a way to celebrate one of the city’s more versatile and popular city parks, as well as get more of our neighbors engaged in our neighborhood associations and Friends of Crescent Lake volunteer opportunities. Find out how you can support the festival.

We’ll see you there!
Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association

Neighborhood Meeting

CHNA Meeting
Monday, September 12
Refreshments 6:30PM, Meeting 7:00PM
Church of the Beatitudes

We look forward to seeing you there!

Volunteer @ CareFest – Church of the Beatitudes

CareFest Event: Church of the Beatitudes,
2812 8th St. N.
Grounds Beautification Project
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time TBA
Contact: CHNA.HSvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com

Each year, Pinellas County participates in a one-day community service event that helps neighbors in the community. This year, as a thank you for their ongoing kindness and generosity, CHNA is offering support to our great neighbor, The Church of the Beatitudes.

Scope: Exterior upkeep to include power-washing and lighthandiwork. Grounds updating to include removal of right-of-way plants along intersection of 8th Street North and 29th Avenue North; planting Florida-friendly/drought-tolerant plants due to lack of irrigation.

Business Donations: Ace Hardware has committed to donating goods needed for the project (exact donations to be determined as the date approaches). Other local businesses (to include landscaping services, plant nurseries, and landscape supply companies) have been approached for donations of goods or services. We are still waiting for responses. If you are a business proprietor with goods or services to donate, please contact CHNA.HSVolunteerCoordinator@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed: Please contact CHNA.HSVolunteerCoordinator@gmail.com to sign up. You will be joining local high school students as they earn volunteer hours towards their Bright Futures scholarship eligibility.

Would your High School student like to join us now and in the future to earn volunteer hours towards their Bright Futures scholarship eligibility? Some of the ways hours can be earned include delivering the printed newsletter, working a table at our Annual Halloween Block Party, helping out with the next Arts and Cultural Affairs event, and/or assisting with other Neighbors Helping Neighbors tasks. Please contact CHNA.HSVolunteerCoordinator@gmail.com for more info, and to find out what paperwork is required for your school. See you in September!

Angie C.

Food & Clothing Drive

Food and Clothing Drive
Benefiting local non-profit Daystar Life Center
Monday, July 11 & Tuesday, July 12
8:30AM to 8:00PM at Church of the Beatitudes

Next CHNA Meeting – July 11

Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association meeting
July 11, 2016
Church of the Beautitudes
Refreshments @ 6:30PM, Meeting @ 7:00PM

See you there!

Arts & Cultural Fair Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 21 – 7:30PM
Church of the Beatitudes

Cancelled: June Porch Party

Update: June Porch Party Cancelled. 

We look forward to seeing you at the next one!

 

Biking and Walking Groups

Planning to get out for a morning walk or ride?

Come out and join a neighborhood walking or biking group.
Groups meet at the Church of the Beatitudes
Saturday, June 4th, 9AM

Crosswalk Celebration @ Casita

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Join your neighbors on Wednesday, June 15th at Casita Taqueria from 6-8PM to celebrate the opening of our new mid-block cross-walk!

Enjoy the safe, new crossing and some delicious, authentic Mexican fare with your neighbors and friends.

Book Nook | Three Junes

Three Junes Book CoverTuesday May 24th, 7PM
The Three Junes by Julia Glass
Contact: Maureen Camphire
724 23rd Ave N

Goodreads Preview: A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises…In prose rich with compassion and wit, Three Junes paints a haunting portrait of love’s redemptive powers.

 For more information, please contact maurcamp@Verizon.net

Sunken Gardens Event with the Mayor

Meet our mayor at Sunken Gardens:
Wednesday, May 11 at 6pm
Sunken Gardens Amphitheater
1825 4th Street North

Neighborhood Meeting

Come meet your neighbors:
Monday, May 2
Refreshments 6:30pm, Meeting at 7pm
Church of the Beatitudes

Book Nook |Room

Room_coverRoom by Emma Donoghue is the April book club election. Following is a Goodreads review:  Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where
Old Nick has held her captive for seven years.  Through her fierce love for her son, determination, and ingenuity Ma has created a life for Jack in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.  Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey rom one world to another.
     April’s book club discussion will be on Tuesday, April 26th from 7-9pm at 835 26th Av N.  For more information, please contact maurcamp@Verizon.net.

CHNA Bylaws

Below are previous versions of CHNA By-laws. For the most recent amended CHNA By-Laws, visit About -> CHNA By-Laws.

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The proposed updated CHNA Bylaws from October 2015.

2015 CHNA Bylaws

The CHNA Bylaws approved November 2010.

2010 CHNA Bylaws

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