Richmond Neighborhood Notes January 2013

By Allen Field


Richmond Neighborhood Association held its monthly meeting on December 10 at Waverly Heights Church at SE 33rd and Woodward St. Meetings are held in the basement; enter from the east-side door.  The RNA’s website is

The RNA is in need of a newsletter editor. If you are interested and have experience with InDesign or Scribus, contact

Cleveland High School field was closed to the public for a brief period over concerns about dog-owners not cleaning up after their dogs and people riding bikes on the artificial turf. At the urging of neighbors, the Athletic Director agreed to reopen the field to the public, but there will be an effort to educate people about use of the field with bigger and clearer signage. Dogs are not allowed on the artificial turf or track. They should be on a leash, and, poop MUST be picked up. Bag dispensers will be installed at both entrances. If dogs continue to be a problem, they will likely be banned completely.  If you have questions or, as a dog-owner, want to help keep Cleveland open to dog-owners, contact Andrea Stolowitz,

Packages being stolen off of people’s porches is a growing problem; solutions discussed were:  having packages delivered to work or a neighbor who is home, tracking delivery online, and having Amazon packages delivered to delivery lock box which are located at some 7-11 store, such as Hawthorne 7-11.

Nathan Vasquez introduced himself as the new Neighborhood Deputy DA. He focuses on livability crimes: drug houses, problem bars and other nuisance problems in the neighborhood. His email is

Mark Desbrow, Greenlight Development, gave a slide show describing the 3 sites his company is developing at the old Natures/Wild Oats site and its two parking lots at 3016 and 3207 SE Division projects.

Site 1 is the Natures/Wild Oats site, which he calls an “adaptive reuse” of the site.  It will be office and retail space, 300-1,500 sf per space. The design is modeled after the EcoTrust and Tasty & Sons buildings. Construction will be completed by spring 2013.

Site 2, 3016 SE Division, will be a 4-story mixed-use development, with 7,000 sf of retail on the ground floor and 55 apartment units (studios, 1 & 2 bedroom) on the 3 floors above. There will be 29 onsite parking spots.

Site 3, 3207 SE Division, will be a 4-story mixed-use development, with 2,400 sf retail ground floor and 30 units above (studios, 1 & 2 bedroom). There will be 18 onsite parking spots. Construction begins Spring 2013 and will finish in a year.  Construction on sites 2 and 3 will begin Spring 2013 and last 1 year.

The Sustainable Committee’s monthly meetings resume in January on the last Wednesday of the month, 7 pm at Townshend’s Tea, 3531 SE Division.  We are  looking for people to join the Committee to help organize or put on sustainability-related projects, such as: Clean Up Day/helping with Richmond Cleanup (we need a new Cleanup Coordinator), ecology-minded projects (recycling/composting/energy conservation), gardening related projects, graffiti removal, disaster preparation, etc. The possibilities are as broad as the ideas and motivation of committee members.  Contact Callie at  if you want to get involved or just attend the meetings.

The next RNA meeting will be Monday, February 11 at Waverly Heights Congregational Church (basement), 3300 SE Woodward St., 7 – 9 pm.

Richmond Neighborhood Notes January 2013

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