Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
Ice Cream Social
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Ice Cream Social
In lieu of a formal meeting for July, the Civic League would like to invite all residents to the Riverview Coffee Parlor (4117 Granby Street) on July 11th, at 7:00 p.m., for an Ice Cream Social. There will, of course, be plenty of ice cream, beverages and good conversation with your neighbors. This event is hosted by Alice McCoy, owner of the Riverview Coffee Parlor and President of the Riverview Business Association.
The Civic League does not typically meet in August, but since many have expressed interest in checking out O Jardim Brazilian Cafe (the new restaurant between the 7-11 and the Eggleston Center (110 La Valette Avenue - across from the tennis courts at Lafayette Park) we decided to have a neighborhood get-together on August 8th, at 7:00 p.m., at the restaurant. There will be lots of good things to eat and drink and a chance to meet Trista Soave (and your neighbors).
Hope to see everyone there!
Dear Neighbors: My name is Brian Sykes, and my family and I live at 417 Mayflower Road. Previously, we’ve mentioned in the newsletter that the bulkhead abutting our property is quickly degenerating. In the six years that we’ve lived here, there have dramatic changes in the size of the holes in the grass next to the bulkhead, and the bulkhead itself has been dropping piece by piece into the Lafayette River.
As far as we know, the section of the bulkhead in this area (which starts at New Hampshire Avenue by Nichal Court and runs around the point to Knitting Mill Creek) has never been repaired or replaced despite the fact that the majority of the bulkhead in Colonial Place has had major restoration.
At the present time, the City has a right-of-way on the bulkhead and the sixty feet of grass abutting the bulkhead in front of our property. This right-of-way was originally intended to be a road similar to that on other parts of Mayflower Road, but the road will now never be built. The City provides absolutely no maintenance or repairs of the property or bulkhead in this area.
We spoke with various City officials, who informed us that the City has no plans to improve the bulkhead in this area. According to the City officials to whom we spoke, there are multiple other projects that will benefit many more citizens of the City that take precedence over this project. We feel strongly that we have a limited period of time to protect this property before it becomes irreparably damaged.
As a result, we would like the City to allow us to own the property and bulkhead so that we have an incentive to improve them. We also understand that the people of the neighborhood have an interest in maintaining the ability to transverse the land to enjoy the waterfront in this stretch of land. Therefore, we intend to the propose to the City that we have the ability to own the property and bulkhead, but that the City grants an easement for pedestrians to walk across the property (and we would not place any obstacles on the grass easement). This would provide an incentive for us to improve the property while allowing the people of the neighborhood to walk on the property.
We would appreciate the support of the Civic League members in achieving this goal. Thank you for your consideration in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at home at 451-3435 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions or concerns.
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.
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