Pumpkins in the Park is This Saturday!!

Pumpkins in the Park is back! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8 beginning at 5:30pm at Belhaven Park located at 1000 Poplar Boulevard! Pumpkin decorating starts at 5:30pm and so does the music! TB Ledford and the Accumulators will be performing on the Watkins stage! Gabby Balloons will be joining us and we have a special guest, Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones! Bring the kids out for a night of family fun! This event is free and open to the public! A Huge Thank you to Keifer’s Restaurant and the Mississippi Arts Commission for making this event possible.

Greater Belhaven Foundation Announces Slate of Directors and Officers

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to nominate yourself or a neighbor for a position on the GBNF Board of Directors. As directed by GBNF’s bylaws, the Nominating Committee has carefully reviewed the nominations and created a slate of directors for the two Board positions available for election this year. The nominating committee recommends:

John Scarbrough is a lifelong Jackson resident who owns a business, Paul Moak Honda, Volvo, and Subaru in Belhaven Heights. Scarbrough is a graduate of Jackson Academy and of Mississippi State University, and also holds a Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Women’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Millsaps College. His prior board experience includes service on the board of Friends of Children’s Hospital, Andrew Jackson Council Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, and the City of Jackson Zoning and Planning Board.

Andy Hilton is a lifelong Jacksonian. He lived in Belhaven Heights for 9 years before moving to Belhaven, where he has resided for 6 years. He has been both a renter and a homeowner in Greater Belhaven. Hilton is a graduate of our neighborhood high school, Murrah. He holds an Engineering Degree from JSU, and works as a Hydraulic Engineer at MDOT. Hilton has experience as a Board member of the Business Association of Midtown. Hilton volunteers with Pearl River Keeper, the Jackson Trail Blazers (Museum Trail) and the Belhaven Mountain Bike Trails.

The Nominating Committee has created the following slate of officers to serve three-year terms beginning October 1:

Susan Garrard for the office of Chairman.
Margaret Cupples for the office of Vice Chair.
Sarah Skelton for the office of Treasurer.
Jennifer Welch for the office of Secretary.

Please join us at GBNF’s Annual Business Meeting at the Summit, 1054 Greymont Ave., on Tuesday, September 20 at 6pm to learn more about GBNF and its activities and vote on the proposed slate. Each taxable parcel in Greater Belhaven will be entitled to one vote on the slate; please bring identification. For more information, please contact CID@greaterbelhaven.com.

Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District Annual Meeting

The Greater Belhaven Foundation Board of Directors would like to announce the date of the Annual Business Meeting as Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00pm at Summit Belhaven located at 1054 Greymont Street, all residents and property owners located within Greater Belhaven are invited to attend. At this meeting, new board members will be voted on. The vote will be done by paper ballot. Each parcel gets one vote in the election.
There is one Board position available to be filled. Nominations must be received by midnight on Tuesday, September 6. Nominations must be in writing and must include a statement in writing from the nominee consenting to the nomination and stating that they will fulfill their expected duties. Nominations can be submitted via email to CID@greaterbelhaven.com or to the Greater Belhaven Foundation office located at 954 E. Fortification Street.
Qualifications and responsibilities of a director are as follows:
All directors must be individuals and must be at least 21 years of age as of the time that they are elected. Directors must be registered to vote, own land or a business, or be the authorized representative of a corporation that owns land or a business, in Greater Belhaven. Provided, however, that at least two-thirds of the total number of directors must reside in Greater Belhaven. Each director is expected to support the Foundation financially, by donating at least the minimum giving level of three hundred dollars ($300.00) annually, or by securing donations in at least that amount from other individuals or organizations. Directors shall be elected annually for three-year terms beginning on October 1 of the year fiscal following their election. Directors may be re-elected for a second term at the end of their first. Directors may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms. Directors are expected to be present at quarterly board meetings and to serve on committees.

Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt Starts Today

The Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt is back! Beginning TODAY at 3pm you can begin searching the neighborhood for Fairy Houses! The houses will be out from Friday at 3pm until Sunday, April 24 at 5pm.
The contest for this year is a little different! We are asking the hunters to post a picture at the end of their hunt of their favorite Fairy House! The maker of the house with the most votes over the weekend will win a gift card to District Donuts! Be sure to tag @greaterbelhaven on Instagram and @greaterbelhavenfoundation on Facebook in your post for your vote to count!
Follow the fairy dust, tinging bells, or just this map https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1QsZD8oMs7gXx5hPpQdL5Iayg0pyQsFUo&usp=sharing to find all the locations in the neighborhood!

Greater Belhaven Voters Approve Community Improvement District

The Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) is pleased to announce that voters have approved formation of a special local taxing district, the Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District (CID). The CID will generate approximately $200,000 in annual revenue for projects in Greater Belhaven. Based on preliminary results, more than 75.68% of voters cast ballots in favor of the CID. Election results are not official until five (5) days following the date of the election to allow for absentee and mailed ballots to be counted.
“We want to thank everyone who helped make this possible. We’re excited about the potential for CID funds to make Belhaven an even greater place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Margaret Oertling Cupples, CID Committee Chair. The special election allowed all registered voters within the district, including renters, to vote on whether to create the CID. Greater Belhaven, consisting of the Belhaven and Belhaven Heights neighborhoods, is comprised of over 1700 single family and multifamily homes as well as numerous businesses.
GBF began collecting signatures for the CID in October 2019. Despite the global pandemic, more than 60% of property owners in the district signed a petition in favor of the CID. Used throughout the United States and other countries, CIDs help enhance urban and suburban areas by helping fund landscaping, parks, sidewalks, lighting, security enhancements, infrastructure, and rehabilitation or sale of derelict properties. With these enhancement measures, many communities see a reduction in crime and blight as well as an increase in property values and increased job opportunities at local businesses.
“The funds that this additional millage will generate will be such a game changer for the neighborhoods,” said Casey Creasey, Executive Director of GBF. “I am so grateful for everyone who got out and voted in favor of this district.”
Legislation requires that a CID plan and funds be managed by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit neighborhood association, like GBF. CID funds are collected with the property owner’s taxes yearly by the City of Jackson and held in a special fund for the District. The City will annually disburse the proceeds of the special assessment to GBF. CID proceeds must be maintained separately from other GBF funds, with strict accounting, audit, and public disclosure guidelines.
CID funds can be used for various projects and also as matching funds for larger projects. The CID assessment is based on each property owner’s existing tax assessment; property owners will pay an additional 6 “mills” on that assessed value. A “mill” is equal to $1 per every $1,000 of a property’s assessed taxable value (usually a small fraction of the home’s market value). With each property owner paying a minimal additional tax amount, the CID will generate approximately $200,000 per year to improve Greater Belhaven.

Community Improvement District Special Election is April 5

Thank you for signing the Community Improvement District Petition and for all your support!
Be sure to get out and vote on Tuesday, April 5th! Voters will vote at their usual polling location. This special election is open to all who are registered to vote in the proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District. Find your polling location here.
Absentee voting going on now! To vote absentee you go to City Hall, 219 S President St., to the Municipal Clerk’s Office. You can vote any day this week from 8am – 5pm. Last day to vote absentee is Saturday, April 2 from 8am to Noon.
The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District would generate an estimated $200,000 a year to be used exclusively in the Greater Belhaven District for a wide array of improvements. The funds can be used for additional security measures, enhancements, regular clean ups, as matching funds for grants to handle larger projects, and several other projects that will greatly benefit our neighborhoods. For more information, please visit www.greaterbelhaven.com/community-improvement-district/ .

Pumpkins in the Park is This Saturday

Pumpkins in the Park is Saturday, October 16!  Bring the family out for an evening of pumpkin decorating and live music! Starting at 5:30pm the Patrick Harkins Band will be performing on Belhaven Park Stage.  Pumpkins are provided for children along with a decorating kit courtesy of Keifer’s Restaurant.  Bring a chair or a picnic blanket and visit with neighbors!

Riverside Drive Project Goes Out for Bid on August 31

It has been over five years since the City of Jackson invited the neighborhood to the Eudora Welty Library to discuss design options for Riverside Drive now the project is finally moving forward.  According to City Engineer, Robert Lee the project goes out for bid on August 31st.  A start date for the project has not yet been set.

The design that is being bid out includes Riverside being reduced to two traffic lanes, adding a multi-purpose trail, and retains the median with the oak trees.  A cross section of the design can be viewed above.  According to the City Engineer, Robert Lee an arborist has looked at the trees and has determined that they can remain.  There are up to six trees that may require removal once the project begins, but those are the only trees that would be removed.

Pete Perry with the One-Cent Tax Commission said, “The work will be between the I55 bridge and Peachtree, with the exception that there will be some waterline replacement between Peachtree and the water tower at N State, along with necessary road repairs in that section.”  Perry has provided this detailed list of what the project will consist of:

  • Remove the current road; excavate some six feet and replace with quality fill, including a barrier designed to mitigate the Yazoo clay impact; New pavement for a two-lane road – one lane north of the median and one lane south.  The median is to remain as it is currently, but with new curb and gutters.
  • Replace the 18″ waterline that basically feeds Belhaven and the water tower at N State.  The 18″ waterline is supposedly 100+ years old.
  • Replace the 36″ waterline that runs under Riverside to Peachtree (at that point it turns and goes to Woodrow Wilson and serves west Jackson.)  The 36″ waterline is approximately 50 years old.
  • Repair as needed the sanitary sewer line that runs under the current roadbed.
  • Replace/Repair the storm sewer lines
  • Construct a sidewalk along the south side of the new roadbed
  • Construct a walking trail along the north side of the new roadbed
  • Create a connecting walk from Myrtle to the bridge (created by the walking trail along the railroad bed project)

This project is being funded by the One-Percent Tax Commission.  The commission oversees the city’s one-percent infrastructure sales tax. Perry says the current estimate for the project is somewhere around $11 million – of which some $4 million is for water/sewer repair and replacement.

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Announces Music Line Up for 2021

The Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation is pleased to announce that 17th annual street festival, Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, (BLBN) is scheduled for Saturday, August 14, 2021, 5:00 p.m.—11:00 p.m., in the historic Belhaven neighborhood. This family fun event presented by Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, C Spire, The Manship and Southern Beverage Company will feature live music on two stages, as well as local, handmade craft vendors and the most delicious food and beverages from Mississippi’s restaurants and breweries.

This year’s featured headliner, Perpetual Groove, has been one of the most sought-after bands on the Jam/roots circuit. They have headlined numerous festivals nationwide including Bonnaroo. After a rejuvenating hiatus, the band has returned with the band’s songwriters incorporating elements of pop and even EDM into the traditional P. Groove sound. Perpetual Groove released their seventh studio album, entitled simply, Perpetual Groove.

2021 Music Line-Up

7:00 PM: Southern Komfort Brass Band (second line through the streets)

BELHAVEN PARK STAGE

5:30 – 6:15 PM: Fondren Guitars Rock Band

6:45 – 7:45 PM: Taylor Hildebrand

8:15 – 9:15 PM: TB Ledford

9:30 – 10:45 PM: Schaefer Llana

CARLISLE STAGE

5:15 – 6:00 PM: Southern Komfort Brass Band

6:30 – 7:30 PM: Tatum Henry

8:00 – 9:00 PM: The Red Clay Strays

9:30 – 11:00 PM: Perpetual Groove

Set in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, the street festival is an end-of-the-summer tradition that celebrates all things that make Greater Belhaven a great place to work, live and play, including art, music, children’s activities and food. Bright Lights Belhaven Nights has repeatedly been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society. The historic Belhaven neighborhood also was designated as one of American Planning Association’s “Great Neighborhoods in America 2014.”

Advance tickets are $15 per person and are available online at www.greaterbelhaven.com/events/bright-lights-belhaven-nights-event/ or $20 at the gate (cash only). Children ages 12 and under are free and must be with a supervising adult at all times. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

The festival will extend along Carlisle Street from Corner Market’s parking lot toward New Stage Theatre, and also turn onto Kenwood Place and extend into Belhaven Park. Free parking will be available along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets. The entry gates will be located on Carlisle and Poplar Streets.

To learn more about Bright Lights Belhaven Nights including the band line-up and featured artist, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at www.greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.

GBF, a non-profit group governed by a board of directors, works to improve and revitalize the area through long-range planning, economic restructuring, historic preservation, green space enhancement, and improvement of Fortification Street, the major east-west corridor between the two neighborhoods.

Greater Belhaven Foundation Announces Next Step in CID Process

The Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) is excited to announce that the owners of more than 60% of the taxable parcels in Greater Belhaven have signed the petition requesting the creation of a Community Improvement District (CID). GBF submitted the petition to the City Clerk’s office on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Once signatures are verified and City has accepted the petition, GBF will submit an initial strategic plan for the first year of the CID. After this, the City will set a date for a special election at which registered voters in Greater Belhaven may vote on the proposal to create the CID. Proceeds from the CID funds will total around $200,000 annually. They can be used for a variety of projects including landscaping, parks, infrastructure, security enhancement, and even as matching funds for grants for larger-scale projects.

“We are excited about the potential for CID funds to make Belhaven an even greater place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Margaret Oertling Cupples, CID Committee Chair. “We encourage everyone to get out and vote in favor of the CID later this year.”

Greater Belhaven, consisting of the Belhaven and Belhaven Heights neighborhoods, is comprised of over 1700 single family and multifamily homes as well as numerous businesses.  GBF began collecting signatures for the CID in October 2019. Despite the global pandemic, property owners realized the benefit of a CID for the historic neighborhood and have helped to surpass the 60% signature requirement.

Community Improvement Districts enhance urban and suburban areas by improving safety, reducing blight, and increasing property values and job opportunities at local businesses.

“I am so excited to have completed this part of the process and am so thankful for the neighborhood support,” said Casey Creasey, Executive Director of GBF. “The CID will be such a benefit to our community allowing enhancements for our three neighborhood parks, sidewalk improvements, and other features. Funds can also be used for security,  lighting, minor infrastructure repair, long-range planning, and so much more. We would love to hear from Greater Belhaven residents and property owners with your ideas for improvements.”

Legislation requires that a CID plan and funds be managed by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, like GBF. The funds, a maximum of $6 per every $1000 of assessed value of a parcel, will be collected with property taxes yearly by the City of Jackson and disbursed to GBF. CID proceeds must be maintained separately from other GBF funds, with strict accounting, audit, and public disclosure guidelines.

For more information click here https://greaterbelhaven.com/community-improvement-district/