What Can the CID Do for Greater Belhaven?

If you were out and about on Saturday, July 18 you may have noticed a street sweeping crew at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Peachtree Street. This type of work can become a more frequent occurrence with the creation of a Community Improvement District (CID). This crew, truck, and prep cost $125 an hour.
While driving around Downtown Jackson and Fondren you may notice individuals walking around picking up garbage, removing graffiti, and generally offering assistance; these are called Ambassadors. Downtown Jackson Partners and Fondren Renaissance use funds raised through their Business Improvement Districts to employ these Ambassadors. Several weeks ago we had a group of both volunteers and paid assistance to pick up the debris under the I-55 bridge at the end of Laurel Street. It can cost anywhere from $10 an hour to $15 an hour to have paid individuals providing this service on a regular basis. It is not just about the litter pick up; having individuals constantly on the move around the neighborhood also provides an additional level of surveillance.
We currently use the services of Securitas for our neighborhood patrols. The CID would provide us with funds to employ additional patrols by off duty police officers. Off duty police officers cost $25 an hour.
The creation of a Community Improvement District here in Greater Belhaven would create a steady stream of funds on a yearly basis of approximately $200,000 to be used for things such as what I listed above; however, there are so many other things we could explore through the master planning process. The funds can be used to enhance our parks, improve our sidewalks, purchase security cameras, match funds to larger grants which would allow for bigger projects, and a variety of other things.
Thank you to the over 950 neighbors and business owners who have signed so far!! We are 94 signatures away from being able to make Greater Belhaven the best it can be! For more information go to www.greaterbelhaven.com/community-improvement-district/ To sign today email ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com.

Museum Trail

The Museum Trail has been a long time project of the Foundation. The Foundation owns 38 acres along the interstate which a large portion of the trail will cut through. This large area of wooded land will offer a connect to nature for the City of Jackson. The 2.5 mile multi purpose trail will connect the downtown Museums and the Mississippi Farmer’s Market to the Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Natural Science Museum.
The Ground breaking for the Trail took place on Tuesday, July 14. Construction will begin this month and is scheduled to be completed in October of this year! Click here for footage from along the trail! https://drive.google.com/file/u/0/d/1yiYc7Qyn7ZGyxoxwRBAaB09SGt_ngKAo/view?usp=embed_facebook
Thank you to everyone who has had a hand in making this trail a reality!
Prior to the groundbreaking the Foundation held a clean-up day at the end of Laurel Street Park under the Interstate Bridge. The trail will run through this area and we wanted to give it a great start by cleaning it up! The Clean-up day consisted of volunteers from our Board and Ambassadors. The Community Improvement District would help generate approximately $200,000 on an annual basis to be used to towards neighborhood projects, one of which could be the hiring of Ambassadors like the ones used in the Business Improvement Districts in Jackson. These Ambassabors can cost anywhere from $10 to $15 an hour. Not only do they help keep things tidy they also serve as an extra set of eyes for security purposes. For more information on the Community Improvement District and how to help make it happen go to www.greaterbelhaven.com/Community-Improvement-District/

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights 2020 – “Together, Apart” Lighting it up and Making it Bright for Healthcare Workers August 8th

This year BLBN will take place in each and every yard in the neighborhood!
How will this work? If you want your musical act or band to perform at BLBN 2020 and you have a yard or porch available go for it! Just let me know where and what time you are playing and I will mark you on the map so people can stroll by! Want to have an arts or craft booth? Set it up in your yard or in a friend’s and let me know when and where and I will mark you on the map! Let me know by emailing me at ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com
The idea came from a nationwide festival called “PorchFest” each homeowner contributes in their own special way to create a fun creative atmosphere throughout the neighborhood. It also allows each neighbor who wants to perform or set up shop a chance to showcase their talent. This is perfect for 2020 because it allows for social distancing while observing the spirit of Bright Lights.
Each homeowner who wants to participate is responsible for maintaining social distance on their property, please stay safe! Do your own thing, get out for a walk and say hello. Listen to you neighbor play some music or buy a painting from another. Order food from your favorite Belhaven restaurant, and have a picnic. Have the kids decorate your sidewalk and street! Most importantly be sure to put out your lights and make your yard shine bright! Let’s make it festive while being “Together, Apart”.
The map of “Goings Ons and To Dos” will be on the website and in a special newsletter going out the week of.
Do what you want all day with the grand finale being the night sky lit up bright to thank all of our healthcare workers.

#100ReasonsBelhaven

Be sure to check out and enter our social media contest “100 Reasons Belhaven”. We know there are way more than 100 reasons to love this wonderful place we call home and we want you to share your reason with us on social media. We also thought it would be a great way to highlight that we are only 100 signatures away from having what we need for our Community Improvement District Petition.
We are asking you to participate in the challenge by posting a pic or a video and sharing one of the reasons you love Belhaven on your social media accounts. You will also be tagging a neighbor(s) and challenging them to sign the petition and post a reason why they love Belhaven.
When posting to be entered in the contest please tag the Great Belhaven Foundation and use the hashtags: #100ReasonsBelhaven and #CountMeIn
Twitter: @GreaterBelhaven
Facebook: @Greater Belhaven Foundation
Instagram: @greaterbelhaven
We will repost and share you posts! Everyone who posts will also be entered in drawing for a gift card to one of our wonderful neighborhood restaurants!

Congratulations to the first week drawing winner Jane Halbert Jones!!!

 

Can We Count You In?

 

The Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation is spearheading the effort to develop a Community Improvement District (CID) for Belhaven and Belhaven Heights.

Creating this special taxing district will generate more than $200,000 annually for our wonderful historic neighborhoods. The funds can be used for security, capital improvements, infrastructure, matching funds for federal grants, and other projects. Anticipated improvements are security, lighting, sidewalk repair, enhancements, and the funds can be used as matching funds for grants to handle larger infrastructure repairs. For more detailed information please click here. This will enhance the value of our neighborhood for years to come. The funds will be administered by the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a long track record of managing successful projects for our historic neighborhood since 2001. Funds are subject to an annual, publicly-available audit.

To make this happen, we need you! Over 900 neighbors have already signed the petition to create the CID, so we are close to the required number of signatures needed for us to submit it. We hope that whether you live here, work here, or invest here, we can count you in!

Your signature helps us get the petition finalized and submitted; after that, the next step will be a special election late this year. If you would like additional information about the CID or this process, just call us at 601-352-8850, or email us at ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com and we can answer questions or email you your Petition Page. More information is also available at www.greaterbelhaven.com (look for the Community Improvement District button).

We hope we can Count You In! Thanks for considering this request as we work to make 39202 an even better place to live, work, and play.

Gifts Cards for Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Greater Belhaven is so very fortunate to have such an amazing medical facility right here in our neighborhood. As way to say thank you for being our neighbor and to recognize the tremendous efforts of the hospital front line workers in the fight against Covid 19 let’s shower them with gift cards from our neighborhood restaurants! No contact required! The Greater Belhaven Foundation will take care of getting the cards to the front line workers at Baptist! Here are two of our businesses offering No Contact Gift Cards for Baptist!
Elvie’s: A Belhaven giver can could either do digital gift cards through our website or physical ones paid over the phone make sure to mention it is for Baptist. www.elviesrestaurant.com 601-863-8828.
Urban Foxes: When a Belhaven giver orders online they can use your ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com and GBF as the recipient and put a note in the message to indicate it’s for Baptist.
Urban Foxes E-GIFT CARDS:
https://squareup.com/gift/5YM2KY7CMQVKD/order
Discount Code: BAPTIST to get 10% off your gift card purchase
Spectrum Sip: Belhaven givers can purchase a card at the shop and the cards will be picked up by GBF.
They are also doing a “Pay it Forward” campaign for Essential Workers. You can purchase a tea for an essential worker while you purchase your own!

Covid 19 Greater Belhaven Business Updates

Please help our neighborhood businesses during this difficult time. Here are the most recent updates from our neighborhood businesses. As information changes this will be updated as well.

  • Campbell’s Donuts Follow Their Social Media to find out about upcoming Pop-Ups. Pre-orders available through Instagram direct message and through Venmo.
  • Corner Market Open. Corner Market is designating Tuesday and Wednesday morning 7:00am to 8:00am as senior shopping hours for customers age 60 and over. This change in hours will begin Tuesday, March 24 and continue until further notice. They are also selling bread from Broadstreet Bakery!!
  • Dave’s Triple B Temporarily Closed
  • Elvie’s Open with limited menu Friday and Saturday!!! Hours are 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Place your order or purchase a gift card online www.elviesrestaurant.com
  • Fenian’s Temporarily Closed
  • Hallmark Cleaners Open.
  • Kats Wine and Spirits Open. They are offering curbside service call (601) 983-KATS – Option #3. Prepay and pick up.
  • Keifer’s Temporarily Closed
  • Lou’s Full Serv Temporarily Closed.
  • Native Coffee Open for curbside pickup 8:00am to 3:00pm. Order on their website www.nativecoffeejxn.com
  • Old House Depot Open regular hours Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Picante’s Open for pick up or curbside. Call (601)398-1344 to order.
  • Pizza Shack Open.
  • Shoe Bird Cafe’ Closed until Belhaven University re-opens the campus which will probably not be until mid-summer. Northshore Specialty Coffee manages The Shoe Bird and our coffee beans are available through McDades (Corner Market), Farmers Market, Campbells Donuts….served at New Stage.
  • Spectrum Sip Special Hours for Curbside pickup. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00am to 1:00pm. Saturday 9:00am to Noon. Call (601) 573-6643 to preorder. Customers may purchase products to make their favorite teas and shakes at home. Call (601) 573-6643 or email spectrumsip@iCloud.com
  • The Fairview Inn The Library Lounge, 1908 Provisions, and nomiSpa are closed due to the Mayor’s executive order, The Inn is still open for room reservations. They are delivering breakfast orders to rooms in the morning. https://fairviewinn.com
  • The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen Follow their Social Media to find out about a Pop Up Concept Coming Soon!!! Selling gift cards online https://themanshipjackson.com/
  • Urban Foxes Orders can be placed through their website and picked up at the store. Gift cards, merchandise and a limited special order menu available online Online Store and E-gift cards

To update your information or to add your business please contact me at ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com

Please be Prepared for Possible Flooding

With the Pearl River expected to crest Saturday at a predicted 35.5 feet and the constant rain in the forecast the City of Jackson is asking everyone to prepare for flooding this weekend. There is a concern in the Greater Belhaven for those whose homes are located along our creeks which feed into the Pearl River, as the river rises the water backs up into those creeks and floods the surrounding area.

If water has gotten into your home in prior high level water events or if you would just like to take the precaution the City of Jackson has sandbags available at 4225 Michael Avalon Street, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Another concern is water. Please consider purchasing drinking water and filling tubs just in case.

For up to date information regarding potential flooding please visit www.jackson.ms.gov

Thank you to our 2019 donors for helping us grow!

Because of you, our neighborhood has the resources it needs for growth and continued success. We appreciate your continued dedication to historic preservation, neighborhood character, and economic vitality in Greater Belhaven!

MAJOR SPONSOR
Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

CORPORATE SPONSORS

Belhaven Residential
The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen
The Herron Company, LLC
Kats Wine and Spirits
Jackson I Medical Office Building

BEING BELHAVEN 100 is a group of supporters who give $1,000 or more annually to the Greater Belhaven Foundation.

Gifts from Individuals

Ivy & Frank Alley
Carey & James Armstrong
Barbara Austin
Vidal Blankenstein
Sherry & Royce Boyer
Mary Jo & Frank Briggs
Angelyn & Barry Cannada
Marsha & Tim Cannon
Alice & Rod Clement
Casey & Sam Creasey
Katy & Nelson Creath
Meredith & Jimmy Creekmore
Margaret Oertling Cupples
Virginia & Rob Farr
Corrine Fox
Nancy & Earl Fyke
Susan & John Garrard
Rebecca & Ty Hardy
Nan & Bill Harvey
Katie Hester
Judge E. Grady Jolly – In Memory of
Bettye Jolly
Courtney & Tasho Katsaboulas
Nan & Kanello Katsaboulas
Jona & Jimmy Keeton
Christy & Dallis Ketchum
Lelia & Sam Lane
Virgi & Chuck Lindsay
Mary Allyson & Ruffin Lowry
Modena Martin – In Honor of Barbara Austin
Susan McAlister
Bill McCarty, III
Kathryn & Gerald McCormick
Kathryn & Will McCraney
Nora Frances & Vaughn McRae
Annie Laurie & Thomas McRee
Carter & Matthew Milner
Frances & Cooper Morrison Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Mississippi
Ginnie & Luther Munford
Kay & John Olliver
Susan & Bill Osborne
Phoebe & Rob Pearigen
Becky & Don Potts
Linda & Jimmy Robertson
Harrylyn & Charles Sallis
Don Sittman
Carol Taff
Margaret & Jim Tohill
Marcus Treadway, Jr.
Kathy & Andy Waring
Elizabeth Wilkes
Laura & Walt Wofford, Jr.
Mary Amelia & Damon Wofford
Margee & Collins Wohner
Catie Carlyle & Bo Zimmerman

Gifts from Businesses

The Belhaven House & Garden Club
The Blanchard Group
The Fairview Inn
Funderburg, Sessums & Petterson, PLLC
Keifer’s Restaurant
The Pyron Group
Overby, Inc.

BEING BELHAVEN GOLD is a group of supporters who give $500 or more annually to the Greater Belhaven Foundation.

Fenian’s Restaurant
First Presbyterian Day School
Julie A. Colbert
Bart Delashmet
Barbara Hederman
Carissa Singh
Beverly Ray & Reed Branson
Marc Treadway
Denise & Earl Walsh
Susan Warren
Ginger & John Weaver
Sara Weisenberger

BEING BELHAVEN is a group of supporters who give $300 or more annually to the Greater Belhaven Foundation.

Bradley Arrant Boult Cummings LLP
Leslie & Jason Agostinelli
Megan & Matt Allen
Laura & Jason Ashley
Lacey Bailey
Emmie King & Spencer Beard
Kim & David Brown
Charlotte B. Charles
James Crellin
Kate Eidt
Laine & Bob Hardin
Janelle Hederman
Mara Hartmann & Patrick Hicks
Sara Margaret & Robert Johnson
Susan Shands Jones
Victoria & Robert List
Toni & Aubrey Lucas
Katie McClendon
Barbara & Jim McCraw – In Memory of Michael Raff
Susan & Colin McNease
Margaret & Manning McPhillips
Kay & Charles Mortimer
Walterine & Doug Odom
Kathy & Michael Potts
Helen C. Robertson
Lele & Russell Rooks
Sara & Brad Tisdale
Marjorie Underwood
W. Glenn Watts
Janet & John Wofford
Julia Marks Young

OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS

Belhaven House & Garden Club – In Memory of Lucy Clark
Rosalie & Pete Casano – In Honor of Dot Kitchings
Virginia and Fred Ezelle
Elizabeth Hambuchen
Betty and Dan Hise
Judith Johnson
Beth and Harper Keeler
Jeanne Luckett & C.B. Carroll
Joe Morris
Nancy and Leo Stevens
Denise and John Wheeler

Thank you for Supporting the Greater Belhaven Foundation

Isn’t Greater Belhaven lovely? She’s got on her multicolored, autumn wardrobe and seems poised to celebrate this special time of year. There aren’t many neighborhoods this beautiful or friendly in our city, or anywhere for that matter. People on almost every block know each other and visit frequently in in their yards or when we walk our dogs.

We’ve got problems, yes. But we also have solutions. Through your Greater Belhaven Foundation, we work to make our neighborhood better every day. Currently, our attention is centered on getting Greater Belhaven approved as a Community Improvement District. We need 60 per cent of our registered voters to gain approval for this initiative which we hope to complete this month. For you as property owners, it means just 6 mills more in property tax for every $1,000 of your property’s assessed value. For our neighborhood, your signature means designated funds that can be used for security, maintenance, improvements to parks and infrastructure, beautification through plantings, signage and blighted property acquisition.

But CID passage is just one of our initiatives. In cooperation with the Belhaven Heights Neighborhood Association, the Belhaven Improvement Association and the Belhaven Security Association, the Foundation also has worked to support the funding of the Fortification Street Project, the elimination of many encroachments to our neighborhood, the clearing and cleaning of blighted property, the creation of the Belhaven Town Center – and the many events that promote Greater Belhaven such as the annual Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights and Art in the Park.

All of these things, however, cost money. There are many wonderful nonprofit causes that you and your family might donate to at this time of year. But we hope you’ll make one of your year- end gifts to your neighborhood organization, the Greater Belhaven Foundation. An envelope is enclosed for your convenience in replying. Please let one of us know if you have questions – and thank you for being one of the more than 1800 Jacksonians who call Greater Belhaven home.