SARPA was formed around preservation and land use issues, so at our core, we’re sometime controversial. We’ve seen that in the last year in battles over the fence at House of Hope, new streetscapes at Summit and Snelling, and in the challenges of solar power panels at several properties. We’ve also continued our role with the West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee, advising on the steady expansion of the University of St. Thomas, especially with the current student housing moratorium.
There’s more to preservation than just land use though. In the last year we:
• Brought back the Lecture Series — with popular lectures on Buying and Selling on Summit, Solar Power in Historic Homes, and a great lecture by Larry Millett.
• Increased Social Events — including a garage sale, “Kaffeestube” at the German House, a member’s cocktail event, and a great Annual Meeting at Summit Brewery.
• Kept Up Gardens — Didn’t the Ayd Mill planters look great with summer blooms and winter greens? We also sponsored plantings at the Monument at River Road.
• Held Two Tours! — We followed up the Garden Stroll with a very special event — a “sneak peek” of 977 Summit thanks to the generosity of the Olson family and David Heide Design Studio.
• Increased Communication — Our Facebook page is especially active, but so is our website, blog and the periodic newsletter!
This can and will grow even more, but as an all-volunteer organization that really relies on our membership, we mean it when we say we can’t do it without you! Please join or renew today, and get your friends and neighbors to join you!
Programming and Board of Directors
|Kit Natz||Vice President|
|Sonja Mason||Web Editor|
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