The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) held its second general membership meeting of 2009 on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Sunshine Center, 350 5th Street North, St. Petersburg. President Marilyn Olsen called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
The main order of business was a recommendation from the Board of Directors to amend the bylaws of the association to expand the association boundaries.
A motion was made by Tim Clemmons and seconded by John Harte. The motion passed unanimously. The amendment changes the DNA bylaws to read: “The name of the organization is the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Inc. The boundaries of the Downtown Neighborhood Association are from 5th Avenue N to 5th Avenue S and from 10th St N to Tampa Bay, plus 1st Avenue N to 1st Avenue S and from 10th Sttreet N to 18th Street N, plus from 5th Avenue S to 11th Avenue S and from 4 Street S to Tampa Bay, in St Petersburg, Florida. It is the successor organization of the merged North Downtown Neighborhood Association, Inc. and the University Park Neighborhood, Inc.” The added area includes the new condominium building at 1010 Central Avenue, a row of townhouses on 1st Avenue South just west of Tropicana Field, a few other developed lots, and a number of vacant parcels. None of the area is represented by any other neighborhood association.
Several guests spoke at the meeting. Sheree Graves, representing St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, discussed the church’s building plans, including a new office building and a columbarium that will be constructed behind the facade of the old Baptist Sanctuary. The rear portion of that historic building will be demolished. City Council Member Karl Nurse update the membership on the city budget and other council issues. Ted W. Mallin of Envision Architects and landscape designer Phil Graham Jr. gave a talk on green rooftops and their potential for Downtown St. Petersburg.
Timothy J. Baker
Downtown Neighborhood Association