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West End Business Association Minutes February 2019 FLATBREAD FUNDRAISER: The West End’s Connections Peer Support Center is hosting a fundraiser tonight at Flatbread in Downtown Portsmouth. Brave the snowflakes and enjoy a slice for a good cause!

RESIDENT PARKING WEST END: There is a proposed residential parking program in the West End from Bridge to Cabot street and Islington back to McDonough. The current proposal limits parking to one spot for businesses and two-hours for non-residents. All businesses on Islington street would be excluded from receiving a parking spot.

We want to do the best we can to help support residents and their parking needs. As a neighborhood association, it is important that we also consider the needs of the businesses of the West End as well.

None of the business owners in our group have been approached in considering these measures. We believe it is important for WEBA to have a voice in this conversation.

We recognize that parking is a challenge in our City, but any successful plan cannot address only residential needs without offering solutions for businesses and employees. We don’t have enough current transportation supports in place to suddenly uproot an entire neighborhood’s work force. In addition, it will just shift the parking load to another neighborhood, which is not good policy by any stretch.

We will upload a proposed position letter on the topic to the Facebook group today.  If you have comments or proposed edits, please submit them here to Dan Umbro for consideration.

The City is holding a parking summit in March and we’ll be sure to update you when we have more information.

BOTANICA: The new restaurant and gin bar is now open in the Frank Jones building. Owner Brandon Vesey is a West End resident. Welcome to the neighborhood, Botanica!

PUBLIC HEARING ON ISLINGTON CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN: City Council is holding a meeting on the Islington Corridor Improvement Plan on Wednesday, February 20th at 7 pm in City Council Chambers. Please come!

FLOTE: FLOTE of Hampton is moving to Islington in the Hannaford Plaze. They plan to be open in early March with an open house March 19th from 5-8 pm. Welcome to the West Side FLOTE!

CLIMATE CHANGE BILL: Citizen’s Climate Change Lobby is proposing a bill to drastically reduce the effects of climate change over 40 years. The bipartisan bill is a job-creator and can be read in full here.
Present:
Sara Curry, Blaze Yoga & Pilates
Jeanne Russell, Portsmouth Center for Yoga and the Arts/Music Together
Mallory Parkington, Mallory Parkington Photograpthy
Jillian Willay, Flote
Wes Tator, To Be Green Profitably/Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Jonathan Blakeslee, White Heron Tea, Coffee & Records
Christina Traurig, Resident, *looking to move biz to WE in 2020
Dawn Saari, West End Resident/Therapist
Monique Shevlin, Signature Title & Escrow
Katherine Plouffe, Gateway Taiji
Douglas Robertson, Connections Peer Support Center
Cathy Dutch, Greengard Center for Autism
Sean MacDonald, Rocket Fuel Only Screenprinting
Kristen Thornton, Great Rhythm Brewing
John Nash, WSCA/Portsmouth Community Radio
Dan Umbro, Fishnet Media
Jenny Harrison, West End Skin Care
Mike Thiel, Local Property owner (spot available at 767 Islignton)

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