Resolutions Passed

HNA Letter of Support for Robertson/Stuart and Mair Local Historic District

From: mary sanger <marysanger70@gmail.com>
Date: June 17, 2019 at 3:30:44 PM CDT
To: Steve.Adler@austintexas.gov, delia.garza@austintexas.gov, leslie.pool@austintexas.gov, alison.alter@austintexas.gov, pio.renteria@austintexas.gov,
Kathie.Tovo@austintexas.gov, jimmy.flannigan@austintexas.gov, ann.kitchen@austintexas.gov, greg.casar@austintexas.gov, Paige.Ellis@austintexas.gov,
harper.madison@austintexas.gov
Subject: Support for Robertson/Stuart and Mair Local Historic District

Members of the Hancock Neighborhood Association enthusiastically supports the application for the Robertson/Stuart and Mair Local Historic District.

The new district would provide valuable recognition for a unique community in Near East Austin where long-established Latino and African American communities maintain a thriving urban neighborhood culture in the shadow of the important historic sites of the Texas State Cemetery and the French Legation.

Nearby are several churches that remain touchstones for these communities, as well as having their own histories during Austin’s Civil Rights movement. Not far from the community stands the historically black Huston-Tillotson University, one of the oldest such institutions in Texas.

In addition to being a living community of individuals, the Robertson/Stuart and Mair district is a walkable museum of working class and middle class house types from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as being home to some remaining commercial structures from the same period.

The area is attractive to tourists and other visitors, drawing University Interscholastic League student tours and others to the Texas State Cemetery and the French Legation. Huston Tillotson now draws students from around the country and the world, as well as serving the neighborhood.

All of these elements combine in a unique combination of a viable historic urban neighborhood with some of the deepest roots in Austin. We hope that the City of Austin will soon approve the application for this important recognition.

Respectfully Hancock Neighborhood Association Officers & Committee Members:

Mark Harkrider
Jim Rankin
Jetta Todaro
David Guarino
Coan Dillahunty
Jennifer Dillahunty
Mary Sanger
Linda Guerrero
Julie Strong
Madelyn Kidd

Hancock Neighborhood Association Resolution Re. Parkland for MLS Soccer Stadium or Other Private Purpose

HANCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Hancock Neighborhood Association at its meeting on ______, 2018, approved the following resolution and determined that it should be submitted to the Mayor and City Council of Austin in connection with their considerations about using parkland for private purposes, including a MLS soccer stadium:

 

WHEREAS, the Hancock Neighborhood Association finds that Austin Parks System is vitally important to the quality of life of the citizens of Austin and to their physical and mental health. These green spaces represent the environmental and recreational heritage bequeathed to our city and should be passed on to future generations in as good or better condition as when we collectively inherited them.  It is necessary to acquire new parks for our growing population in advance of growth and we must take good care of what we have.

 

Austin’s parkland and open green space is precious and limited.  It should be preserved for the health and enjoyment of Austin’s citizens, current and future.

 

Hancock is especially aware of the real threats to all Austin parklands as our Hancock Golf Course has previously been the target of an effort to alienate the parkland for a private housing development.  Using parkland for an MLS stadium will place ALL Austin parks at risk.

 

Our community’s boasts of environmental sensitivity will become hollow if parkland purchased with public money is diverted to other uses.

 

THEREFORE, we strongly urge the Mayor and the Austin City Council to refuse to authorize the use any Austin parkland for an MLS soccer stadium or any other non-park use.

 

Signed this _________ day of _______, 2018.

 

 

____________________________________________

Chairperson

Hancock Neighborhood Association

 

 

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hancock-neighborhood-association-r...
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hancock-neighborhood-association-r...

HANCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION re parkland for MLS soccer stadium or other private purpose.pdf

HANCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION re parkland for MLS soccer stadium or other private purpose.docx

Resolution_HNA and ENA, 2007.pdf

Joint HNA-ENA resolution on Concordia (East Ave) parks funding.

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