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Development proposal includes apartments and commercial space in Grafton
By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
A mixed-use development that features commercial space, including an events venue and 204 apartments, is being proposed for Grafton.
Local developer Anthony Polston, who owns Black Cap Halcyon LLC, is presenting a conceptual plan for a 46-acre parcel located on the east side of Port Washington Road, south of Cornerstone Church, according to a village report.
The site now consists of woodlands and farm land. Polston's proposal calls for preserving much of the wooded area.
Polston is proposing 28 two-story townhome apartments, with attached garages, in two- and four-unit blocks.
It also would have four three-story apartment buildings, each with 44 units and underground parking.
The apartment development would include a club house with a pool, community space, outdoor area and exercise room.
The project also would include public biking and walking trails and a fenced dog run.
The 1884 farm house, known as the Hennings House, would be preserved on the site and converted into a restaurant and event venue. That 11,500-square-foot space would include the restored two-story farm house, a rebuilt 5,500-square-foot barn and a 3,000-square-foot pavilion with both indoor and outdoor seating, according to information Polston filed with the village.
The venue, known as the Hennings House and Farmstead, could host weddings, corporate meetings and other events from throughout the North Shore area.
Polston also would develop four one-story commercial buildings, ranging from 6,300 square feet to 12,800 square feet, for a total of 34,100 square feet.
The commercial tenants could include stores, restaurants and offices, including medical offices. Two of the buildings would share underground parking.
The commercial portion of the project could have more than 200 employees.
The Plan Commission is scheduled to conduct a conceptual review at its July 26 meeting.
Polston is a former Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. real estate executive.
Polston said he hopes to break ground in spring 2017 if the project wins village approval. It would be developed in phases over three years, he said.
By Peter King Oloo, a member of the Rotaract Club of Kie, Rwanda
Nearly 140 Rotaractors and guests from across the East African countries of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda gathered in Rwanda on 26 March to participate in the monthly cleaning exercise in Rwanda called Umuganda.
The Rotaractors, through their award-winning annual project called REACT (Rotaract East Africa Impact), had organized a project to construct kitchen gardens and raise funds for medical insurance. Both these activities were geared toward helping the community of the 1994 Rwanda genocide survivors who were resettled in Kinyinya village in Kigali.
These survivors were resettled under the Peace and Hope Initiative. We sought to carry out a project with some guests that would be sustainable and enable the people at this community to feed themselves for longer term.
The community was trained with practice to construct kitchen gardens in tight spaces and to balance their diet. By the end of the project, 50 kitchen gardens had been constructed.
Miss Rwanda 2016, Miss Jolly Mutesi, joined us and implored the young girls at the center to be hard workers and make wise choices. She told stories of girls who had listened to the promises of boys in the village, and then found themselves alone once they became pregnant.
We raised 500,000 Rwandan Francs for medical insurance, enough to cover 167 individuals for a year. The project was hosted by the Rotaract Club of Kigali City and the Rotaract Club of KIE and was the fourth annual REACT project after Uganda (2013), Burundi (2014) and Kenya (2015). The 2017 leg will be held in Tanzania and its concept is in development.
By Jon Kaufman, a member of the Rotary Club of Peninsula Sunrise, California, USA
The installation of two water plants in rural villages in Nepal now produce more than 20,000 liters of safe drinking water every day, using solar wind as their power source. We helped install the SunSpring ultra-filtration systems the week of 1 July through 7 July as part of the ongoing H2OpenDoors project sponsored by my Rotary club and partnering clubs.
I was able to raise the $50,000 for these units at two different golf tournaments in 2015, thanks to hundreds of generous donors. The tournaments were held in Half Moon Bay, California, and Itasca, Illinois.
The Rotary project worked with Helping Hands, a Nepal non-government organization headed by Narayan Shrestha. Narayan, a Boulder, Colorado, businessman with deep roots in Nepal, has built hospitals and schools in that country and is widely respected among the Himalayan communities. In the small town of Khandabar, Helping Hands has built a school for 700 students. While they do get mountain spring water through the property, the quality is not safe to drink. The SunSpring system now purifies the supply, and tanks and distributes to the main canteen for teachers and students to enjoy.
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From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special needs children will play baseball – all before zipping to the airport for a flight to Chicago and a cab ride to Rotary International World Headquarters, where he takes office as president of RI this month.
Why the breakneck pace? “I don’t have hobbies,” he says. “Civic work is my recreation.”
Not long ago Germ, 77, spent a raucous evening at the Chattanooga Convention Center, enjoying jokes at his expense. “John is a very influential person,” his friend Harry Fields announced from the podium. “I can’t tell you how many people emulate him … at Halloween. I mean, he’s the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome. When it’s dark, he’s handsome!” Nobody laughed harder than the guest of honor at the celebration of his contributions, which was referred to as the “roast of John Germ.” The dinner raised more than $75,000 for Chattanooga State Community College. In closing, Fields noted Germ’s contribution to his community and the world: “100 percent of himself – and everyone else he can shake down!”