Marit Brock founded the Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association in February 2009, a grassroots organization whose members are local residents, landlords, and business owners dedicated to developing a safe, clean, pedestrian-friendly urban residential neighborhood.
As part of this effort, the LBNA is working with the Fort Road Federation, Council Member Dave Thune, the Saint Paul Police Department, Fire and Safety, Public Works and other city departments and organizations to further our mission and goals through the following initiatives:
Work with the Fort Road Federation and the City of Saint Paul to provide community input in the Invest Saint Paul program that funds the purchasing and rehabilitation of foreclosed properties. Involvement includes participation in the overall development plan, review rehab and infill projects and the development of a marketing plan to assist with the sale of properties.
Increase the safety, quality and usability of the bike/walking trail and adjacent green spaces that runs along 35E between Grand Avenue and St Clair Avenue, creating a safe and inviting green space and amenity for local residents. Facilitated the placement of public art along the trail, gardens and benches funded by a variety of sources.
Led the effort to request more than $300,000 of Capital Improvement Budget funds to increase the safety of the bike path. Requested improvements included crosswalk enhancements, resurfacing of deteriorating pavement that is unsafe for children and the elderly, and increased lighting.Promote exterior home improvement projects via a matching grant program through the Fort Road Federation. The program resulted in $78,153 in grant funds leveraging a total investment of $191,522 with additional funding available for more projects.
Create and sustain an active neighborhood crime watch by building community communications channel through email and Facebook, engaging the Saint Paul Police Department and establishing a Neighborhood Watch program.
Promote involvement between landlords and the community by creating guidelines for rental properties that expresses our mutual interests, expectations for properties/tenants and explains the consequences for failure to meet the standards established by the Task Force.
Work in partnerships with Councilmember Thune’s office and city departments Police, Fire and Safety and Licensing and Inspection to ensure that problem properties are addressed effectively.
Sponsor and facilitate community activities including National Night Out, neighborhood cleanup, the West End Garden Tour and a neighborhood yard sale.
Established partnerships with organizations such as Community Neighborhood Housing Services to provide ongoing resources for members of the community.
Hosted three candidate forum events to increase the accessibility of community members to elected officials.
Engaged the Minneapolis/St Paul home tour, with Little Bohemia homes on the tour for three consecutive years. Served as a community ambassador on the 2014 MSP Home Tour.
Engaged the community to work with the Saint Paul Public Schools during the school relocations in 2010. When a school for emotionally-behaviorally disordered teenagers was moved to the neighborhood, led the successful effort to welcome and engage the school resulting in a positive outcome for the community, school and students.