SNA Annual Meeting is on Monday, February 27 at 7pm

Please join us for our Summit Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting, this coming Monday, February 27 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held in the main auditorium of  Summit Commons at 99 Hillside Drive.

While we do have some interesting items and speakers on the agenda for the evening, the most important item is you.  Please come share your thoughts, concerns and questions with us, and join the discussion on how to make Summit an even better place to live (if that’s possible!)..

We have confirmed the Mayor of Providence Angel Taveras will join us and address the room.  We will also have Summit’s own State Senator Rhoda Perry and Speaker-of-the-House Gordon Fox.  Also joining us will be Summit’s new Providence Police Lieutenant John Ryan, leaders from our Merchants Associations, and a special guest to lead a discussion on the potential of community gardening in Summit.

This is also the meeting where we elect a new Board of Directors for the organization.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor.  Get there on time, as this item is the first on the agenda!

We very much hope that you can join us for our biggest open meeting of the year.  (Of course, all board of directors meetings are open to the public, the third Monday of every month, 7pm at Summit Commons.)

Welcome the North Main Street Merchants Association!

The North Main Street committee of SNA has been hard at work on forming the formal North Main Street Merchants Association, a separate non-profit organization with the purpose of bettering this important and historic commercial corridor.  They are very pleased to announce that the first meeting of this new organization has taken place.  The organization still needs to be officially formed as a non-profit, and this first meeting was held to gauge merchant interest in such an organization.

On this past Wednesday evening, its first meeting was held at The Sandwich Hut.  Present were members of the SNA North Main Street committee, as well as eleven interested merchants.  Also, there are several other interested merchants who could not make this meeting, but who hope to join the organization.

It was an encouraging start.  We look forward to formalizing the organization and continuing the work of turning North Main Street back into a neighborhood main street that is safe, well-lit, pedestrian-friendly, and full of occupied commercial and residential properties.

Peter Kammerer of the Sandwich Hut has been a major driving force behind this new organization, as well as behind the SNA North Main Street committee since its inception more than eight years ago.  Others instrumental to the project include Summit neighbors Anneliese Greenier and Greg Gerritt, SNA Preseident George Schietinger and SNA VP Jim Kelley.  North Main Street has a long road ahead, and theirs and others continued efforts are appreciated by all.

Summit Featured in Providence Journal Real Estate Section


01:00 AM EST on Sunday, December 21, 2008

By Christine Dunn
Journal Staff Writer


This marker at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Memorial Road shows the spot where French troops commanded by Count Rochambeau were encamped in 1782. The area is now part of the Summit neighborhood.

The Providence Journal / Kris Craig


Summit is not a presence on the City of Providence’s official map of neighborhoods, and even leaders of the Summit Neighborhood Association say their group has no formal boundaries defining the area.

But unofficially, this neighborhood near Miriam Hospital includes all of what is called Hope, and parts of Mount Hope and Blackstone, on the city’s East Side. North Main Street and Hope Street are its commercial centers.

Jonathan Howard, vice president of the Summit Neighborhood Association, said that since he moved to Summit 25 years ago, he’s noticed that more families are staying in the neighborhood beyond the time when their children start school.

Howard’s three children attended public schools, and he said the decline in suburban flight has helped strengthen the neighborhood.

It used to be, he said, that “people come here, buy a house, get a dog, have babies… and move out when the kids are 5.”

But today, “I see my neighbors with younger kids getting active in Gregorian, or Martin Luther King [city elementary schools].”

“We really worked hard to get Bishop Middle School preserved and renewed,” he added, and many in the neighborhood are looking forward to the reopening of that school next year.

A diverse mix of ages can be found most mornings at the Seven Stars Bakery at the corner of Hope and Fourth streets, a favored meeting spot in Summit. Parents with babies and toddlers, college students, and older adults fill the tables at the caf? across from the Festival Ballet building on Hope.

Miriam Hospital is the neighborhood’s largest institutional presence, employing about 2,200 people in its buildings in the heart of the residential section of Summit.

More recently the neighborhood association has turned its attention to improving North Main Street.

North Main Street fell into a decline after flagships including Sears, Shaw’s, Window Fashions and Off-Track Bedding closed.

“One of the ideas is around developing North Main into a really useful retail source for the n! eighborh ood,” Howard said.

“It’s been a very vital part of the past for Providence, and it was a much more active street,” he said. There used to be more restaurants, retail activity and entertainment venues, and “our dream is to to try to encourage developers to go that way.”

Another goal is “to get people living on North Main Street,” with the addition of mixed-use development, he added.

“More modest things are happening already,” Howard said. The former Window Fashions store has been taken over by doctors who opened an urgent care center, the old Penalty Box has been fixed up by some young entrepreneurs who have opened a “nice club” that features live entertainment, he said.

In addition, Hope Street merchants have formed an association this year in an effort to make their street a better-known shopping destination.

Summit offers a diverse mix of housing options, including single-family houses, apartment rentals in multifamily houses, owner-occupied multifamily housing, and condominiums and apartment buildings.

Single-family listings in the Summit area last week included a bank-owned house built in 1900 at 70 Woodbine St. in Mount Hope, priced at $146,900, but the lowest-priced non-distressed single-family listing in Summit was a 1940 Cape at 38 5th St., with three bedrooms and two full baths, priced at $289,900. The top price in the single-family listings was a renovated 1902 Colonial at 3 Catalpa Rd., on Summit Hill, with five bedrooms, two full bathrooms and 3,000 square feet of space, priced at $499,000.

Multifamily listings started at $54,900 for a two-family built in 1900 at 89 Knowles St. that has undergone a partial renovation. The listing information said the property needs “completion,” and was to be sold “as is” with a “bank addendum,” indicating the property is a foreclosure.

Non-distressed multifamily listings in the neighborhood started at $329,000, for a two-family at 33 11th St., to $589,000 for a two-family built in 1940 at 207 6th St. that has been “completely renovated,” acco! rding to the listing information.

Prices for condominiums listed for sale in Summit last week started at $104,900 for a bank-owned foreclosure in an 1870 building at 20 7th St., with two bedrooms and one bathroom; the top price was $273,000, for a three-bedroom townhouse built in 2006 at 26 7th St.


(Providence, 2000) 173,618


(East Side of Providence, 2007) $468,075


The North Burial Ground, which borders the west side of North Main Street in Summit, was established in 1700, and it was the city’s first dedicated, common open space.



Workshop on No. Main History – Tues. Sept. 23

Please join expert guests and neighborhood sages for a lively discussion of North Main’s surprising past (and potential rebirth) as a sports, entertainment and retail center at the Carriage House Theater, 9 Duncan Avenue from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. (Duncan Avenue is opposite the Branch Ave. fire house between Action Auto Parts and a law office. The Carriage House is right behind the law office.)

Featured Presenters:
Dr. Robert Cvornyek, Chairman, History Department, Rhode Island College
Mack Woodward, Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission
Special Guests:
Stanley Crum, neighborhood historian
J Hogue, Art in Ruins
Morgan Grefe, RI Historical Society

For more information, visit our new site for North Main Street:

Yard Sale Held May 17

The Summit Neighborhood Association’s annual yard sale was held on May 17, the  rain date. The sun came out before the  9:00 start and with organaizer Connie Chesbrough’s experience and the hard work of many volunteers, another successful Summit Neighborhood Association yard sale was held. As usual, there was a mad rush as the gate was opened at the 9:00 post time. Offers were made and accepted, and many treasures were discovered and carted away.

This year’s yard sale profits will go to Save the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park.

Build your social capital at SNA meeting Feb 25

Join us for the biggest neighborhood meeting of the year, the Annual Meeting of SNA members on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7PM at the Rochambeau Branch Library, 708 Hope Street.

We’ll review SNA activities, elect our new 2008 board and explore ways to build your non-monetary portfolio – your social capital account. The idea of social capital was popularized in Robert Putnam’s 1999 book Bowling Alone. (more…)