October 20, 2018

Woodland Cemetery Update at October meeting

The October monthly Woodland Heights Organization meeting was held Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

John Woolson, Cemetery Operations Supervisor with Des Moines Parks & Recreation addresses the WHO monthly meeting Oct. 16, 2018
Des Moines Parks & Rec's John Woolson was the 2nd of two guests to speak at the meeting.  He highlighted restoration of monuments/grave markers happening at Woodland Cemetery.  Woolson reminded neighbors to contact him or Mid-American Energy directly if lights are burned out, because we want everything to be adequately visible at night.  Woolson received comments from neighbors about the poor condition of some of the roads in the cemetery as well as parking concerns (lack of) around Chamberlain Park. 

This post typed by Phil.
The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights.  Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses.  WHO is a volunteer organization.
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September 19, 2018

Neighbors speak at Woodland Heights town hall

The Woodland Heights Organization held a 'town hall' styled meeting September, 18, 2018.  Neighbors took turns sharing ideas, concerns, and asking questions.

Neighborhood Based Service Delivery (NBSD) Unit Officer, Sgt. Yanira Scarlett answers Woodland Heights Neighbors' questions at the town hall neighborhood meeting at Scottish Rite Park Sept. 18, 2018

Approximately 20 neighbors attended the meeting.  The following came directly from the town hall:
Questions, comments, concerns, goals, and ideas from neighbors:
1. Idea: Collaboration with North of Grand neighborhood
2. Concern: Gentrification of Woodland Heights neighborhood
3. Goal: Increase Scottish Rite Park resident engagement with WHO
4. Question: How do we differentiate WHO and our neighborhood from other neighborhoods and associations (specifically North of Grand)
5. Comment: WHO provides a good way to find out what's going on in the neighborhood
6. Idea: Working on housing issues in Des Moines (Bridging the Gap)
7. Question: Does Airbnb work in neighborhood?
8. Concern: Rents are going sky high
9. Concern: Make sure landlords keep rental housing stock in fair condition
10. Concern/Question: Is someone sleeping in Chamberlain Park and causing disturbance?
11. Question: What is the best thing for neighbors to do if homeless are in Chamberlain Park after-hours?
12. Idea: Joppa is a group that helps with homelessness in Des Moines
13. Comment: Can use neighborhood meetings to learn what's happening in Woodland Heights
14. Comment: Welcome to new neighbors!
15. Question: Aren't we happy that home values are increasing?
16. Concern: 8 reported auto accidents on Woodland in 2018 year-to-date
17. Idea: Increase amount of 'no parking' space near 24th and Woodland
18. Idea: Investigate making 24th Street 1-way between Woodland and Center

Sergeant Scarlett recommended neighbors review the CrimeMapping.com website to keep aware of incidents in Des Moines.  And as neighbors see anything suspicious or troubling, please call it in to the non-emergency police number:  515-283-4811  (you can report anonymously).  If you see something, say something.

This post typed by Phil.
The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights.  Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses.  WHO is a volunteer organization.
for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

July 25, 2018

Woodland Heights 2018 National Night Out

Woodland Heights Neighborhood Event
as part of the National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 @ Chamberlain Park, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, August 7,2018, the Woodland Heights Organization will once again host a National Night Out event at Chamberlain Park, located at 2150 Woodland Ave. 

This nationwide annual event is a great social evening that strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. 
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. This is a FREE event and is Family Friendly. Food and Drinks are provided. 

FREE PARKING: Freedom Financial Bank @ Woodland & MLK (parking lot entrance on Woodland) is generously inviting NNO attendees to park in the bank's parking lot after 5 pm. 

To read past issues of WHO email newsletter, follow this link (bit.ly/whoemail).
Questions, comments, concerns, news tips? This blog post typed by Phil K.
Email who50312@gmail.com

March 20, 2017

Don't forget - Meeting on 3/21/17

Join us for our neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, March 21st and 7:00 p.m.  We're in a new location!! The Scottish Rite Park at 2909 Woodland Avenue.  Enter from Woodland and park where you can.  When you enter the building, please sign-in at the reception desk before taking the elevator to the Penthouse floor.

We'll have several guests tomorrow - be sure to attend and get the latest information on the neighborhood!

Hope to see you there.

August 18, 2016

Join us: Planning and Zoning @ 6 p.m.

Tonight the City will discuss the proposed urban development (PUD) at the ChinaOne location.  Please don't forget to attend to have your voice heard.   Meeting is at 1551 East Martin Luther King Parkway.


The WHO submitted this letter to the City:

July 29, 2016
To: City of Des Moines
From: Woodland Heights Organization
RE: Proposed Planned Unit Development at 2301 Ingersoll

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) held a special neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposal submitted by Roers Investments for 2301 Ingersoll Avenue (China One).  During our meeting, neighbors discussed:
·         What makes our neighborhood great, unique, special?
·         How does the plan help the neighborhood?
·         What in the plan doesn’t work for the neighborhood?
·         What if any changes must / should be made to the plan?

After much discussion, the WHO voted and we are not in support of the proposed PUD project (that was up-to-date as of July 25, 2016). 

Areas of Concern
Under the current proposed plan, many in the neighborhood feel there are four key areas that need to be reconsidered.  We ask the city to consider these objections during the PUD input process:
1.       Population to Parking Ratio is Too Low.  As voiced in our earlier meeting on June 21, 2016 with Roers Investments, there is concern about the high number of units (and that none were owner-occupied) in the plan.  Additional density brings challenges – for traffic, parking and safety.  We’d like to:
a.       See the number of apartments substantially reduced and parking areas increased. 
b.      Understand the shared parking discussions with Mediacom – especially as it relates to snow ordinance parking concerns.
c.       Get better insight into the 24 hour car moving requirement for city street and/or right-of-ways.
d.      See single family homes on High Street maintain similar character traits and placement that is in the rest of the neighborhood. 
2.       Safety.  The number of units being in the proposed plan creates traffic and safety concerns for residents – especially on streets adjacent to the proposed development.  We encourage the city to conduct traffic monitoring and look for ways to minimize disruption to residents.  Our neighbors cited walkability, neighborhood safety and being a family-friendly community as key attributes that make Woodland Heights “great.” Higher traffic counts on Woodland and High streets can reduce home values.
3.       Lack of Owner-Occupied Housing.  The neighborhood has tried to maintain a good balance of rental- versus owner-occupied dwellings.  We have found that owner-occupied dwellings have helped stabilize the community and property values.   Our character plan from 2014 continues to support this desire that was originally put in our 1991 plan.
4.       Insufficient Greenspace.  Our neighbors are proud of our community nestled in a “main corridor” of the city.  The current plan should be analyzed for opportunities to infuse green spaces, natural landscaping and more trees that are in line with neighborhood character.

While the WHO appreciates the opportunities and advantages a proposal like this brings to the neighborhood, we want to sure it meets the needs of our residents and enhances the long-term vitality of the neighborhood. We want to protect the attributes that make our neighborhood great, such as walkability, family friendly, diversity of residents, architecture and businesses, lush landscape and safety.   

Many of our neighbors will be in attendance for the Planning and Zoning and City Council meetings that will feature this topic.

July 25, 2016

Brainstorming .. In Process - Join Us!

We'll be at the Mickle Center until 7:45 p.m. answering these questions:

1 - What makes our neighborhood great, unique special?

2 - How does the plan help the neighborhood?

3 - What in the plan doesn’t work for the neighborhood?

4 - What if anything must / should be proposed to be changed in the plan? 

There's still time to join the conversation. Kids welcome.

Join Us .. Meeting Starts in 10 Minutes

Make sure your views are expressed for the Ingersoll development proposal.  We'll be voting on the neighborhood's position by the end of the meeting.