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Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue is Formed

In the effort to continue the revitalization and beautification of the Melrose District and its surrounding neighborhoods, the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA) is eager to announce the formation of the Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue (CASA).

“We are excited to perpetuate the positive work that has already been done in the Melrose District,” says CASA President, Meghan Olesen.  “By working together we can continue to build a unique and vibrant area.”

CASA was formed to create a strong alliance between the residents of Pierson Place, Woodlea/Melrose, Grandview and Carnation Neighborhood Associations; as well as the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association with the goal of facilitating pedestrian friendly beautification projects that are mutually beneficial to the diverse population that reside, work and play in the Melrose District.

“Woodlea Melrose residents are excited to continue our partnership with SAMA in a way that focuses on the community as a whole,” added Pam Pawlowski, Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood Association Vice Chair.  “We can’t wait to get project ideas from our neighbors.  Their involvement is important to the overall success!”

“Pierson Place is delighted to be part of new improvements on 7th Ave!  The projects to date are a testament to what great things neighbors can accomplish when working together, and we look forward to continuing that trend.  We know that improving our border is equally important to adjacent neighborhoods and business districts alike.  No doubt our residents will enjoy this opportunity!”  Charles Jones, President, Pierson Place Historic District.

The Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue Board is interested to hear all project ideas, big and small.  Residents and community members are encouraged to contact the board with project ideas they can consider for implementation.

For more information please contact Meghan Olesen at 480.703.2620 or email

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