Sandy Sparks is the president of the Charles Village Civic Association. A long time resident of the area and advocate for the community, we were excited to spend some time talking about Charles Village and Greater Homewood with her.
Tell us a little bit about CVCA-what is it you do exactly?
The primary focus of CVCA is to promote and strengthen Charles Village. Among the chief focuses of the organization are land use and zoning issues. The CVCA has fantastic continuity, as it has been around since the late 1960’s.
How is CVCA different from the Charles Village Community Benefits District (CVCBD)?
CVCA is very distinct! CVCBD is in many ways its own creation- they are established by state law, wheras CVCA is a neighborhood community association. The entire mission of CVCBD (Safe & Clean) differs. Besides the scope and intentions, the levels of marketing and promotion also differ.
What do you love most about being located in Greater Homewood?
There are a number of things! The diversity of the area continues to be a very appealing feature. There are many resources for improvement and opportunities to use them creatively. The area continues to improve so it is a joy to witness.
What prompted you to become a sponsor of GHCC?
I have been involved with GHCC since the 1980’s. During the 1980’s I served on the GHCC board so I am very familiar with the organization’s mission and goals. As a homeowner you become increasingly invested in your community, and GHCC is an organization that really advocates for the area.
What is CVCA’s proudest accomplishment in years?
Among the greatest accomplishments are the “Charles Street Master Plan” and the Charles Street construction. I am also proud of CVCA’s involvement in bringing in new business’ and our continued support for local schools.