Seminary Townhouse Association
STA is comprised of 56 families residing in the 54 townhouses and two freestanding houses in the 800 and 900 blocks of the south side of Fullerton Ave., the 800 blocks of Chalmers Place and the north side of Belden Ave. The Association has been in existence since McCormick Theological Seminary, previous owners of the property, moved to Hyde Park in 1975.
Each home and yard is individually owned, but the exterior fences, sidewalks, streets and alleys are owned by the Association alone or in conjunction with DePaul University. A monthly assessment pays for the maintenance of common property, as well as social activities and events, and other services which the Association provides.
Parking in the interior streets is limited to STA member cars which must have a STA sticker in the lower right corner (passenger side) of the windshield. Permits are available for guests on a limited use basis.
The City provides garbage collection service on Mondays and Thursdays. The Association provides for pickup of recyclable materials each Wednesday, and twice a year STA provides dumpsters on Chalmers Place to help residents unload their basements.
The entire property is a Chicago Landmark District. In addition, the property lies within the boundaries of the Sheffield Historic District, a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Thus the buildings are subject to Federal, State, and local provisions for landmarks. Also the STA Architectural Guidelines in conjunction with the STA Declaration require that plans for any exterior building modifications and any structural changes on the interior be approved by the STA Board of Directors after recommendation by the Architectural Committee before construction begins. In addition to maintaining the historic character and structural integrity of the buildings the Guidelines provide for accommodation to other residents through such things as preservation of light and open space.
We have a strong sense of community. STA holds a number of community activities throughout the year, such as picnics, parades and talent shows. These and the STA newsletter help members to get to know their neighbors. There are two members’ meetings each year: the annual meeting in the fall when board members are elected and the Spring General Meeting.
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