During Mayor Rusty Paul’s recent State of the City address, he noted that creating a healthy and vibrant retail environment, along with affordable housing in the city’s north end, is a top priority for city leadership. On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the City is hosting an Open House forum to gather community input, helping shape that vision.
The Open House will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Event Hall located at 8610 Roswell Road. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. There will be a short presentation followed by the visioning session.
In January, the City Council adopted redevelopment of the North End as a priority for the City. The low-density rental housing typical of the 1960s and 1970s, a declining retail environment, and a lack of advancement found in other parts of the city are cited among reasons for the focused attention. A task force was named in March to lead the process. The task force will focus on four sets of activities as part of their vision and planning:
- Citizen engagement: Including sessions with those living in the North End and those living elsewhere in the city to gain insight into both concerns and hopes for redevelopment and how to implement those improvements.
- Work Sessions to assess the North End’s current situation, exploration of different visions of what could be, considerations of obstacles, creating a draft vision and provide the City Council with a set of recommendations.
- Create an organized way of bringing feedback into the task force’s work from landowners and businesses as well as nonprofit organizations involved with workforce housing.
- Providing a written report of the task for findings and recommendations.
The July 25 Open House is the first public meeting intended to take in citizen input.