Friday, August 3, 2012

Do you have ideas for lower Georgia Avenue? Meet next week!


Just got this from the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force. Sounds like a good event for those living on the southern part of Georgia Ave.

Greetings,
 
Residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders of Lower Georgia Avenue from New Hampshire to S St are invited to share your ideas on what you want to see happen in your neighborhood. 

HOST: The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force

WHEN: Saturday August 11 from 9-4
WHERE: The Howard University School of Architecture at 6th and Howard Place NW
FREE LUNCH will be provided by the Georgia Avenue Businesses

RSVP is not required, but would be appreciated to help with planning

Who is this Review for?
This review is for residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders of Lower Georgia Avenue.  We especially want the residents to see what’s happening in the community and bring fresh ideas.

What will happen?
Participants will focus on particular areas on Georgia Avenue , ones where we as a community can have input either because its public land or because a developer or property owner is interested in our opinion.  There will be four “opportunity areas” we will focus on in parallel sessions:
  1. Vacant lots at Georgia Avenue and Otis, Georgia and Park Rd. and Georgia and Kenyon.  
  2. New retail at the Heights, The Vue and The Avenue. 
  3. The Bruce Monroe Site. 
  4. New retail at two planned Howard University buildings at Georgia and Bryant, the  Howard Town Center and Progression Place.   
The morning will consist of two sets of parallel sessions so each participant can choose two of the four areas at this review.  Facilitators will guide you through a visioning process specific to the area.  After these sessions, free lunch will be provided by the businesses on Georgia Avenue.  There will be vegetarian options. In the afternoon we will continue the dialog as one group, sharing the session results and welcoming any city officials or special guests.

How will this information be used?
Our previous review of Lower Georgia Avenue  held in August of 2010 fed into a set of recommendations which the Task Force has been continually working to implement.  A report of this review can be downloaded athttps://sites.google.com/site/pleasantplainsdc/task-force/Aug_7th_Community_Review_Report.pdf   The results of this review will factor significantly in an action plan for the GACDTF as we continue our work.   

What is the GACDTF?
The GACDTF is a community group representing merchants, non-profit organizations, individual community residents, and other stakeholders on Lower Georgia Avenue.  It was founded in December of 2009 to promote active citizen involvement in the redevelopment of Georgia Avenue.  The focus of the Task Force is the stretch of Georgia Avenue from New Hampshire Avenue to S St, with the two blocks east and west of Georgia Avenue included in our scope.  We meet every 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday each  month.  A two year report on our progress is available at https://sites.google.com/site/pleasantplainsdc/task-force/GACDTF_Progress_Report_Dec_2009-December_2011.docx


If I can’t make the Review, how can I stay in touch
Contact Sylvia Robinson at (202) 462-2285 or sylvia@ecacollective.org , or join the Task Force listserve directly at GA_AVE_Community_Development-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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