Subarea 2 Recap Meeting Summary

June 10, 2017
C.A. Scott Recreation Center

On Saturday morning, June 10th, the D3: Westside Revive planning team hosted a public meeting at the C.A. Scott Recreation Center focused on the future of Subarea 2, a section of City Council District 3 which includes Grove Park, West Lake, Hunter Hill, Washington Park, and Bankhead. This “Recap Meeting” was a follow-up to the initial Subarea 2 Workshop held over Memorial Day weekend, and many of the original attendees gathered to hear the findings of the planning team and comment on the proposed concepts for their subarea.

Council member Ivory Young welcomed the attendees, and spoke about the importance of citizen participation. “One thing I like about these D3: Westside Revive meetings,” he said, “is seeing so many new faces—folks who don’t show up at the other meetings.” Council member Young reminded the audience to stay engaged in the process. “This is your opportunity for your ideas and your priorities to flourish.”

After Project Manager Contente Terry reviewed the D3 schedule and introduced the consultant team, lead urban designer Herman Howard presented the Framework Plan and Development Plan for Subarea 2. These plans identified opportunities for connectivity, preservation, greenspace, and new development. Howard specifically invited residents to make corrections to the plans, even writing their comments directly on the concept boards.

Next, participants were invited to visit the three breakout stations located throughout the venue to talk with the planning team and offer their ideas.

Station 1. Discover 

At this station, residents had the opportunity to share their memories of the neighborhood with a professional writer and to record their oral histories on video. These memories of neighborhood small businesses, entertainment venues, schools and parks are being recorded on an interactive story map alongside historical research about the area.

Station 2. Discuss

At the Discuss station, residents were asked to complete a 40-question survey to help develop the Well-being Index for Subarea 2. This electronic survey was administered on iPads and focused on the topics of Housing, Jobs and Income, Education, Environment, Health, Safety, Community and Civic Engagement, and Connectivity.

Station 3. Design 

Participants reviewed and commented on large concept boards of the draft Framework Plan and Development Plan for Subarea 2. These detailed redevelopment plans focused on 4 key areas along Joseph E. Boone Blvd, the subarea’s major east/west corridor, and identified major opportunities within each area, such as connections to the Beltline and the historic Ashby Theater.

Attendees were encouraged to follow the project website (www.d3-westsiderevive.com) and to participate in future public meetings, particularly the final District 3 Recap in August where all the subarea plans will be presented as a comprehensive District-wide vision.