Neighbors United was pleased with the turnout for a Community Meeting on February 10, with the Lancaster City Alliance, businesses and residents.
Building on Strength is the Economic Development Strategic Plan for the City of Lancaster, PA. It is important to know that there are 8 focus areas that the City and LCA wish to address over the next 15 years. Our neighborhood area of focus is in the NE along New Holland Ave. including: Plum and Walnut Street Anchor, Ross Street Gateway, and New Holland Ave infill.
After hearing about the plan, we were invited to share our concerns and dreams for the neighborhood. Input from neighbors included (to name a few): a desire for a gathering place for residents, a coffee shop, more pet friendly/outdoor dining establishments, a grocery store, better use of alleys, adding small residential units above alley garages, better street wayfaring, places to safely walk and improvements to our gateways -- especially near the Amtrak bridges, and better attempts at inclusiveness to get more residents involved.
Our city is growing and we wish to continue in the right direction. A plan that focuses on areas beyond the Downtown core is essential. For more information on the plan, visit: http://www.lancastercityalliance.org/building-on-strength/
Here is a recap of the meeting produced by the Lancaster City Alliance:
Public Meeting Minutes
New Holland Avenue
Date: February 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nxtbook Media
Purpose: Inform neighborhood stakeholders about the City’s Strategic Economic Development Plan, Hear from neighborhood about neighborhood strengths and opportunities and collaborate with neighbors to support and facilitate ideas for enhanced quality of life.
Presenters: Marshall Snively, Executive VP/COO, DID Executive Director and Shelby Nauman, Vice President
Prepared by: Lancaster City Alliance
This is the first public meeting since launching the 15-Year Strategic Economic Development Plan on June 11th 2015 to talk with New Holland Avenue Stakeholders and Neighbors about the Plan Strategies and to engage in dialogue about strengths, opportunities and vision for the Plan Commercial Hubs and neighborhoods with residents and stakeholders.
Marshall Snively welcomed attendees and asked for brief introductions (about 40 people attended).
Marshall thanked and introduced Michael Biggerstaff who gave a brief introduction about Nxtbook Media.
Marshall Snively and Shelby Nauman gave a brief overview of the Plan focus area, community engagement, community insights and Plan vision, aspirations and outcomes related to Strategic Economic Development.
Shelby Nauman facilitated group dialogue to identify neighborhood strengths and opportunities:
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