There was a great turnout last night for a community meeting hosted by Nxtbook Media 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/