Elliot Park community members attending February focus groups said their area needs more greening, more cultural venues, more restaurants and continued diverse housing options. The meetings were held to gather ideas for the area's Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Phase II Plan.
Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) Executive Director Tom Reid said 12-15 people attended each meeting, which covered housing, economic development, and community livability and safety.
EPNI will hold March meetings on the same subjects to "flesh out the ideas and organize them around more specific goals and objectives," Reid said. Anyone who lives, works, or owns property or a business in Elliot Park is encouraged to attend the meetings, even if he or she did not go in February.
Once the brainstorming is done, the ideas will be written into the neighborhood's Phase II NRP Plan, which EPNI hopes to present at its May 16 annual meeting.
NRP money, which comes from property taxes spun off from Downtown development, goes to each city neighborhood for community members to redirect. The 20-year program is in its final decade. The neighborhood's $648,504 Phase II allocation is smaller than the $4.8 million for Phase I because funding was cut citywide.
All meetings are at the Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 E. 14th St. (Elliot Park covers Downtown roughly between I-35W, I-94, South 6th Street and 5th Avenue South.)
Topics and focus group times are as follows:
Community Livability and Safety:
- Monday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.;
- Wednesday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.;
- Thursday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.;
Multiple focus groups will meet Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact EPNI at 335-5846.