The proposal to renovate the West Broad School campus is just another step in a long history of community involvement in the West Broad Rising initiative. Over 15 years of events, community projects, neighborhood input sessions and studies have been completed in the neighborhood.
The potential functions and site uses presented in this proposal directly reflect community needs that have been identified during neighborhood input sessions and events in the West Broad neighborhood over the past eight years. Below is a consolidated list of the most important needs identified by the community as well as an overview of the public input sessions.
Community input began with a neighborhood map where residents placed green dots on areas of positive activity and red dots in areas that need improvement. Public input was mapped along with historic building data from the neighborhood. Information was gathered through interviews, mapping, surveys and design charrettes.
INPUT SESSION DATES:
2/2013: Community Design Charrette at the Center for Community Design and Preservation
9/2016: Community Input Meeting at HT Edwards Campus
12/2016: Community Input Meeting at Clarke Central Campus
4/2017: West Broad Neighborhood Block Party and Open House
COMMUNITY IDENTIFIED NEEDS
• Place for kids / recreation
• Restaurants and food
• Youth Services
• Adult Ed
• African American Museum
• Historic Monument
• Grocery Store
• Social Services
• Retail Stores
• Community Center
• Clothing and daycare are businesses that community members would like to start.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER NEEDS
• Space /support to grow a business
• An affordable place to sell and train that serves the African-American community.
• Economic Empowerment
• Support services to establish a business
• A highly visible location
• Affordable retail space
• Business Training and development
• Commercial Kitchen
• Finance / Bookkeeping counseling
Timeline of Community Engagement