Public Kick Off Meeting: 11/01/2016

On Tuesday, November 1st, a group of more than 85 residents and local stakeholders came together for the Kick Off of the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Planning Initiative! Hosted at 2720 Cherokee, the event provided an overview of the planning process, an introduction to the Steering Committee and project staff, and a variety of engagement activities to catalog current community conditions and prioritize focus areas for further investigation and recommendations.

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If you weren’t able to make it, we have developed online versions of our kick off engagement activities that can be accessed here. We will also be doing this outreach on-the-ground in order to ensure we are capturing as many voices as possible, including those who may not have access to the internet.

We are in the process of cataloging the input we gathered during the meeting, and will have summaries online soon! One major takeaway is the importance of an inclusive and collaborative process, with intentional outreach to people of color, lower-income individuals, and young people. We are busy working on this and would love your help to make it happen. If you have ideas or people we should talk with, feel free to contact us!

If you missed it, loved it, and/ or want to get more of your neighbors involved, please join us for the first “Working” Meeting on Tuesday, November 29th at 6:30pm at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center. RSVP and Share this Facebook event with your friends, neighbors and family — including those who may not be online!  The theme will be on “People”, discussing and making recommendations for planning options that will serve the needs of youth, families, elders and all members of our community. Childcare and food will be provided again.

Thank you so much for your participation and we look forward to continue to work with you throughout the entire planning process.

Steering Committee Meeting #1: 09/29/2016

On the evening of September 29th, 2016, we convened the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Steering Committee for the group’s first meeting. Ten of the fourteen members of the committee were in attendance, as well as representatives from Dutchtown South Community Corporation (DSCC), Rise Community Development (Rise) and Lutheran Development Group (LDG). You can find the meeting’s agenda here.

During the meeting, the project was introduced and the reasons behind the specific planning area were discussed (you can find that explanation in the FAQ section). DSCC led the meeting, beginning with an overview of the community engagement process, followed by an activity where values and goals of the committee were discussed. Committee Members expressed thoughts on the following topics:

  • They affirmed need to have youth outreach events, as well as diverse representation throughout the community engagement process, including on the steering committee.
  • They expressed confidence in the group assembled thus far and want to ensure a broad and inclusive process.
  • They discussed the naming of the process, delivering recommendations that led to: The Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan
  • They expressed excitement for what happens after the plan, emphasizing the need for a strong implementation plan to ensure that recommendations are carried out.

The Committee then tasked DSCC and Rise with following up on their recommendations and preparing for the kickoff event.