Shockoe Bottom Alternative Plan: Community Review
This is the citywide meeting to review the DRAFT alternative proposal for preservation and development of the Shockoe Bottom.
Sat. August 15th at 1:00 pm
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Timeline of the Community Process:In early March the Spring issue of The Virginia Defender newspaper carried the front page story and announcement of the upcoming Community Process to develop an Alternative Plan for Shockoe Bottom's historic district:
- March: Four Community Brainstorming Sessions to gather community sentiments and suggestions
- April-July: Craft the Draft Proposal
- August: Present the Draft at a citywide Community Meeting
- September: Present the Proposal to City Council
In May we announced that we were ready to take the next steps to translate the community suggestions into the proposal document and presentation materials. We called for volunteers to work on those actual document components, including research back-up materials, writing, keeping up with events, etc.
We formed the Working Committee from those that responded (27 people).
On May 30, we held the first Working Session to transcribe all the handwritten suggestions that came from the Community Brainstorming Sessions (on index cards, scribes notes and by email). That resulted in 24 pages of typewritten suggestions.
We've held 5 Working Sessions since then - 2 in person and 3 by phone - to reach the point where we are today, to have an organized presentation and DRAFT proposal ready for the community on August 15 at 1pm. The goal will be to review, critique, make recommendations, and approve the proposal for finalization and presentation to city council members.