OUR WEST BAYFRONT COMMUNITY PLAN
Please click here to view the Our West Bayfront Community Plan.
Our West Bayfront engaged in a 9 month planning process which involved a community-driven process focused on understanding our neighborhoods and planning for their successful future. Our completed plan was presented to the community in July 2016. To view our neighborhood plan which will guide our neighborhoods toward a successful future, please click here.
Our group is currently implementing its plan and always welcomes participation. To get involved, please sign up for our mailing list by visiting http://www.ourwestbayfront.org/sign-up-for-our-newsletter/
In 2012, the West Bayfront Planning Collaborative received a Great Ideas Grant to fund an initial plan for our neighborhoods. The plan helped us reach our current identity as Our West Bayfront. To further the efforts of the group, in 2015 we began with a request for proposal to create a five-year strategic plan and a one year implementation strategy for neighborhood revitalization and preservation. On July 15, 2015, a prebid conference was held. City Architecture was awarded the contract in August. Over the next several months, City Architecture held numerous focus groups in homes, businesses, and community organizations. Residents were given the opportunity to highlight their neighborhood’ assets and make suggestions for improvement. View the minutes from our focus groups here:
Focus Group – MHA Residents and Staff
Focus Group – Gannon University Students
Focus Group – North West residents 1
Focus Group – North West Residents 2
Focus Group – South West residents
Focus Group – Strong Vincent High School
Focus Group – Landlords
Focus Group – Private Business Owners
Focus Group – Elected Officials and Government Offices
Focus Group – Gridley Park and Garden Court
Focus Group – Erie Insurance Focus Group Minutes
Community Meeting – Community Meeting-Summary
March 2016 Update – Steering Committee Presentation – This meeting was held to provide an opportunity for residents within the Our West Bayfront area to hear an update of the community planning process and to share their concerns and aspirations for the area during a range of discussions and activities. The March 2016 update gave the community an opportunity to react to the information gathering phase. The slide show provides an overview of the planning process to date. It covers project schedule, public outreach and community feedback. Physical analysis of the planning area addresses patterns and areas of influence, identifying assets, activity generators, key corridors, gateways and redevelopment opportunities. The identification of Focus Areas takes a more detailed look at ten areas within the community to build upon existing or potential assets. Each of these areas has been studied and a series of preliminary ideas for improvements is included. The identification of 3-4 priority focus areas will enable the Our West Bayfront team to focus resources and attention on an initial set of catalytic initiatives to spark further reinvestment throughout the community.
April 5, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm – Steering Committee Meeting Minutes April 5, 2016, 5:00-7:00 pm – Steering Committee Meeting Presentation – This meeting was held at the Martin Luther King Center and served as a chance for City Architecture to make neighborhood recommendations and hear feedback which will be used to guide the steering committee moving forward. (For minutes from this presentation, please click here for the Minutes.
A draft of the OWB Neighborhoods plan was shared on Monday, May 23 at a large community meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and feedback was collected through the beginning of June leading to a draft final plan.
On June 30, a final draft was presented to the community for feedback. The consultants also discussed ways to successfully implement our plan.