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LINC hosts open house on Grandville Avenue revitalization

November 6, 2013
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LINC hosts public meeting on Grandville Avenue revitalization
The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit LINC Community Revitalization invites public feedback on neighborhood-based work. Courtesy LINC 

Business owners and residents are going to sit down and have a chat Thursday about the revitalization of Grandville Avenue in Grand Rapids.

There will be a community-planning open house tomorrow, hosted by LINC Community Revitalization, at the Cook Library Center, from noon-2 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.

The conversation is part of a community-planning process that started weeks ago.

Public input

LINC, a Kent County neighborhood revitalization nonprofit, is planning to give architects, designers and attendees a chance to tour the neighborhood and create their own maps — giving LINC ideas on the vision for the area’s development.

An art project for children will also be available to allow the community’s youth to share their perspective on development.

LINC expects about 100 people to come for the two sessions, said Lakiya Jenkins, LINC planning coordinator.

“They can print out maps of the corridor, and we put out icons and specifics, so they can say what they want in an area,” Jenkins said. “So let’s say there’s an abandoned building. They can be creative and mark what they wish that would be, like a day care or a gas station.

“It’s an opportunity to uplift the community voice,” added Jenkins.

Revitalization plan

When all is said and done, LINC will take the suggestions and formulate a potential design plan for the neighborhood.

The plan will then be presented to the community at Cesar Chavez Elementary School on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.

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