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City to Host Open House on North Side Neighborhood Planning Initiatives, Community Programs and Major Capital Projects.

From the Office of Mayor Ryan:

The City of Binghamton announced that it will host a neighborhood meeting to share updates on multiple planning and development projects that are ongoing in the City's North Side this Thursday, November 14th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Theodore Roosevelt School, 9 Ogden Street.

“We wanted to bring together all our partners in this unique format to share with north side residents and business owners why we remain very optimistic about the future of this neighborhood,” said Tarik Abdelazim, Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development. “From major infrastructure projects to new youth programs and housing investments, there is a lot for north side residents to be excited about. We also want to make sure they have the opportunity to plug-in and help drive lasting, positive change in their neighborhood.”

The meeting is being organized by the City's Planning Department and Councilwoman Lea Webb, with involvement from a number of community partners and city officials.

“The North Side of Binghamton, which is one of our important gateways into the city, has several community development projects underway,” said Councilwoman Lea Webb. “These initiatives will improve streets, expand opportunities for small business development and jobs, and connect youth, families and seniors with resources to change their health outcomes. Our meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to hear about these neighborhood improvement efforts but more importantly provide input on these great projects.”

The meeting will feature the following presentations, with time allotted afterward for attendees to engage directly with any of the presenters and learn more about any specific project or initiative:

•6:00 – 6:15: Welcome by Councilwoman Lea Webb and Planning Director Tarik Abdelazim
•6:15 – 6:45: Final draft plan for the North Chenango Brownfield Opportunity Area, presented by David Smith, VHB Engineering, consultant under contract with City for this initiative
•6:45 – 7:00: Final design for Chenango Connector Trail Project, presented by Shumaker Engineering, consultant under contract with City for this initiative
•7:00 – 7:15: Healthy Lifestyles Coalition Updates, presented by Amelia LoDolce, United Way Health Initiatives Manager
•7:15 – 7:25: Lee Barta Community Center Youth Programs, presented by Colleen Wagner, City Youth Bureau Director
•7:25 – 7:30: I-86 Pedestrian Bridge Project, presented by Mark Bowers, NYSDOT Associate Capital Program Analyst & Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator
•7:30 – 8:00: Question and Answer session

In an effort to boost attendance, the City mailed postcard invitations to more than 1,240 residents and businesses on the North Side, and distributed posters and email invitations through their community networks.

“Most of the projects above are being driven entirely by volunteer citizens who care deeply about the north side, and this forum is a great way to acknowledge their work and determination, and hopefully inspire more residents to become engaged,” said Abdelazim.

For more information, please contact the Planning, Housing, and Community Development Department at 772-7028 or email
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