Project Components

Community Outreach


It is important to involve the public in any planning initiative. During the development of the study, community residents, businesses, elected officials, property owners, development investors, and other stakeholders will be engaged extensively. These outreach efforts will include open houses, work sessions, and workshops, among other activities.

Milestones


  • Conduct a comprehensive outreach program to actively engage residents, property and business owners, and elected officials.
  • Produce and disseminate a project newsletter.
  • Maintain the project website.

Timeline


Ongoing

Reports & Presentations


TBA

Housing & Community Development


The availability and state of housing is a significant aspect of any community. Extensive research and analysis will be performed to identifying housing character and condition in the area for the purpose of determining the best strategies to address maintenance issues, overcrowding, and the high rate of foreclosure.

Milestones


  • Perform research and prepare a generalized housing assessment.
  • Develop revitalization strategies with recommendations for prioritizing the implementation of projects and programs that will assist in stabilizing housing in the area.

Timeline


Summer 2013 to Spring 2014

Reports & Presentations


TBA

Commercial Area Revitalization


Commercial areas provide essential services and contribute to the character and success of the area. These areas will be examined to determine consumer needs and competition in the community.

Milestones


  • Develop an economic analysis of the commercial areas to identify strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develop strategies to promote strengths and address weaknesses; attention should be paid to physical improvements, and the appropriate business mix as well as infill opportunities.
  • Identify locations and present recommendations for the strategic redevelopment of commercial areas.

Timeline


Summer 2013 to Spring 2014

Reports & Presentations


TBA

Pedestrian Safety & Access


The community has busy and often congested roadways, which pose several difficulties for pedestrians. An analysis of the transportation infrastructure will be used to improve pedestrian safety and access along the major corridors in the study area (Riggs Road, New Hampshire Avenue, East West Highway, Sargent Road, and Chillum Road).

Milestones


  • Conduct research and analysis on pedestrian access and safety issues.
  • Prepare a pedestrian safety and access report that includes practical pedestrian - and bicycle-friendly strategies along with potential funding sources.

Timeline


July 2013 to March 2013

Reports & Presentations


TBA

Sense of Place


Those characteristics that make a community special or unique and/or provide visitors with locational awareness is often referred to as a "sense of place." The history, atmosphere, and distinctive attributes of the Greater Chillum area will be examined to determine the identity of the community.

Milestones


  • Identify the characteristics that make the area special and promote community identity.
  • Develop strategies to help foster the community's sense of place.

Timeline


July 2013 to March 2013

Reports & Presentations


TBA