Friday, June 21, 2019

Neighborhood Plan

This is the beginning.

There has never been a plan for our neighborhood.

From the time modern homes started to be built on this hill over a century ago; through the booming industrial mid-century; continuing into the post-war era and the subsequent rust belt “we’re leaving for the suburbs” days, there has never been a plan to improve this part of Erie. Until now.

The City of Erie is working with us. City Planner Kathy Wyrosdick introduced the planning process for Academy-Marvintown on Tuesday. 

Here's what is going to happen next.

We are going to gather data on every piece of property in the neighborhood. This is where we need your help. There is a volunteer training session Monday, June 24th, at 6 pm, at the Academy Neighborhood Center, 3025 French Street. If you can attend, please click through and contact the Academy Neighborhood Association. Even if you read this after June 24th we can still train you quickly at any Academy Neighborhood Open Office Hours, Mondays 6-7:30 pm at 3025 French Street.

Volunteers and the folks from the planners office will use the app to record data from every property in the neighborhood.

If you want to be trained to gather data, you will need to download a smartphone app. Contact the Academy Neighborhood Association official Facebook page and I’ll send you the info.


In addition to the work that the City Planner's Office (along with neighborhood volunteers) will be doing, a planning room has been set up at the Academy Neighborhood Center. Everyone is welcome to stop by and take a closer look at the maps and plans as they develop. You'll also have a chance to comment on a number of questions:
1. What are our neighborhood's assets?
2. What are our neighborhood's biggest challenges?
3. What are some things that might surprise someone about our neighborhood?
The more people that comment the better.

Here is all of the information provided by Kathy Wyrosdick:

Please take a close look at this map. Note that the area where the plan is being developed is two census tracts - and is larger than what we normally consider our neighborhood.

This is a big opportunity for our neighborhood. Make sure your voice is heard.