South Cypress Creek Watershed and Neighborhood Redevelopment
This activity will provide flood control and community support for a Southwest Memphis low-income community faced with high levels of flood risk, vacancy, and blight.
Making Room for the River
This activity’s “Making Room for the River” design philosophy embraces the water, increases awareness of risk, and steps down that risk with a series of wetlands to buffer against flooding and accommodate storm water. Specific steps include the creation of wetlands, stormwater lots, and protective berms, along with buyout of vulnerable homes and stream restoration. These open space and infrastructure activities will make the neighborhood more resilient in future disaster and flooding events, create wildlife habitats and increase green space.
Community Programs and Vacant Land Reuse
Community programs and vacant lot reuse will support articulated community goals of community and economic development, retail services, social programs, and healthy food access. The vacant lot program will remove blight and help knit together the physical environment of the community by repurposing vacant lots for flood mitigation, food production, community activities and retail. The program will also identify suitable building lots for affordable rehabilitation or infill supporting community members displaced by 2011 flooding or voluntary buyouts.
Additional community support will be provided through the development of the Mitchell Road key on-road connector of the GREENPRINT which will provide six mile of new bike lanes connecting the neighborhood to T.O. Fuller State Park and local job centers. New neighborhood trails will also provide access to Roosevelt Park and connect local schools and community center.