Second Public Meeting: South Cypress Creek Project
Mitchell High School was again the host of the second public meeting held on Tuesday, December 5th at 6 p.m. Residents of the West Junction Neighborhood and surrounding areas gathered in the cafeteria to hear a brief presentation by Sasaki, Inc. and to participate in an open workshop. The consultants presented three different approaches based on feedback from the meeting on September 28th. Each approach focused on abating the flood issues from South Cypress Creek that have plagued the neighborhood. The “Green Landings” approach featured creek access through board walks and extension of green space. The “Neighborhood Heart” focuses on redevelopment efforts in the heart of the community, while also providing trails and water access to South Cypress Creek. The final approach, “Community Spine”, provides for additional green space and park areas on the southern portion of the neighborhood. The park area is connected to the remainder of the neighborhood through trail connections that meander throughout the neighborhood including the South Cypress Creek floodway. All three concepts and approaches are provided.
After the presentation, the attendees were given a worksheet to complete during the walk-through workshop. The worksheets were collected at the end of the workshop and will be used to further refine the resident’s vision for the neighborhood within the constraints of the National Disaster Resilience Grant.
First Public Meeting: West Junction Neighborhood Design Meeting:
On Thursday, September 28th, 2017, Shelby County and the City of Memphis’ Office of Resilience, along with Sasaki, University of Tennessee’s Extension Institute of Agriculture, and Memphis Tilth, facilitated a design workshop for the West Junction Neighborhood. The workshop was held in the cafeteria at Mitchell High School.
The lead project consultant, Sasaki, gave a presentation to the community that included information about the Resilience Grant, including an extensive history about the grant and how the funds will be allocated for wetland restoration designs, re-purposing vacant lots to accomplish community and economic development, and increase access to fresh, healthy foods.
The presentation was followed by a question and answer session, where neighborhood residents asked specific questions about lot transformation and stream and wetland restoration. The evening was concluded by breaking the attendees into small groups. Each group was facilitated to allow the participants to express their desires for their neighborhood,through choosing a specific pre-determined land use type. The consultants are currently analyzing the information gained at the workshop and will present the results to the residences in another design/workshop format in late November or early December of 2017.
Below are some pictures from the West Junction Neighborhood Design Meeting: