I’ve got to admit it. When the Birmingham City Center Master Plan Final Recommendations (a must-read) were released last December, I feared it would be another one of those plans placed on the proverbial shelf, and never heard from again.
Thanks to Urban Impact and Rev Birmingham with Alabama Power and the City of Birmingham that is not going to happen this time.
Beginning September 29th, there will be a series of virtual community roundtables where residents, business and property owners and members from the faith community will be encouraged to hear the facts about the Northwest Downtown Quadrant of the master plan, and provide feedback and guidance on how this plan should be executed.
Where is the Northwest Downtown Birmingham quadrant? It is the Civil Rights District and The Switch. An area that incorporates the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Innovation Depot and Historic 4th Avenue Business District.
Virtual Meetings September 29-October 1 – Executing the Plan
In announcing the virtual roundtables, the keyword for me is “execute.” This is the community’s opportunity to help guide the plan. The bottom line, we are moving from “planning” to “action.”
Here is a link to the 11-month timeline describing how we are going to get from Point A to Point B “executing” the Northwest Downtown Quadrant Master Plan.
Register Today to Participate
Interested in participating? Register for the Zoom virtual meeting and take the visioning survey.
Below is the schedule of roundtable meetings with registration links:
- Neighborhood Community Roundtable: Master Development Plan for NW Downtown Birmingham, September 29, 6:00PM
Seeking participants who live in the Fountain Heights, Smithfield Neighborhoods and visit the district from your neighborhood.
- Business Community Roundtable Master Development Plan for NW Downtown Birmingham, September 30, 6:00PM
Seeking participants who work, own a business, conduct business, or own property in the Civil Rights District & The Switch.
- Faith Community Roundtable Master Development Plan for NW Downtown Birmingham, Oct 1, 6:00PM
Seeking people who worship, volunteer, or have a religious or non-profit connection to the district.
Urban Impact’s Ivan Holloway and Rev Birmingham’s David Fleming describe ways this new round of planning is a game changer.
“This planning effort is an opportunity to transform this historic district into a global destination through a common district theme with the appropriate development, while creating equity and opportunity for our community. Your participation and feedback is essential to getting it right,” says Ivan Holloway, Executive Director of Urban Impact Birmingham.
“The Civil Rights District and The Switch each have great potential on their own – but together, the partners and stakeholders of both districts can create unstoppable momentum. The City Center Master Plan calls these districts out as areas of opportunity. This Northwest Downtown plan is the next level of strategic, actionable steps toward more vibrant districts in this part of downtown.” ~ David Fleming, REV Birmingham President and CEO