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Buddy Dyer State of Downtown address at Ace Cafe

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Hizzonner will deliver his State of Downtown address today at 3 pm at The Ace Cafe.

If you can't make it but want to watch it live, you can do so HERE (link).

 

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Any new news come out of his remarks?  I attended the last 2-3 and there weren't any big announcements that I could recall 

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2 hours ago, Jernigan said:

Any new news come out of his remarks?  I attended the last 2-3 and there weren't any big announcements that I could recall 

I haven't had time to watch, but here's the stream from Facebook 

 

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Some key points that I found interesting:

Thomas Chatmon (head of DDB):

  • Constitution Green will get a dog wash & lighting for 24/7 usage.
  • The city will work with a property owner to put in an "interactive pocket park at the intersection of Orange & Robinson. It's going to have high caliber multimedia components to it... be very interactive."
  • Magic Entertainment District will have a major hotel & convention center (to bolster 6-11pm pedestrian activity)
  • Housing in Parramore to include mixed-income apartments. CRA will develop single family homes in Parramore

Dominique Ryan (night manager):

  • Safety: Nighttime economy committee (comprised of 28 groups which include bar owners, Condo/Management companies, OPD, city staff etc) "our relationship's right where it needs to be."

Doug Metzger (City Planning/ARB):

  • Under I-4 Project: The 9.5-acre urban park is expected to feature a soccer fields, basketball courts, crossfit facilities, ping pong tables, a splash pad, a playground, urban skate park, outdoor classroom spaces, indoor community rooms & staging for food trucks. (Per the OBJ, the dog track was removed from the original plan and replaced with "community rooms that people can rent out".)
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I wonder if the pocket park will be on the NE corner where the old gas station is or on the SW corner where the old bank vault used to be.

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Probably the SW corner. Doesn't St. James Cathedral own the lot with the gas station? It would have been nice to see that building repurposed.

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23 hours ago, nite owℓ said:

Some key points that I found interesting:

1) Thanks for the summary.  2) Does this remind anyone else of the different advisers in SimCity? 

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