MassDevelopment, the Tyler Street Business Group, and the city of Pittsfield will hold a Sept. 26 open house to solicit public input on the Tyler Street Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) District, which is designed to revitalize Tyler Street and the Morningside neighborhood. This meeting, which will be held noon to 8 p.m. at the Berkshire Dream Center at 475 Tyler St., is an opportunity for members of the public to review and comment on a draft plan for the area.
The Transformative Development Initiative Fellow, Amewusika, “Sika” Sedzro and Elan Planning and Design Principal Lisa Nagle will present the emerging plan at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on that day.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to focus on the revitalization of Tyler Street and the Morningside Neighborhood, and this public open house offers a unique opportunity for everyone to provide input on our work and help guide the successful revitalization of the Tyler Street District,” said Diane Marcella, President, Tyler Street Business Group Inc.
The open house will include a series of hands-on “stations” at which participants can provide feedback on emerging recommendations and plan elements. Stations will include recommendations on housing and neighborhood development, arts and culture, parks and recreation, food resources, public transportation, and community resources. Community members are welcome to come and go as they please and participate as much or as little as they would like.
“It is my hope that our community understands that the revitalization of the Tyler Street District is one where their voices and thoughts matter. Each idea, suggestion, and inquiry helps to create fresh perspective, so I would encourage everyone to attend the upcoming open house later this month to share their input, knowing that it all helps to better this great neighborhood in our city ,” says Mayor Linda Tyer.
MassDevelopment selected the Tyler Street District, which runs the length of Tyler Street from First Street on the west, to Woodlawn Avenue on the east, and Stoddard Avenue to the north and Kellogg Street to the south, in 2015 as one of 10 Transformative Development Initiative Districts in Development. TDI is a redevelopment program for Gateway Cities designed to enhance local public-private engagement and community identity; stimulate an improved quality of life for local residents; and spur increased investment and economic activity. The Districts receive enhanced technical assistance, real-estate services, and equity investments in real estate.
MassDevelopment assigned TDI Fellow Sedzro this spring to advance the city’s redevelopment vision. She will work in Pittsfield for the next three years to help implement the Tyler Street District TDI Plan and work with local groups. Sedzro brings a wealth of experience in community development and planning, and previously worked in this field in the United States, Germany, Ghana, and Kenya.
“We appreciate the creative ideas and constructive feedback Pittsfield residents and businesses have offered to create this draft plan, a step forward in transforming the Tyler Street District,” Sedzro said. “MassDevelopment is pleased to partner with the City and the Tyler Street Business Group to help spur investment in this neighborhood and engage the community in realizing the area’s potential.”
“The Tyler Street TDI is a unique opportunity to make meaningful change in the district. The plan is a product of public input sessions, focus group meetings, and extensive effort on the committee’s part. It is truly a “place-based” plan built from the ground up. Our hope is that the vision for a revitalized Tyler Street and Morningside Neighborhood can be realized through the continued efforts of local groups and citizens,” said Nagle, Principal with Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Community members who are unable to attend the event or those who want more information about the Pittsfield TDI can visit: http://www.courbanize.com/projects/pittsfield-tdi/information
Project ideas, comments on emerging recommendations, and information about upcoming can be found on this participatory web platform.
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2016, MassDevelopment financed or managed 352 projects generating investment of more than $4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 8,200 jobs and build or rehabilitate about 4,200 residential units.