From the Town: TOWN OF IRONDEQUOIT OUTLINES NEXT STEPS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR TOWN HALL CAMPUS MASTER PLAN
Community members appointed to Steering Committee;
Online Survey launched in advance of first public meeting
Supervisor Dave Seeley today announced the commencement of public engagement to garner input regarding the reimagination of the Irondequoit Town Hall campus, with the creation of a community survey and dedicated webpage, along with the formation of a resident-driven steering committee to help move the process forward.
“This is one of the most exciting opportunities we’ve had as a community in some time: to shape the future of our Town Hall campus and transform it into a public park,” said Supervisor Seeley. “Whatever the final product looks like, it will be the result of feedback received by the community and once again demonstrate how Irondequoit excels at turning challenges into opportunities.”
As part of this planning effort, there will be a range of opportunities for the public to provide input and feedback on the Town Hall Campus Master Plan. A community survey has been released to gather community ideas and how the Town Hall Campus can be reimagined. Also, the Town has created a dedicated project webpage on the Town’s website to share information about key milestones and project updates. Residents can access a benchmark survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TownHallCampusPlan.
The first of multiple community engagement sessions will take place on Thursday, June 24th from 5pm -7pm at the Town Hall Broderick meeting room, 1280 Titus Ave, and will be done in concert with the Irondequoit Farmer’s Market that evening, where residents will be engaged for feedback as well. Later this summer, the Town will host a public informational meeting to share the ideas and draft planning concepts developed based on the widespread community input received through the process.
Residents can find additional information about the project by visiting a new webpage at www.irondequoit.org/backyard.
Last month, the Town announced plans to transform of the rear portion of its municipal campus on Titus Avenue. The Town is seeking to repurpose roughly seven acres of land on the Town campus into public parkland and recreational space, including the site of the former Department of Public Works facility, which was relocated following a devastating 2016 fire.
The Town Board has tentatively earmarked approximately $2 million for the implementation of the project, which it hopes to complete by 2022. At its May meeting, the Town Board contracted with EDR to spearhead the Master plan process, which will take place throughout this Summer.
As it did with the development of the future Irondequoit Community Center, the Town, working with EDR, will utilize a steering committee – made up of a diverse cross-section of Town residents and also Town Staff – to collect and synthesize community input to generate a blueprint for moving forward.
Steering Committee membership is as follows:
|Krista Greer||Kimie Romeo – Town Councilmember|
|Thomas Polech||Greg Benoit – Library Director|
|Betsy Walther||Kerry Ivers – Director of Development|
|Genevieve Norris-Brown||Robert Kiley – Commissioner of Public Works &|
|Nick Robertson||Superintendent of Highways|
|Evert Garcia||Erin Magee – Deputy Commissioner of Public Works|
|Sarah Culp||EDR (Consultant)|
|Michael DiGiovanni||Jane Rice|