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Public Invited to Give Input on Lewisburg's Design

Apr 13, 2016 09:41AM ● By Erica Shames

Lewisburg River Town Team announces

River Town Design Charrette (a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions)!

The public is invited to participate in a collaborative design workshop Wed., April 27, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Lewisburg Club, 131 Market St., to look at the potential of the publicly owned land along waterways in Lewisburg Borough. 

As with all River Town Team activities, this event is open to anyone with an interest in the community’s connection to the Susquehanna, whether or not they are residents or property owners in the Borough.  This is an issue with bearing on the daily lives, recreational options, and environmental health of more than just those with standing inside the Borough’s boundaries.

Please join us for pizza and planning at the Lewisburg Club that evening.  There will also be an optional site tour starting at 5:30pm at the intersection of N Water and St Anthony Streets.

The Lewisburg River Town Team began in 2014 as a collaboration between the Borough, the Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corporation, the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, and the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority, all working closely with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.  A kick-off public meeting that fall established the priorities for the group and since then committees have been meeting working in several areas:  events, conservation, planning, and connectivity. 

This semester a group of Bucknell University seniors in the Environmental Studies program are working with the LNC on a semester long capstone project which will move this project forward substantially.  A need for a more in depth planning and design process had been noted earlier and the students are helping to put on the charrette to accomplish that next step.

As a companion and complement to the charrette, the students are also circulating a River Town Survey to gauge attitudes toward, interest in, and current and desired levels of engagement with the river locally.  The survey is available to be completed either online or in a print version.  You can find it online at either LewisburgNeighborhoods.org/river-town-survey or tinyurl.com/LRTTsurvey.  You can pick up a print version from the Lewisburg Borough Office (55 S 5th St, Lewisburg).  Print copies can either be mailed to the Borough or dropped off in the submission box inside the Borough Office (open 8 to 4:30, M-F).  As with the design workshop, anyone in the area is welcome to complete the survey.  We would like to have very broad participation.

People may recall that another design charrette was held last fall focused specifically on the Bull Run Greenway running through Hufnagle Park.  The draft plan resulting from that ongoing process was presented publicly last week and is available on the LNC website for review now.  This upcoming event will be similar in some ways but will have a broader scope and look at sites as diverse as Wolfe Field (along Buffalo Creek), the Community Garden, Soldiers Memorial Park, Mariah’s Garden, and the St George St boat ramp.  It will seek to put existing and new ideas together and start to establish priorities and a critical path for the process moving forward.

For more information about this event or the Lewisburg River Town Team in general, please contact the Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corporation at 570.523.0114, elmstreet@dejazzd.com, or LewisburgNeighborhoods.org.

 


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