Plan in the works for North B’ham revitalization

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham has been hired to create a framework plan for North Birmingham redevelopment.

Before the commission drafts a plan, they are looking to Graduate students with the School City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Darrell Howard, Deputy Director of Planning with the commission says initially, they wanted to work with UAB and/or Birmingham Southern but their experience with city planning and regional development was specific to trails and other green space projects.

Students with Georgia Tech presented a draft Health Impact Assessment to members of the North Birmingham Coalition, the Regional Planning Commission and Birmingham City Councilman William Parker in Atlanta Friday.

After several months of research, visiting North Birmingham and conducting focus groups with children and residents, students the students have found 7 target areas of improvement for the the North Birmingham area by doing an assessment on how the current state of the community can affect the health of residents.

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham will take what they’ve learned and apply it to their master plan for redeveloping the area.

The students recommendations include but are not limited to: down-zoning in areas around industrial facilities, community specific shuttles services for better access to health care, workforce development programs and a free space plan to help separate industry from residential areas.

Jimmy Smith of Collegeville says, “for the first time in my lifetime I feel like we are able to voice our concerns and ideas to shape where we live. This meeting was very positive and shows that progress if being made.”

The final version of the Health Assessment Plan is expected to be complete by Summer.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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