Gadsden residents next week will have two opportunities to provide feedback on development in the Noccalula Falls area.
The meetings are part of DesignPlace, a program from DesignAlabama, which is a citizen-led nonprofit.
A release from the City of Gadsden says that a team of design professionals, including planners, architects and landscape architects, will be meeting with the community to work on a plan to develop the Noccalula Corridor from the interstate to Meighan Boulevard.
The city says the goal is to look comprehensively at the corridor and find ways to build on the city’s recent investment in the area and open economic and quality of life potential.
“We think it is a great opportunity to bring a new perspective to help us develop some strategies and plans to make the area around Noccalula Falls even better,” Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton said. “We are looking to make this area more attractive and provide better access for local businesses and residents.”
The city became eligible to apply for the DesignPlace program after Guyton attended the Mayor’s DesignSummit in Prattville.
“DesignAlabama is excited to be working in partnership with the City of Gadsden as part of our DesignPlace program,” Gina Clifford, DesignAlabama executive director, said. “Gadsden is an amazing community and we can’t wait to bring in our team of design experts from across the state to be a small part in some of the next planning and design happening in this city.”
Despite the program’s focus on the Noccalula Corridor, the city is looking for input from the entire community.
Both meetings will be on a “come and go” basis at the Kiwanis Pavilion.
The first meeting is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and the second meeting is from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 16.