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‘1100 BAM’ Offers Visioning Process for Downtown Huntington

HUNTINGTON – What is your vision for downtown Huntington?

That will be the question surrounding a two-day event May 7 and 8 in the 1100 block of 4th Avenue.

The event, “1100 BAM,” will be a location-based stakeholder engagement and visioning activity that will collect feedback and data on how city officials can improve downtown Huntington using the 1100 block of 4th Avenue as a showcase for changes.

The activity was initiated as part of the city’s 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Planning Grant, which aims to develop a crime reduction and economic development strategy for the downtown. Huntington is only one of 11 sites nationwide that received the planning grant.
A successful strategy will put the city in competition with the other sites for a $1 million implementation grant in 2016.

The two-day event will include a BCJI “Street Speaks” survey to gain perspectives about downtown crime and using a vacant storefront to highlight the BCJI initiative, Old Main Corridor improvements and more.

The event will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 7, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, May 8. Activities on Thursday include pet adoptions, a Create Huntington Chat n’ Chew, food vendors, Street Speaks survey and live music by Tyler Childers & the Food Stamps, The Horse Traders and Deadbeats & Barkers.

Activities Friday include pet adoptions and dog washes, a Create Huntington “Mob the Block,” a Critical Mass walk from the Ritter Park fountain to the 1100 block of 4th Avenue, Crossfit Huntington demonstrations, presentations from local law enforcement agencies, Street Speaks survey, food vendors and live music by Of the Dell, The Settlement and Sasha Colette.

For more information, contact City Planner Breanna Shell at 304-696-4438 or shellb@cityofhuntington.com.

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