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‘801BAM’ to focus on land development, crime reduction plan for downtown Huntington

The City of Huntington’s Planning Office will host a public presentation and discussion next week that will serve dual purposes.

The event, dubbed “801BAM,” will be on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 801 3rd Ave. Presentations will focus on a preliminary plan to address crime and economic development in the downtown as well as a discussion led by a nationally-renowned planner on how different types of land development affect the city’s revenue streams.

801BAM will begin at 5 p.m. with a meet-and-greet featuring live music by Brad Goodall, food trucks and an art exhibit hosted by Two-Headed Dog Collective, a new organization that has a mission of providing nontraditional venues for local artists to showcase their work.

At 6 p.m., city officials will unveil a preliminary plan for developing a crime reduction and economic development strategy for the downtown. The plan is the result of the city’s 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation planning grant. 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.

Following the BCJI grant presentation, Joe Minicozzi, a planner and the principal of Urban3, a consulting company created by Asheville, N.C., real estate developer Public Interest Projects, will deliver the keynote address on how the city’s revenue sources are affected by different types of land development. The presentation will include information from a mapping project that began last spring to analyze property value data in Huntington.

“Mr. Minicozzi’s presentation is a culmination of our research and will put the data we have gathered into a national perspective,” City Planner Bre Shell said. “We will discuss the types of land development we could encourage to produce the most financial benefit for the city.”

The event is a partnership among the City of Huntington, Create Huntington, the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Partnership and Collective Impact. For more information, contact Shell at shellb@cityofhuntington.com.

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