The "City Manager's Neighborhood Impact Initiative" program targets low and moderate income neighborhoods for improvements. The Lower Belvidere neighborhood is the current focus of the Neighborhood Impact Initiative program.
The Neighborhood Impact Initiative utilizes interdepartmental strategy and existing resources in a selected neighborhood each year aiming at a concentration of improvements that will improve the physical environment, enhance public safety and enrich the quality of life in core neighborhoods.
Candidate neighborhoods are identified using various data including public safety statistics, foreclosure rates, infrastructure needs as well as CDBG eligibility.
Previous Impact Initiative Neighborhoods:
Lower Highlands: 2011
Back Central: 2012
A comprehensive, concentrated use of funds is designed to leverage other public and private investments and to create substantive and sustainable change.
City Budget and Capital Plans
Community Development Block Grant Program
State Chapter 90 Program
Project departments and areas include:
Business assistance and best retail practices incentives from Economic Development
Coordinated public safety attention from Police and Fire
Enhanced code and health inspections with Development Services
Public park improvements Parks Department
Street and sidewalk reconstruction by Public Works
Streetscape enhancements by Public Works
Some elements the project seeks to include are:
Business sign and facade design assistance and grants
Cultural and historic highlight
New green spaces/"islands"
Park playground, sports facility and passive recreational space improvements