hilltop community plan DISCUSSION WORKBOOK
get involved meet neighbors share your voice propose solutions express yourself shape the future get involved learn our history tell your story identify problems listen to neighbors build community get involved meet neighbors share your voice propose solutions express yourself shape the future get involved learn our history tell your story identify problems DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS
agenda T H U R S DAY, N OV. 8
NEXT MEETING THURSDAY, DEC. 13
ENJOY DINNER & MEET NEIGHBORS!
HILLTOP COMMUNITY PLAN The Hilltop Community Plan will engage neighbors and stakeholders to understand the opportunities and challenges facing the Hilltop. Recommendations in the plan will focus on people, place, and housing.
6:00PM Dinner! Grab some food and make conversation for a bit.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY PLAN? A framework for the future physical and social investments of an area that relies on guidance from residents and stakeholders of the community in decision-making processes. Community planning relies upon an unwavering commitment to transparency. Our approach to community engagement is based on inclusion and consistent communication with residentsâ€”like you! THE NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN CENTER The Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) is a non-profit founded in 1982 to serve six corridors. We believe that great design is a right, not a privilege.
Kerry Reeds and Matthew Adair The Neighborhood Design Center
Discuss Oct. 11 Meeting
Results from the mapping exercise Results from priority ranking exercise
6:30PM Independent Visioning for 2038 and Hilltop Pre-K Center Survey If you left the Hilltop for 20 years, how would
you want the neighborhood to be in 2038?
7:00PM Group Exercise: Land Re-Use Work together to let us know how specific spots
in the neighborhood should be reimagined!
7:45PM Future discussion topics? Research? Do you have any ideas that we should look
into? Let us know and we can discuss at a future meeting.
THANK YOU! Thank you for coming, and being part of the Hilltop Community Plan! Please encourage your friends and neighbors to attend future events. *Must arrive by 6:30pm to receive a raffle ticket.
PARTNERS 614.221.5001 1
north of mound west of I-70 south of RR tracks east of Roys/Hague 2.99 square miles Pop. 1960: 32,279 Pop. 2016: 19,980*
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median year built
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% of income spent on rent
median owner-occupied home value S CU
*1960 census tracts used: 44, 45, 47, 48, and 49 2016 census tracts used: 45, 47, 48.1, 48.2. and 49
median gross rent
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less than H.S. diploma
median household income
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E. T AV IVAN SULL
September 24 | Coin Count Results
The voting station at the Sept. 24 event allowed residents to distribute coins among the categories matching their personal priorities. The results help us understand what services/amenities are most important in your community.
Health Transportation Recreation
October 11 | Statement Priority Group Exercise Residents split into two groups per category—People, Place, and Home—to discuss which resident-submitted issues were most important to them. Each group distributed twenty coins among four categories to indicate priority level. PEOPLE Health A • Address social determinants of health Health B • Foster collaboration with residents, business, organizations, places, form a stronger sense of community. Education A • Align social services & resources better for people w/ needs Education B • Trade schools Employment A • Transportation to job/training Employment B • Increase in local businesses on Broad St. Income A • More econ. development Income B • Push commercial property owners to fix and lease properties
PLACE Business A • The Hilltop needs a signature destination spot, restaurant/bar like Franklinton has. Business B • Neighborhood clean-up. Safety A • Crime: Prostitution, domestic violence, gang activity, and drugs Safety B • Crime: Prostitution, domestic violence, gang activity, and drugs Mobility A • Better transportation options Mobility B • Increase access to health resources, education, and employment Recreation A • More program(s) and activities for kids and young adults Recreation B • More program(s) and activities for kids and young adults
HOME Mixed-Income A • Rehabilitate existing housing (not historic). Mixed-Income B • Rehabilitate existing housing Quality A • More code enforcement for bad landlords Quality B • Fund for code enforcement for senior & owner-occupied residences to bring older homes up to code Affordability A • Repair/maintain seniors’ homes Affordability B • Partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create low-cost housing opportunities using existing housing Homeownership A • Help seniors maintain homes Homeownership B • Incentives for owner-occupied purchase/maintenance
October 11 | Individual Mapping Investment Exercise We asked participants to mark on a map which areas they would like to see investmentâ€”with yellow strips for residential and red for retail/commercial. The heat maps below display the combined results from 61 completed maps. The darker the box is, the more people marked it. These results will help guide plan recommendations. RETAIL INVESTMENT MAP The areas that received the most recommendation from residents were W. Broad St. between Wheatland & Ricahardson, and on Sullivant Avenue between Highland and Terrace. In general, most of the W. Broad and Sullivant corridors were of concern to residents.
HOUSING INVESTMENT MAP According to participants, the area in highest need of housing investment is between W. Broad and Olive St. from Richardson to Wayne Avenue, as well as near the intersection of Wayne and Palmetto St. As expected, recommended housing investment is less concentrated than retail investment.
what we’ve heard PEOPLE
• More needle exchanges. Easy access to STD testing and pregnancy prevention • Women’s drop-in center on Sullivant Ave to tackle prostitution, opiate addiction. Reduce infant mortality • Health fairs needed, need better transport for health services • Drug problem and the crime related to it • Foster collaboration with residents, business, organizations, places, form a stronger sense of community • More safe zones • Women and mothers in the community need more resources • Sex worker outreach • Address social determinants of health • Support faith based community members/ organizations • City must work with groups that are “in the trenches” • Rehabilitation--Drugs--Released offenders need jobs, will reduce crime and renew community • Need funding for additional drop in centers (Sullivant Ave.) • Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone monthly meetings foster collaboration • Drug treatment and prevention programs • Focus needed on health and fitness • Desperate need for senior services • Address resident apathy • Need to address trauma and mental health issues within refugee community • Help needed for domestic violence and family violence, child abuse within refugee community due to different cultural norms • Need to address underage marriage, teen pregnancies, and related sexual health issues • Female genital mutilation is an issue that needs addressing • Need a hospital, doctor’s offices, and urgent care 5
• Engage 18-24 year olds • Need a way for people to volunteer to help at schools. Faith based also • Need home economics courses back in school and for adults also • Human development... Support groups that are doing the hard work • Increasing community involvement in Highland West Civic Association • More people (even without kids) involved and helping PTA • Better utilize social media to get more people involved • Immigrant community resources needed • Trade school • Better communicate available services to those in need, possible accessible victim resources • Align social services and resources better direct those with needs • Parents concerned about education groups • Recruit additional volunteers for walking school bus program • Getting children safely home from school (protect young women from trafficking) • Engaged parent groups (parents more involved in kid’s education/schools meeting parents in the middle)
• Lack of opportunities for people with backgrounds: barrier removal needed
• Hire residents to clear alleys of bulk dumps
• Diversity is a huge asset: immigrant communities, good mix of resident ages
• Carpentry, plumbing, solar install, and electric classes for residents
• Need sustainable employment opportunities and job training
• Engage with smaller neighborhoods equally
• Increase in local businesses on Broad St.
• Hire residents to pick up trash, trim lawns, trim trees, clear invasive honeysuckle, clear catch basins, etc.
• True access to equal opportunity • Transportation to jobs and training • Veterans in the community need more support • Increase local jobs that people can walk to • Training programs for fields that serve other community goals; education, renewable energy
• Job fairs with a focus on different language groups • Push commercial property owners to fix up and lease properties • Circular economy built in Hilltop (employ locals to support locals) • Neighborhoods are fractured on Hilltop
• Develop communication channel that reaches residents and local organizations effectively
• Homelessness needs to be better addressed; more resources
• More diverse places of employment in the neighborhood
• Tax incentives to Hilltop employers
• More economic development
• Need more jobs for youth to prepare for job market. Also need more transportation to jobs and training • Redevelop retail/office/commercial areas outside Hilltop bus on the busline, e.g. W. Broad-270 and Westland
what we’ve heard P L AC E
• Neighborhood clean up, lots of loose trash and bulk items in yards • Close to downtown via freeway allows for proximity for opportunity • How can businesses be given incentives to consider the Hilltop • Vacant corridors on Broad and Sullivant: blank canvas for development • Creative solutions: cooperatives and worker owned enterprises • Limit parking on W Broad • Redevelop Westland Mall: employment center and supermarket needed • Great area for small businesses • Cleaner business areas • Micro investing community supported investing for small businesses • Lots of vacant retail and commercial space ready for city investment • End onerous parking requirements • Need more locally owned stores retail stores, within walking distance • Promote existing community events and businesses • Use old historic business buildings • More restaurants & neighborhood pubs • Community artists and entrepreneurs need assistance starting small businesses • The Hilltop needs a signature destination spot. A really great restaurant or bar like Franklinton has now • Streetscapes/ landscaping along Broad St. • Move city support for economic development along Broad/Sullivant and Western Shopping Center • Businesses need parking 7
• Crime: Prostitution, domestic violence, gang activity and drugs • Need for increased community safety • Cleaner streets and sidewalks for walkers • Community policing as a method to improve safety and community relationships • Increase lighting in alleys and along neighborhood streets • Get the children involved in cleaning up and taking pride in neighborhood. That would help keep the youth out of the streets • People driving too fast on residential streets • Place cameras outside of all parks and rec centers on the west side to catch illegal activities • More COTA bus shelters • Enforce illegal panhandling • Support friends of the Hilltop, Westside Running Club, Westgate Neighborhood Association • More sidewalks in areas that do not have them • More police officers (on bikes) • More police of color • Increase health resources, education and employment • Angled speed bumps - (not just straight across) • Safety first! • My main concern is safety, cleaning and picking up trash in neighborhoods, more police officers, prostitution and drugs • Proactive policing instead of reactive policing, more patrol officers
P L AC E MOBILITY
• Finish connecting Camp Chase at W Sullivant through Valleyview, E Eureka rd
• Better public transportation
• Improve transportation for the disabled/ elderly
• More libraries
• Need a public pool
• Expand bus routes
• Let commercial people go in on buying property together/a coop?
• Traffic lighting/intersection alignment. ex N Wheatland/S. Wheatland at corner store
• Dog park
• North Wheatland Road improvements to accommodate new WODA building. Bike, walk, parking (alley)
• Promote Camp Chase and places to rest a long way
• Activate Big Run Park for more recreation
• Better, safer bus stops and more bus shelters
• Utilizing city resources! and add more (Recreation centers)
• Existing sidewalks are in poor condition and more sidewalks are needed
• Camp Chase Trail is a significant new community asset
• Transform Broad Street to better accommodate foot and bike traffic
• Better, safer bus stops
• Bike share docks (Shared mobility devices)
• Neighborhoods community gardens/ parks
• Cars parked on the streets all the time • Consider a rail line to business sectors • Increase health resources, education and employment • Better transportation options • Speed bump by school, parks, recs • Trench workers in need of vehicles to transport folks to recovery places
• More baseball fields
• Need to open up on Mondays exercise equipment should be free to use • More program activities for kids and young adults • Start a bike club in the Hilltop • Fix the one-ways! • Need senior programing
• Traffic lighting, intersection alignment, N/S Wheatland lots of accidents! • Better parking in commercial
what we’ve heard HOME
• Build higher, 35’ height needs to be updated • Opportunity for mixed income housing to bring in new residents • More senior housing needed • More low-income tax credit properties • People are being pushed westward • Make housing available to give stability to homeless families with children
• Home repair help/options to age in place • Creative use of vacant lots and revitalization of vacant homes • Consider additional community gardens; pocket parks on vacant lots • Assistance for the poor/especially elderly homeowners to help them clean up and repair property; don’t hit them with excessive code enforcement. • More code enforcement of bad landlords
• Rehab existing historic housing
• Home repair program needed
• Need more apartments and less tearing down of rental apartments
• City should inspect rental propertyies
• Ability to create unique small neighborhoods within the larger neighborhood • Need higher end condos
• In need of local landlords over landlords living in other areas • Many vacant lots and abandoned houses • Try to work with landlords to clean up their properties • Flooding issues • Landlords don’t screen tenants, will rent to anyone • Slumlords must go! • Provide 90 gallon trash containers throughout Hilltop • More community gardens • Plant more city trees • Better-connected block watches • Help seniors age in place (e.g. home repair home alterations) • More street cameras • Fund for code enforcement, help fund for older and owner-occupied residences • City needs to do a better job of keeping alleys clean of litter
• Property tax support for landlords renting to low income residents
• Support existing home owners on care of property
• Keep housing affordable especially for seniors in the area who may be getting priced out
• First-time home buyer tax credit for Hilltop (or better yet a grant)
• More affordability • Land bank to land trust • Programs to help seniors be able to afford repairing of homes • Need classes giving info for proper maintenance of homes • Regulate flipping specifications. More buying options for low and middleincome residents
• Rehab historic and architecturally interesting housing stock • Work with community to make sure residents stay • We need more local hot spots i.e.. breweries, restaurants, etc. to attract young home owners • Appeal to millennials and young families • More owner-occupied homes • Can the city work to help new/first time homeowners buy in the Hilltop?
• Housing for low-income families with barriers (like victims) without slum lords
• Residents are not as involved in the community
• Work at habitat for humanity on home ownership in our community
• We need a real, active, open-minded block watch!
• Partnership with Habit for Humanity to provide affordable ownership housing
• Make tenants equally responsible for code violators
• Create low-cost housing opportunities using existing housing
• Provide references to reliable carpenters, electricians etc.
• Homes are affordable
• Complete unfinished construction projects on neighborhood properties
• Land trust, no reason Hilltop can’t catch this before its too late
• Connect land owners with volunteer groups
• Help bring the Hilltop with the culture. No more gentrification! • Community solar co-op (to help neighborhoods pay utilities)
• Offer tax abatements for home improvements • Individuals neighborhoods should have clearer boundaries • Help owners with programs to maintain their homes • Host one meeting a month for financial coaching in Highland West
NEXT MEETING AT J. ASHBURN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB â€¢ Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6PM
WHAT ARE WE MISSING?
Questions? Comments? Contact us! 614-221-5001