The City of Wenatchee is the recipient of a technical assistance grant from the American Institute of Architects, Sustainable Design Assessment Team (AIA/SDAT).
The AIA/SDAT team of experts recently spent four days in Wenatchee (October 14-17, 2012) with stakeholders and provided recommendations to create a vision for the overall improvement of South Wenatchee. Click here to view the Power Point presentation of the team's recommendations on October 17, 2012.
The final report can be found here.
To understand what a Sustainable Design Assessment Team does, an overview from the American Institute of Architects can be found here. In order to receive this grant, the City of Wenatchee had to assemble a Steering Committee and put together an application for the program. The application can be found here. The overall goals of the project will be to:
OBJECTIVE OF THE SDAT PROCESS
This process would help achieve several objectives for the City of Wenatchee and our partners:
The overarching goal of this process is to develop a vision for sustainability for the South Wenatchee neighborhood that incorporates the following:
1) In light of the highway interchange project, provide recommendations for developing connections – physical, economic, social and cultural – to tie the neighborhood together, while acknowledging the importance of this regional transportation improvement.
2) Provide a framework for upgrading the residential and commercial areas of south Wenatchee that honors the needs of residents, business owners, property owners and cultural interests and provides a unique sense of place.
3) Provide recommendations for resources within the neighborhood that could be leveraged to assist with neighborhood revitalization i.e. programs at the community center, community based improvement efforts, projects for youth engagement and empowerment, entrepreneurial efforts that could reinvigorate the commercial area, and strategies for building leadership within the neighborhood.
4) Provide guidance for the sustainable investment of CDBG and homeless funds to address the needs of low income/at risk populations that reside in the neighborhood.
5) Provide goal and policy guidance to the city for the development of a sub area plan as a part of the update of the overall comprehensive plan of the city and associated capital improvement programs.
We believe this process will provide vision and guidance to assist South Wenatchee and the future of the City of Wenatchee.