Feb. 17, 2010
SAINIT JOHN (CNB) - Community information sessions regarding the Crescent Valley master plan will take place in March, Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock and Saint John Mayor Ivan Court announced today.
"This vision of how the Crescent Valley neighbourhood will look over the next several decades is exciting," said Lamrock. "It will address some of the social inclusion issues that the people of this community have faced when trying to lift themselves up out of poverty. I encourage residents of Crescent Valley and greater Saint John to attend one of the information sessions and provide their thoughts on the conceptual plan."
The 20-year plan recommends a five-phase approach to the redevelopment of Crescent Valley, with emphasis on sustainable development, proper land use, environmental sensitivity, adequate infrastructure, and social and economic development. The plan addresses social isolation by changing Crescent Valley from a dedicated social housing community to a mixed income community which targets a diverse population. Green spaces and structured areas are included to encourage active living and to promote a sense of belonging and ownership for the residents.
"This is an important step in revitalizing this priority neighbourhood," said Court. "We are excited to show residents the plans that they helped create."
The community information sessions are scheduled for March 9, 11, 16 and 18; two for the residents of Crescent Valley, one for the business and development community and one for the non-profit community. Additional sessions will be added as required. The locations and target audiences will be advertized in the local media, through the Crescent Valley Tenants' Association and on the Department of Social Development website.
The conceptual plan, developed by Avide Developments, was based on consultations with current residents of Crescent Valley as well as feedback received from a number of individuals, agencies, and public organizations whose clientele live in the neighbourhood.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416; Nancy Moar, communications, City of Saint John, 506-648-3715.