For the BIG Picture, we will be focusing on four main issues of economic development: greyfields, retail, design guidelines, and the new economy.
In planner-speak, “greyfields” are areas that have already been developed (unlike “greenfields”), but are underutilized. In many cases, this is used to describe empty parking lots, but it can also be used to describe largely vacant or floundering shopping centers. Huntsville has a number of large grayfield redevelopment opportunities– common examples include Haysland Square in South Huntsville, the North Parkway retail corridor, Madison Square. What can we do to redevelop these areas?
Two Citizens’ Academies will be held on this subject:
Economic Development Part I: Greyfields/The Changing Face of Retail
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Lee High School, 2500 Meridian St. NE
Economic Development Part II: Design Guidelines/The New Economy
Tuesday, September 18, 2014
Challenger Middle School, 13555 Chaney Thompson Rd. SE