Waterford, Michigan -- A community meeting to help plan Pontiac's future is set for Aug. 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Centro Cristiano Latino, 2592 E. Walton Blvd., in Auburn Hills. While this meeting is tailored for the Hispanic community, all residents, business owners, local agencies, government officials, developers and others are encouraged to attend.
"It's going to take a community-wide effort to help Pontiac bounce back," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "That's why I encourage anyone who has a stake in Pontiac to take part in this historic community planning study."
Public participation is vital to the success of the project. Those attending can review and comment on newly developed alternative designs for readapting the Woodward Loop and improving the city's street, sidewalk and bike path system. The alternative designs were generated by project planners based on research and on ideas from the more than 100 people who attended the first community open house workshop in March and the 150 people that participated in a three-day workshop in June.
This meeting is part of the Downtown Pontiac Transportation Assessment, an 18-month-long study to find the best ways to connect downtown Pontiac with surrounding neighborhoods and communities. This effort includes Pontiac residents and businesses, the city of Pontiac, Oakland County, the Michigan Department of Transportation and planning consultants from Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan.
The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, in partnership with Pontiac, was awarded a $300,000 federal grant for this project. Oakland County is providing a $104,000 in-kind match through staff time devoted to the project.
For more information on the project, visit the project website at www.pontiaclivability.org or contact Julie Skene at 248-858-5437.
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