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Pontiac Residents and Businesses Invited to Be a Part of Historic Community Planning Workshop June 12

Public Date: 5/29/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Stephen W. Huber, Marketing & Communications Officer, Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

​Waterford, Michigan -- There will be a community open house workshop to plan Pontiac's future on Tuesday, June 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bowen Senior Center, 52 Bagley Street, in Pontiac. Residents, business owners, local agencies, government officials, developers and others are encouraged to attend.

"As the county seat, I truly want to see Pontiac bounce back," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "But it’s going to take a community-wide effort. That’s why I encourage anyone who has a stake in Pontiac to take part in this historic community planning workshop."
 
Public participation is vital to the success of the project. Those attending will 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 on March 17 at the Crofoot Ballroom.

The open house is part of a three-day planning workshop for 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. 
 
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, in partnership with the City of 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 Oakland County Planning & Economic Development at 248-858-5445.
 
Planning Workshop Schedule
All events will be held at the Bowen Senior Center, 52 Bagley Street, Pontiac and are open to the public.
 
Monday, June 11
9 a.m.-noon:  Planners will set up at the Bowen Senior Center
1 p.m.-7 p.m.: Small group stakeholder meetings
 
Tuesday, June 12
9 a.m.-10 a.m.:  Planners will set up at the Bowen Senior Center
10 a.m. - noon: Stakeholder meeting with the Bowen Center Golden Opportunity Club
4 p.m.-8 p.m.: Community Open House Workshop
 
Wednesday, June 13
9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Planners will complete designs and other documents based on public input
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Public invited to see complete designs and other workshop results

Late June Through Mid-July
 
Designs and other results from the workshop will be on display at Pontiac City Hall and other locations throughout the city and on line at www.pontiaclivability.org
 
About Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs
The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs is committed to promoting economic vitality, supporting distinct communities and conserving environmental resources through knowledge, cooperation and consultation services. For additional information, visit AdvantageOakland.com.