At Fillmore Forward, our goal is to restore the beauty and vibrancy of the Broadway-Fillmore and Martin Luther Communities. As part of that effort, we're looking at spaces that are underutilized and distressed. Our goal is to rally the community around an effort to turn these neglected spaces into places the community treasures.

It starts with a space(s).

In this case, we've selected two spaces that are at focal local of both neighborhoods. One located at the corner of Broadway and Fillmore, the other located at the corner of Fillmore and East Ferry St.

Then we engage the community.

We invited those who live and work in the area to a public engagement session. At this session, we wanted the direct ideas of the community on how they would put the space to good use and there is not better way to acquire those ideas than asking the community first as they will be the ones to directly benefit from the adaptive reuse of the space. 

Of course, sometimes the best ideas simply aren't feasible. In these sessions, we also engaged with the community about constraints involved in using the space.  In this case, the consensus was that the two sites identified were the corner of Fillmore & Broadway, this vacant space owned by VIBES, Fillmore/E Ferry Street site which is owned by William Colston - Colston Mobil Auto Repair, would make an excellent little parks.

Joy Keubler Landscape Architect, PC co-hosted the first engagement session and provided design plans which reflected the feedback they received. The design involved a landscape that incorporates the existing billboard while adding trees, benches, lighting, artwork, and footpaths to make the space beautiful and fill the need for restful green spaces in the middle of an urban neighborhood.  The next step, of course, is to complete the project. 

We're working with the owners of the spaces involved, and engaging with residents and community-run businesses to provide the labor and materials to get the job done.  Our hope is to develop a volunteer program to restore underutilized lots throughout the neighborhood while incorporating service learning classes to youths on vacant lot restoration and continue to use the community's feedback to guide future project. 

If you own a space that is being underutilized and you don't have the money for upgrades, let us know. If you're a resident and you know of a space that could serve the community better, we want to hear from you. If you own a local business and have a way to make the community a little bit better, please reach out and contact us as soon as you can.

The Broadway-Fillmore and MLK Communities were vibrant and beautiful once and they could be so again. Remember for projects like these to maintain stability it will take funding, when available, time and dedication of the people who live and work here. If that's you, and you can help, we'd like to hear from you for future projects.

     

ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING
COMMITTEE

Focusing on the underlying economic vitality of the district.

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DESIGN 
COMMITTEE 

Enhancing physical elements of the community.

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ORGANIZATION 
COMMITTEE

A strong organizational foundation is key for a sustainability.

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PROMOTION 
COMMITTEE

Promoting commercial districts as centers of the community.

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