Services Recommendations

 

1

Create a working group of residents, business owners, and social service organization representatives for addressing neighborhood services.


2

Create a North End-specific framework and strategy to assist it in becoming a “complete neighborhood”.


3

Complete studies of Housing, Community & Social Services, Education, Healthcare, and Transportation in the North End; Add these studies to the North Limestone Cultural Plan.


4

Build better connections between already existing services and residents in the North End; ensure these services have adequate multilingual access.


Businesses Recommendations

 

1

Provide support for existing businesses through support grants, promotion, and any other means feasible.


2

Encourage new and existing businesses to hire residents from the North End.


3

Utilize granting resources and funds to create a venture capital and micro-granting fund for new businesses.


4

Incentivize the creation of minority-owned businesses within the neighborhood through specific programs.


5

Create subscription-based services to provide regular support to new businesses, as well as existing business that offer significant social and community benefits.


6

Facilitate the reorganization of the North Limestone Business Association.


7

Provide connections between North End residents wanting to start businesses and financial and educational resources.


8

Profile, document, and share stories of successful businesses within the North End.


9

Address infrastructure issues within the neighborhood to create a more pedestrian and mass-transit-friendly environment.


10

Help develop business plans for the most requested business types within the North End.


11

Work with new businesses to make programs and changes that allow all North End residents feel more welcome.


12

Work with businesses on creating price structures to ensure that businesses can be accessible to all North End residents, regardless of socio-economic status.


Food Access Recommendations

 

1

Provide support for grassroots, neighborhood-based alternative economic programs like Fresh Stop Market to expand their services.


2

Continue the community conversations / dinners regarding needs for improving access to fresh and healthy foods. 


3

Determine methods to increase locations with affordable, fresh, and healthy food options, as well as examine methods to increase transportation access to locations that already have these options.


4

Encourage neighborhood restaurants to put low-cost healthy food options on their menus, and create and carry affordable, pre-prepared “fresh-to-go” meals.


5

Create incentives for new and existing businesses to hire long-term and low-income neighborhood residents.


6

Encourage policies to better allow food to be grown in front-yards and allow the sale of produce from community gardens.


Public Space Recommendations

 

Castlewood Park


Improve Pedestrian Access to Castlewood Park - particularly access across Bryan Avenue, and the intersections at Bryan Avenue/Castlewood Drive/Maple Street.

1


Encourage the installation of more seating, benches, trash cans, and lighting.

2


Work with other organizations to help program more outdoor events and family-friendly gatherings in the Park.

3


Work with neighborhood organizations to plant more trees in Castlewood Park.

4


Ensure all trees in Castlewood Park are properly mulched and maintained.

5


Duncan Park


Work with LFUCG Division of Parks & Recreation to reinstall benches, tables, trash cans, update the water fountains, and install new lighting throughout the park.

6


Work with LFUCG Division of Parks & Recreation to create a feasibility plan for installing brick-and-mortar bathroom facilities.

7


Work with the Nest and area arts organizations to help program the North Limestone side of the park to make it more accessible and inviting.

8


Work with Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association to encourage more programming and events in the park on a more consistent basis.

9


Advocate for funding to provide better maintenance of Duncan Park basketball courts.

10


Streets and Sidewalks


Create a full survey of streets, sidewalks, and intersections that are in need of repair, ranked in priority order of need.

11


Advocate for further reductions in speed limits in the North End.

12


Advocate for turning North Limestone into a completely two-way street to reduce the speed of traffic and allow greater ease of transportation.

13


Advocate for the installation of new public trash cans on streets throughout the North End.

14


Advocate for street reconfiguration to include separated bike lanes and high-quality sidewalks, planted buffers and street trees where space allows.

15


Partner with LFUCG to enhance / supplement / advertise the Sidewalk Reconstruction Assistance program.

16


Community Gardens


Advocate for the creation of a new type of Code of Ordinance which allows for greater usage of Community Gardens, to be applied to a wide range of zoning classifications.

17


Work with Seedleaf and other Community Gardening organizations to complete any necessary repairs or expansions in infrastructure for Community Gardens in the North End.

18


Determine, advocate for, and secure dedicated funding streams for Community Garden maintenance and operation.

19


Other Public Spaces


Work with LFUCG Division of Parks and Recreation to provide more lighting in Brucetown Park.

20


Work with the residents of Brucetown neighborhood to determine further needs and issues with Brucetown Park.

21


Work with developers and private property owners to encourage any new Privately Owned Public Space to comply with the principles of the NYC Division of Planning’s POPS guidelines.

22


Opportunities for Improved Public Spaces


Determine, advocate for, and secure funding streams for public space interventions in the North End of Lexington.

23


Work with Bryan Ave. residents, business owners, and employees as well as the LFUCG Division of Planning to determine the potential of creating public space interventions on and along Bryan Avenue.

24


Evaluate the Castlewood Street Soccer Court Pilot Project to determine if future a permanent facility for street soccer is required and assess the demand for tennis courts in the park.

25


Discuss the opportunity of a public space intervention with the property owner of the North Broadway parking lot; if successful, work with residents on Withers and Fairlawn to determine highest and best use, as well as the steps to test that use.

26


Work with Kentucky Utilities and North Limestone property owners to determine if the public space interventions are possible for their spaces, then engage with 700 block of North Limestone residents, business owners and employees about what is needed in those spaces.

27


Work with STEAM Academy to do engagement and project design for Sixth and North Limestone public space interventions.

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Arts, Culture, & Creativity Recommendations

 

Create a Public Art toolkit for planning, funding, and public process recommendations to enable more neighborhood residents to take control of Public Art creation.

1


Create a North End public art advisory committee made up of key stakeholders (residents, business owners, arts organizations, and others) to help connect individuals and organizations wishing to install Public Art with other community members for input and to provide assistance with promotion and education for community-focused Public Art.

2


Encourage individuals and organizations installing Public Art in the North End to hold at least one (1) community meeting prior to planning a installation to get more input from North End residents and business owners, as guided by the toolkit.

3


Encourage Public Art installations to be more inclusive of community history, values, and other characteristics valued by North End residents and business owners.

4


Encourage the creation of Public Art to take place on publicly-owned land such as parks, community centers, and more.

5


Convene arts entities and individual artists in the North End to determine needs and create strategies to solve those issues.

6


Support artistic efforts that are non-commercially based that highlight North End culture.

7


Include artists in conversations around community development processes at all stages - including conception, planning, engagement, and execution.

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