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Ovid Downtown Re-visioning Project meetings

Cornell University’s Design Connect group, a multi-disciplinary, student run community design organization which provides planning services to improve local communities, has scheduled two meetings to gather public input for its Ovid Re-visioning Project. Meetings will be held on Sunday, November 2nd at 2 PM and Thursday, November 6th at 7:30 pm, both at the Ovid Fire Hall. Residents need only attend one of the sessions. Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) and Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension applied to the group to develop ideas for downtown Ovid’s “streetscape”. Design Connect will create conceptual ideas and renderings of a re-envisioned downtown as well as possible economic strategies to achieve the vision. Sample designs for vacant lots, street design, a coherent village design and signage will be produced. Designs will reflect community input and a feedback loop between the project team and community residents is an essential component in the process. The local Design Connect Project team includes students in planning, design, preservation and engineering. The local Design Connect Project team includes students in planning, design, preservation and engineering.The community meetings in November will be about envisioning what Ovid residents want for their downtown using small groups and printed maps. This input, along with the results of individual interviews will be used to develop plans that will be presented for feedback at another meeting to be held later in the month.“The ideas of the people who live and work in Ovid are critical to our process for developing the vision of what Downtown Ovid could look like.” said Design Connect’s Daniel Mckenna-Foster. “Our team is excited to be working on this project with the residents of the STEPS neighborhood and we hope they will be able to make it to one of the meetings to express their opinions so we can incorporate them into the designs.” Anyone with questions about the project is encouraged to contact Theresa Lahr at STEPS: (607)403-0069, mtlahr@gmail.com or Ave Bauder at Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension: (315) 539-9251, bauder@cornell.edu. The STEPS project is a long-term program that acknowledges that where you live and the social, economic and environmental state of your neighborhood has an impact on your health. It focuses on the positive assets of our community. As part of a year-long process STEPS is assessing the neighborhood (the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid and Romulus) to discover the many strengths we can build on to create a healthier community. Participation by all of the residents of the neighborhood is encouraged and welcomed. STEPS is a S2AY Rural Health Network project made possible by a grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. For more information call the STEPS office at (607) 403-0069.For nearly 100 years, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the County, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. For more information on programs, please call the office at 315-539-9251 or e-mail Seneca@cornell.edu.

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