Africatown Plaza second community meeting and design reveal set for Tuesday June 25th.
At Africatown Community Land Trust, the marathon continues as the Africatown Plaza affordable housing development is rapidly taking shape with the second community design meeting scheduled for Tuesday June 25th at 5:30 PM at the Liberty Bank Building.
During the first design meeting last month, nearly 75 community members met with the architect team from GGLO and offered community feedback as to what they would want to see in the Africatown Plaza development design. At that meeting, community members were divided into 13 different groups and were given a basic rendering of the future development as well as design tools and asked to create their vision of what they would like Africatown Plaza to be. Those designs were then reviewed by the team at GGLO who in turn created some initial architecture designs based on the community feedback which they will be sharing on Tuesday.
Africatown Plaza, will be located on 23rd & Union in the old Midtown Plaza, and is the second affordable housing project in the Central District for the Africatown Community Land Trust, the first being the Liberty Bank Building which opened its doors earlier this year with 115 affordable housing units and was a development partnership between Africatown Community Land Trust, Capital Hill Housing, Byrd Barr Place, and the Black Community Impact Alliance. Africatown Plaza is slated break ground early 2020 and completing construction about 24 months later.
Africatown Plaza is slated to have up to 134 units of affordable housing as well as tens of thousands of square feet of commercial retail space with a lease cost structure that small businesses will find attractive.
What Africatown Community Land Trust found during the design process for the Liberty Bank Building was that the community was very interested in ensuring that the development offered culturally relevant design, architecture, and art. The end result being the Liberty Bank Building has been met with critical acclaim not only by residents but community and government stakeholders alike.
Africatown Community Land Trust has sought to repeat this comprehensive community feedback loop on the Africatown Plaza project as well and thus far the community interest and engagement surrounding the building is very high.
Community members are encouraged to be present and active participants in the process. Those who want to attend can click here for free tickets as space is limited.