Gainsboro Neighborhood Center report to be released

Published: Apr. 25, 2023 at 7:29 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - You can attend a meeting to see what the future holds for the Gainsboro neighborhood in Roanoke.

The highly anticipated Gainsboro Neighborhood Center report is going to be presented to the public Tuesday.

It will be presented by Downtown Economics LLC, which is a consulting firm working with the city.

“They will be looking at where we can put some retail space, where we can look for space to create entrepreneurship. I think we’re looking at some public art possibilities. I think perhaps another little park,” said Chuck D’Aprix, Downtown Economics principal.

D’Aprix said the most important piece of this report was the community input and engagement, which they have collected over the last year.

”If people live in a neighborhood, they really want to feel as though they are part of it. That they’re engaged in it. That they can somehow have a voice in how it looks long-term, and I think that’s one of the things that drew us to this project, is that the city said ‘go out and listen to the neighbors’ and we did,” said D’Aprix.

In case you would like to attend the meeting, it will be held at the Gainsboro Library at 6 p.m. April 25.