Since my last update, the POD Village proposal has gone through a couple committee meetings and produced some additional documentation. Of course, the project still has a lot of progress to make before the neighborhood can truly make an informed decision on it—a decision that will decide if the proposal goes forward.
Still, it was only about a month ago that the POD Village proposal was revealed to the neighborhood in what wasn’t necessarily the best unveiling: There hadn’t been any community involvement during the site selection process, and written documentation on the proposal was only received the day before a meeting on the subject.
Those hurdles aside, the willingness of the community to at least consider the proposal and work toward refining it has been impressive.
Going through the development process of the proposal, the KNA outlined a few requests:
- The timeline for the proposal be slowed down.
- The KNA’s newly formed committee be engaged in the planning process and collaborate with project leaders over a series of meetings to further work out the details of the project.
- The project leaders work with the KNA to sponsor a dedicated community forum in Kenton.
Looking at the timeline, it’s certainly been slowed down from the potential February launch. The KNA has been told that the city doesn’t even plan to spend money on permits, for example, until a neighborhood vote is held, and the KNA won’t be holding the fate-deciding neighborhood vote on the proposal until the next General Meeting, which is set for March 8th from 6pm to 8pm at Disjecta (8371 N Interstate Ave).
An official announcement of the vote will go out in the next issue of the Kenton Connect that is delivered to every residence in Kenton.
On the collaboration with project leaders and the KNA’s committee on the proposal, the process has been working and progress is being made. There are folks highly invested in this project across sectors, be it public, non-profit or education, that realize that they need to work with us for this proposal to have a chance. With that, the committee has been looking at draft village rules and at establishing a good neighborhood agreement while certainly raising plenty of concerns. As well, there still is a design charrette scheduled for the 28th to look at planning the site out.
As for a community forum, that hasn’t been established yet, but there has been talk of having it in mid-February. Stay tuned on that one.
Moving forward, the committee has two future meetings currently scheduled on the 24th of January and the 7th of February, 7pm, at the Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave). All Kenton residents are eligible to participate in committees and can be appointed by the KNA Chair. Please contact us if you would like to be involved with this committee and/or if you have questions, concerns, etc.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone that has chimed in and/or volunteered their time on this proposal; I know it’s been a challenging situation at times, but the neighborhood has handed it extremely well.